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Everyday Danger?

Questions swirl about child safety after a warning to families about a popular at-home treadmill.
What household items pose a threat to your children?
Here's what we discovered...

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Backstory:

  • An independent federal agency, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Comm. (CPSC), "urges" Americans to stop using the Peloton Tread+ b/c it poses "serious risks" to children - such as abrasions, fractures & death.
  • "39 incidents including one death"...from "becoming entrapped, pinned, and pulled under" the Peloton Tread+ (CPSC).
  • Peloton calls CPSC's statement "inaccurate and misleading," reminding all users to remove the device's safety key when not in use.

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Context:

Approx. 48 million = children under the age of 11 in America.
2,000 = reported treadmill injuries among children 8 and under in 2019.
Any loss of life is significant. Considering the rarity of this injury, we wanted to *also* ask:
After a year where many families spent more time at home than ever before, what does the data show about common dangers for children in every household?

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TIP-OVERS

  • Unintentional injuries are the leading cause of death in U.S. kids (CDC).
  • Tip-over accidents involving furniture, TVs & appliances sent an estimated 11,300 children on average to the ER each year and reportedly killed 469 children ( 1 month to 14 years old) from 2000 - 2019 (CPSC).
  • PREVENTION TIP: CPSC recommends anchoring down household items such as dressers, bookcases, TVs, TV stands and beyond.

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BURNS

  • 300+ U.S. children visit the ER daily for burn-related injuries & 2 die each day (CDC).
  • Burns from tap water cause more hospitalizations & deaths than burns from other hot liquids.
  • About 75% of children's scalding burns caused by hot liquids or steam are preventable (Johns Hopkins).
  • PREVENTION TIP: CDC recommends setting your water heater thermostat to 120°F or lower.

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PLANTS?

  • Poison incidents send 300+ U.S. children to the ER daily and two die each day (CDC).
  • Many result from medicines, cosmetics, or cleaning products, but plants rank #10 on the list of top pediatric poison exposures from kiddos ingesting houseplants (National Poison Data System).
  • PREVENTION TIP: Do a simple "background check" on your plants before bringing them home, especially if you have small children and pets.

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The last comprehensive report by the CDC on household injuries and children was issued in 2008! We reached out to the CDC to see if there's any updated *definitive* data.

Meanwhile, a federal class action lawsuit was filed against Peloton, accusing the company of selling and marketing the Tread+ "as safe and appropriate for use by families in the home, even though its design makes it inherently and uniquely dangerous to children."

May 3, 2021

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