New bath seat safety standards

Is there a bath seat purchase in your future for your baby? Then you need to know about new safety standards set by the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC),

The Turchick boys- photo by RAK blogger Rob Turchick

The new federal requirements add equirements for stricter stability, tighter leg openings, and larger permanent warning labels. The new labels warn parents that bath seats are not safety devices, and that infants should never be left unattended in a bath seat.

CPSC advises that the final rule goes into effect six months after publication in the Federal Register, and that no baby bath seats currently on the market comply with the new mandatory standard.

The recently released, revised drowning prevention policy from the American Academy of Pediatrics also addressed bathtub safety, and reminded parents that bath seats cannot be a substitute for adult supervision. Watch our recent Raising Arizona Kids/12News report on bathtub safety.

Giving parents tools to keep bath time safe is the goal of the Tubby Tag program, a partnership between La-Z-Boy Furniture Galleries, Water Watchers at Phoenix Children’s Hospital, and the Phoenix Fire Department.  The program helps distribute bath tub safety information.

Read more about keeping kids safe in the tub, and find out if your tub and shower surfaces are safe.

The “Tubby Tags” and folders are available free of charge at all La-Z-Boy Furniture Galleries stores, through Water Watchers at Phoenix Children’s Hospital, and through the Phoenix Fire Department.

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