Consumer Product Safety Commission (Recalls), YouTube and more!

This morning I was reading my Twitter feed headlines and came across a post that the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC ) was going to institute new crib rules to protect the children in our care from dangerous sleep environments.  @child_care_info retweeted it and then realized not everybody tweets!  So, I thought it would be helpful to find out all of the different ways you can find the most recent recall information and more to ensure we are using safe equipment while we create our children's environments.  These are all of the different ways you can be informed of recalls and new rules!

YouTube:  This is my favorite!  The CPSC  YouTube Station http://www.youtube.com/user/USCPSC#p/f has videos providing safety tips in general and explaining why items have been recalled.  You can subscribe to this station to get notifications when there are new videos.

Twitter:  Follow @OnSafety will give you the most up-to-date headlines of recalls and suggestions with links to further infomation. An example of a Tweet: "#CPSC expects new crib rule to be approved in Dec. Rule does away w/drop-side designs, strengthens wood quality & more.http://ht.ly/3dCSM."  For a quick overview of Twitter see our post.

Flickr:  CPSC has a Flickr photo stream.  This stream shows you the picture of the product being recalled and tells you why it is being recalled, with links to further detail.  http://www.flickr.com/photos/uscpsc

Smart Phone Applications: You can get "all products" recall list and news on your iPhone, Android or other Smart phone as well, http://apps.usa.gov/product-recalls-2/.

Blog: CPSC also has a blog that shares the relevant information and articles with you.  Provides safety tips in general as well as recall specific information.  For example last weeks post was on "Safe Babywearing Experience"http://www.cpsc.gov/onsafety/2010/11/a-safe-babywearing-experience/

Facebook: The Facebook page is no as robust as the other but you can "like" the CPSC on Facebook and get a few updates that way.  You can also easily share the organizations information via Facebook Like Suggestions.  Search for the Consumer Product Safety Commission in Facebook to find it.

CPSC has done a great job trying to keep us informed and safe!  Let's listen.

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Samantha Marshall, M.A.

Samantha is, just like you, excited to make a difference in our community and our world. With a Master of Arts degree in English Literature, you might ask how she found herself building and writing for a website focused on child care. From 1995 through 2001, Samantha started her career working for Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) sponsors which introduced her to the importance of non-profits, community and quality child care. Her experience with Sponsors, State Officials, and Family Child Care Providers left a great and lasting impression. Later in her career and her most recent position at SAGE Publications, an academic publisher, was as a product manager for a new online resource! During this time many of Samantha's passions collided. A love for the written word, children and the proliferation of knowledge as well as a fascination with the resources the internet gives us, building a community for child care on ChildCareInfo.com is the perfect way to make the difference she wanted to. Needless to say, she is very excited to be an active part of creating and building ChildCareInfo.com.