New Safety Standard Implemented for Baby Monitors
A new safety standard for baby monitors implemented by ASTM International aims to save infant lives. All electrical cords attached to baby monitors must now be labeled with a strangulation hazard warning.
This new safety standard comes in response to a report from the Consumer Product Safety Commission that seven infants have died as a result of being strangled by the cords of baby monitors that were placed too close to their crib.
The new warning label serves as a reminder to parents and caregivers, making them aware of the hazard the cords pose and the severity of the potential consequences.
The label recommends that baby monitor cords be mounted at least three feet away from a crib to prevent a child from getting a hold of it.
It will be up to parents and caregivers to heed the warming and take to proper precautions.
The American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) is an international standards organization that develops and publishes voluntary consensus technical standards for a wide range of materials, products, systems, and services.