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Stepping up for safety

We all know that I’m a bit of a safety dork and probably notice more about safety than most. However, I’m beginning to see how some of this safety “dorkdum” is beginning to change things.

Lately I’ve been happy to see that companies are stepping up to the plate and offering better warnings to parents about the use of their products.  While I don’t foresee the elimination of recalls or the ability for a company to test all the possible inappropriate ways a product can be used, I think some of these cautions are great.

For example, when looking for new bedding for Miss Mary I noticed that there was a label on the Pottery Barn sheets that the sheets were to be used on a firm mattress.  Then the label indicated the follow the ABCs of safe sleep. Another example, Ikea has a label in their shopping carts that they are not appropriate for holding car seats.  The child needs to sit directly in the shopping cart once he/she is the right age and weight.

I’m sure there are many more examples where companies are taking the safety messaging just one step further.  Have you seen any?

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