Author - Dev Gowda

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Dev Gowda is the Assistant Director at Kids in Danger (KID). Visit KidsInDanger.org on your smartphone or mobile device to search for recalls in addition to learning more about KID.   "Like" us on Facebook and follow KID on Twitter.

Your Car Seat Safety Questions - Answered!

Did you know that more than 73% of car seats are not used or installed correctly? In an effort to reduce misuse and confusion, Kids in Danger (KID) has compiled some of the most common questions we get about car seat use and installation and asked Jess Choi, Coalition Coordinator for Safe Kids Chicago for an expert’s answers.

Question: How do I know if my car seat is safe to use with my child?

Answer: The first step in using a car seat safely is to make sure it has not been recalle...

Posted on June 19, 2013 at 6:00 AM by Dev Gowda

You asked, we answered: Safety Q & A

Over the years, KID has answered hundreds of product safety related questions. Below are some of the most common questions that we get asked- maybe one of them is yours!

Don’t bumper pads make cribs safer by preventing babies from hitting their head against the crib rails or getting their arms and legs caught? 

 

Originally, when crib slats were far apart, bumpers were added to keep babies from falling through the slats and getting injured.  But the standards for slats was chan...

Posted on May 24, 2013 at 6:00 AM by Dev Gowda

Safety Before Savings - A Spring Shopping Guide for Parents

Spring is here and you know what that means; warmer weather, spring cleaning, and… yard sales! Generally speaking, garage sales are a great place to get a good deal, but they are also a likely place to find dangerous, recalled products. That’s why Kids in Danger (KID) has developed a handy Yard Sale Safety Checklist that you can bring with you as you shop. The checklist is full of great advice, but here are our 3 favorite tips from the flyer:


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Posted on April 17, 2013 at 6:00 AM by Dev Gowda

A year in review, children’s products recalls of 2012

We get it. Life is busy and you fall behind on checking all those products laying around the house for recalls. That’s OK, KID understands. Not only is it hard to check the items you already have, but it’s really difficult to keep up with the almost two children’s product recalls that are happening every week.

That’s why we put all the recalls from 2012 together in an easy to read chart as part of our annual recall report Safe Sleep, Safe Play: Children’s Product Safety and Recalls in ...

Posted on March 21, 2013 at 6:00 AM by Dev Gowda

Tips to help get your kids through the winter – safely!

With this recent blast of icy cold weather, it’s hard to think of anything else besides staying warm! However, Kids in Danger (KID) is here to give you some simple tips to help keep your child both warm AND safe this winter season. 



Keep checking the CPSC.gov website for product recalls. The agency just did a roundup of recent cold weather product recalls, and while no children’s products were included, that doesn’t mean they won’t be later. A winter season product parents nee...

Posted on March 01, 2013 at 7:14 AM by Dev Gowda

Tips to help get your kids through the winter – safely!

With this recent blast of icy cold weather, it’s hard to think of anything else besides staying warm! However, Kids in Danger (KID) is here to give you some simple tips to help keep your child both warm AND safe this winter season. 


Keep checking the CPSC.gov website for product recalls. The agency just did a roundup of recent cold weather product recalls, and while no children’s products were included, that doesn’t mean they won’t be later. A winter season product parents need to ...

Posted on February 01, 2013 at 7:00 AM by Dev Gowda

5 Promises to Keep for a Safer 2013

As we begin the New Year, consider making a wholehearted pledge to child safety in 2013. Below are 5 resolutions we urge you to keep not only for the upcoming year- but always. Share your commitment to safety and encourage family, friends, and colleagues to do the same!


5.) Take an inventory of all the child’s products in your home.

It takes less time than you would think, and it will save you tons of time later. Use our handy child product inventory sheet to log all the pro...

Posted on January 09, 2013 at 6:00 AM by Dev Gowda

Keeping Kids Safe This Holiday Season

Kids In Danger (KID) is passionate about keeping children safe over the holidays. Recently we learned about a 13 month old girl named Ellie, who died when the changing table attachment on a play yard came down on the back of her next as she stood up. We have seen too many children, such as Ellie, killed by unsafe products used while traveling during the holiday season.

While traveling and celebrating over the holidays, keep in mind these safety tips:


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Posted on December 10, 2012 at 6:00 AM by Dev Gowda

Safe Sleep: Crib Safety Information Every Parent Needs to Know

We all know how vital sleep is to our children (and to adults!) but we want to make sure that our children have a safe sleep. What is a safe sleep environment? It is an environment where the crib, bassinet or play yard meets CPSC (Consumer Product Safety Commission) and ASTM (American Society for Testing and Materials) standards. It means that nothing else is in the crib other than a tightly fitted mattress sheet and a baby placed on his or her back. Check out all our tips for a safe sleep...

Posted on November 09, 2012 at 7:40 AM by Dev Gowda

Drawing a line for safety

It can be awkward to see moms in your play group or your in-laws engaging in unsafe child care practices or wanting to do something you don’t think is safe when your child is in their care. How should you handle this?

When it comes to safety—especially car safety or safe sleep—it is worth the risk of being impolite. Situations range from your parents pulling down an old crib from the attic to a helpful friend willing to take your child for a play date—but without a safety seat.

How...

Posted on February 20, 2012 at 7:00 AM by Dev Gowda