The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), an independent agency of the U.S. government, is charged with protecting the public from unreasonable risks of injury or death associated with the use of thousands of types of consumer products under the agency’s jurisdiction. According to the CPSC, deaths, injuries, and property damage from consumer product incidents cost the nation more than $1 trillion annually. The CPSC is committed to protecting consumers and families from products that pose a fire, electrical, chemical or mechanical hazard.
The Commission’s work is to help ensure the safety of consumer products such as toys, cribs, power tools, cigarette lighters and household chemicals. According to the CPSC, its work contributed to a decline in the rate of deaths and injuries associated with consumer products over the past 40 years. If you need more information on the CPSC, and how it operates, you can go to www.cpsc.gov.