THE ROBINSON REPORT #28: Wishing Everyone a Happy and Danger-Free Holiday!

The holiday season is one of the happiest and most festive times of the year! We can try to keep it happy and safe for everyone by following these important tips. First, be cautious of any open flames. Candles and flames are a beautiful sight during the holidays, but caution should be used around them, […]

THE ROBINSON REPORT #27: Portable Generators—Delaying Safety is Denying Safety!

Although portable generators provide important electrical power in a number of situations, they are extremely dangerous as they are presently designed. Most people have no idea just how dangerous they are. A portable generator emits about 450 times more carbon monoxide (CO) than an idling automobile!! CO poisonings from portable generators usually occur when people […]

THE ROBINSON REPORT #26: Bare is Best – Do Not Use Padded Crib Bumpers!

Padded crib bumpers are infant bedding accessories intended to line the sides of an infant’s crib. However, padded crib bumpers pose a significant hazard for infants and young children: asphyxiation. Dozens of infants and young children either die or are injured each year due to crib bumpers. This is unacceptable and completely avoidable. I have […]

THE ROBINSON REPORT #24: Let Us Make Guns Safer

The astronomical numbers of casualties in this country that result from guns have many causes. Each of those causes calls for a separate analysis concerning prevention. As a Commissioner at the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), I would like to focus today on the substantial percentage of injuries and deaths which are not the […]

THE ROBINSON REPORT #15: Saying Hello and Goodbye to Safety Icons!

A few weeks ago, our Small Business Ombudsman, Neal Cohen, introduced the Regulatory Robot a new tool that will help keep consumers safe by making it easier for small business owners to determine which mandatory safety standards and testing requirements apply to their products and, thus, make it easier for them to meet those requirements. The […]

THE ROBINSON REPORT #8: Keeping Fall Fun!

In many parts of the country, the temperatures are dropping and the leaves are changing colors – it is time to put on those fall jackets and get outside and play! I love this time of year and there is no better time to focus on fall sport safety. Get outside on the monkey bars, […]

THE ROBINSON REPORT #5: The Search for Stability…

Last week, I travelled to High Point, NC, the “Furniture Capital of the World,” to attend a Furniture Safety Meeting organized by the American Home Furnishings Alliance (“AHFA”). Close to 70 people came to this meeting to discuss how we may better address the hidden and deadly hazards of furniture and TV tip overs. Furniture […]

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THE ROBINSON REPORT #1: Celebrating Safety – Fireworks, Fun and the Fourth!

Welcome to my new blog! Two years ago, I was honored to be sworn in as a Commissioner at the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC). CPSC has just launched Commissioners’ blogs and I am delighted to celebrate this anniversary with my first blog post! In this virtual age of social media, digital conversations and […]