The United States Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) wants parents to be aware of “5 Hidden Hazards in the Home”:


MAGNETS – “Small powerful magnets, if swallowed, can attract inside the body and block, twist or tear the intestines. If you think your child has swallowed a magnet, seek medical attention immediately.”

Swallowing small magnets can lead to catastrophic internal injuries, as we found out here, here, and here.


RECALLED PRODUCTS – “Be aware of the latest safety recalls and get dangerous products out of the home. Sign up for recall notices now at”

We’ve posted several recall alerts here.


WINDOWS – “Never place a crib or playpen near a window blind. To prevent strangulation use cordless blinds or install safety devices on blind cords; and install window guards or stops to prevent falls.”


TIPOVER – “Kids will climb. Top-heavy furniture, TVs and stoves can tip over and crush young children. Make them all more stable by installing anchors and brackets.”

Read about preventing TV tip-overs here.


POOLS AND SPA DRAINS – “Suction from a pool or spa drain can be powerful enough to trap a child or adult underwater. Inspect pools and spas for missing or broken drain covers.”

The PediaBlog reviewed pool and spa safety here, here, and here.


It looks like The PediaBlog hasn’t uncovered the dangers of window blinds yet. We will tomorrow.


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