New Jersey Approves Resolution Designating November as “Children’s Product Safety Awareness Month”

17 May 2013

The State of New Jersey Assembly unanimously approved SJR40 / AJR53, a resolution designating November of each year as “Children’s Product Safety Awareness Month.” The bill aims to increase public awareness of the importance of play in the lives of children and the need to be vigilant about the safety of children’s products so that play can be safe, fun, and beneficial.

The resolution was signed by New Jersey Governor Chris Christie on 9 May 2013.

“Designating November as ‘Children’s Product Safety Awareness Month’ is the perfect time to remind parents and other caregivers of the importance of safe and fun play as they prepare for the holiday shopping season,” said Andy Hackman, U.S. Toy Industry Association vice president of government affairs and father of a young child. “Safety is a year-round priority for the toy industry. We applaud the actions of the New Jersey Assembly to continue to focus attention on safety initiatives for all children’s products.”

In 2010, the state Assembly unanimously approved for the first time a resolution designating November as “Children’s Product Safety Awareness Month,” becoming the first state to officially designate a timeframe for the recognition of children and safety. The Assembly resolution was approved again in 2012. This year was the first time that both the Senate and the Assembly passed a joint resolution on this issue.

The initiative calls on parents to learn more about safe play and to review their children’s products – and other products in the home to which children have access – to ensure that they meet federal safety standards. The bill further requests that the New Jersey Division on Consumer Affairs embark upon a public awareness campaign to make parents aware of federal consumer product recall resources, such as the www.recalls.gov website, that raise awareness of unsafe, hazardous or defective products, especially those intended for children.

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