Relevant Safety Information
Here at Little Monsters Children's Resale Shop, your family's safety and security is our number one priority. We are dedicated to providing you and your family with a safe, child-friendly shopping environment and do our best to ensure that all of the items we sell in store are safe for your little ones to use.
We take the time to ensure that the clothing, toys, equipment, furniture, and accessories in our store meet or exceed all mandatory and voluntary safety standards. Our staff is trained and well-educated in the subject of child safety and item recall identification tactics.
We constantly evaluate all of the new and gently-used products on our shelves by keeping up to date on all recalled or retrofitted items and work to ensure that each and every one meets all currently accepted government and industry safety standards. We do our very best not to purchase or stock recalled children's equipment, dangerous toys, malfunctioning furniture items. Any newly-identified or recently recalled products discovered on our store shelves are immediately pulled from circulation.
Helpful Safety Tips And Resources
As the old saying goes, "kids will be kids", and keeping that in mind, kids are going to slip, fall, crash, tumble, scrape, and bruise themselves... sometimes more frequently than we would like to admit. But no need to worry! It’s all just part of growing up, exploring, and learning about the many new environments our little ones find themselves in over time. However, there are a number of things we can do as parents and care-givers to ensure that our children are free to grow and explore while also reducing vulnerability to some of the more serious hazards that can lead to severe injuries, disabilities or death.
Safe Kids Worldwide
Safe Kids Worldwide is a global organization dedicated to identifying dangers and preventing injuries to children. This fantastic organization works with an extensive network of more than 400 coalitions in the United States and partners with other institutions in 25 countries around the world to reduce injuries from motor vehicles, sports, drownings, falls, burns, poisonings and more. Injuries often occur in predictable ways and can be completely avoided with the right education, awareness and planning. Their site provides a wealth of resources for parents, as well as a comprehensive list of household hazards and dangerous situations that children of all ages may find themselves in.
To learn more about child safety and commonly-overlooked hazards, follow the link provided to expand your knowledge on the subject.
Product Safety Resources
Most of the clothing, soft goods, toys, equipment, furniture, and accessories made for children is perfectly safe. However, once in a while, mistakes are made in the design and manufacturing process resulting in a defect or error in product performance. Consequently, this can lead to a defective or unsafe product being released on the market.
While there is no way to ensure all products are completely free of errors and safety defects before releasing them to the public, there are steps that can be taken to ensure you're purchasing quality merchandise that has passed certain testing and certification qualifications.
Established product testing guidelines set and performed by organizations outside of the manufacturing process help ensure adherence to standards set forth by the ASTM (American Society For Testing And Materials), and double check that all federal and state product retail laws are followed. As these tests are done in laboratories and facilities independent of the manufacturing organization, there is a greater chance of finding performance or safety issues. This process provides a more reliable guarantee that products meets the highest industry safety standards, while also providing an honest 3rd party opinion about the overall safety of a product.
The Juvenile Products Manufacturers Association
The Juvenile Products Manufacturers Association is a non-profit organization representing and certifying manufacturers who produce 95 percent of the prenatal to preschool products released in the U.S. market. Member companies manufacturer products in the following categories:
- Vehicle Transportation
- Health & Safety
- Sleep & Furniture
- Soft Goods
To find out if a product you're considering adding to your home has been certified by the JPMA, follow the link provided to perform a search.
Product Recall Information
Product recalls are requests to return a product after the discovery of safety issues or product defects that might endanger the consumer or put the maker/seller at risk of legal action. Due to the number of product manufacturers around the world and the number of goods being released, recalls are currently an unavoidable consequence of the manufacturing process and occur for a vast number of reasons.
Recalls are done in an effort to limit liability for corporate negligence which can cause legal action to be taken and to limit the damage done to users of the product and to a company's corporate image. It can be difficult, if not impossible, to determine how costly it can be for a company to accidentally release an unsafe product which may endanger or end someone's life. Therefore, rigorous testing is usually completed by companies beforehand to avoid the associated costs and bad publicity. However, mistakes are made and dangers may only be discovered after releasing the product into the market. Sometimes it can take months or even years before safety issues are identified.
A country's consumer protection laws will have specific requirements in regard to product recalls. Such regulations may include how much of the cost the manufacturer or distributor will have to bear, situations in which a recall is compulsory (usually because the risk to the public is quite large), and/or penalties imposed on manufacturers for failing to identify and recall a hazardous product. In most cases, the manufacturing organization will initiate a recall voluntarily before demands to do so come from higher governing bodies.
The Consumer Product Safety Commission
The United States Consumer Product Safety Commission has jurisdiction over more than 15,000 kinds of consumer products used in and around the home, in sports, recreation and schools including:
- Toys And Games
- Household Items
- Children's Products
- Outdoor Play Things
- Sporting Goods
If you believe you may have an unsafe item in your home or you're just curious and would like to check for any current product recalls, follow the link provided to perform a search.
Lead Poisoning Prevention
Long-term exposure to lead, a naturally occurring metal used in everything from construction materials to batteries, can cause serious health problems, particularly in young kids.
Lead is toxic to everyone, however unborn babies and young children are at greater risk for developing health complications from lead poisoning, as their smaller, growing bodies make them more susceptible to absorbing and retaining the toxic metal.
Each year in the United States, over 300,000 young children are found to have unsafe levels of lead in their blood, which can lead to a wide range of symptoms, from headaches and stomach pain to behavioral problems and anemia (not enough healthy red blood cells). Lead also can affect a child's developing brain.
The Lead-Free Kids Coalition
The Lead-Free Kids campaign is a joint effort of the Ad Council, the Environmental Protection Agency, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, and the Coalition to End Childhood Lead Poisoning. The goal of the campaign is to raise awareness of lead hazards and alert the public about available lead prevention resources, including:
- Facts about lead
- Educational outreach material
- Poisoning prevention techniques
- Cleanup assistance in your community
To find out more about lead poisoning and learn how to avoid related dangers, follow the link provided to expand your knowledge and save a life.