Over the past couple of years the CPSC has done quite a bit to improve the reputation of the agency and its image. Nowhere is this more evident than online. The CPSC has embraced the social media movement and now has a more direct line to those who need their information most, the public. The CPSC has a wide range of social media outlets including flickr, youtube and twitter accounts that allow the agency to communicate with concerned consumers. The On Safety section of the website offers users access to numerous safety-related videos and podcasts, and on Thursday the agency will be embarking on a new chapter by hosting their first live safety Twitter Chat.
The topic of the CPSC’s first twitter chat is TV safety and will provide participants with information about how to avoid the growing problem of children being seriously injured or even killed by falling televisions and furniture. The chat promises to show participants inexpensive ways to childproof their televisions and furniture.
Participants are encouraged to post pictures of their television setup on twitter so industry experts can offer helpful advice on how to make them safer for children.
Since last October there have been 4 children killed and another seriously injured by falling televisions in the CHICAGO ALONE!
The live chat will feature the CPSC @OnSafety, Nancy Cowles from @KidsinDanger and @GaryASmithMD, President of the Child Injury Prevention Alliance and Director of the Center for Injury Research and Policy @NationwideKids Hospital in Columbus, Ohio, and will begin at 7pm ET on Thursday Feb 16th. Use the hashtag #TVSafety.
Safety starts with informing the public and spreading the word about potential dangers. I think the CPSC is doing a great job of embracing the technology they have available, and I have no doubt that they are saving lives through their efforts. Bravo and keep up the good work CPSC!