Consumer Safety 101

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We’ve all seen the warnings on products we buy: fire hazard, keep away from water, and so on. But who creates those warnings?

The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is a federal agency with the mission to protect people from unreasonable risks of injury or death associated with thousands of types of consumer products under their jurisdiction. Property damage, injuries, and deaths from product incidents cost more than $1 trillion per year. CPSC works to protect consumers from products that pose fire, electrical, chemical, or mechanical hazards. To do so, CSPC:

  • Develops standards with organizations, manufacturers, and businesses
  • Bans products if standards aren’t enough
  • Obtains recalls, replacements, repairs, and refunds for products
  • Researches potential hazards
  • Informs and educates consumers and manufacturers

The CPSC has a Recall List where you can see what products have been recalled recently. To learn more about CPSC and consumer product safety, visit

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