Between 2008 and 2013, the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) received 1,300 reports of stroller and carriage injuries. These reports included 4 deaths. ASTM International* brings manufacturers and consumers together to develop standards. In 2013 ASTM updated the voluntary safety stroller and carriage standard. The new ASTM standard is ASTM F833-13b.
In March 2014, the CPSC approved a mandatory standard. The new federal standard incorporates by reference the ASTM voluntary standard. After September 10, 2015, nearly all strollers and carriages sold will have to meet the mandatory requirements.
The new standard governs full-size strollers that fold up. Also, it covers travel systems (including car seats), tandem, side-by-side, multi-occupant and jogging strollers. It adds to the ASTM standard requirements to prevent head entrapment and addresses the following hazards:
Many early education programs transport older infants, toddlers and young preschool age children in strollers. For risk reduction and liability protection, the best practice is to purchase strollers that meet the new standard as soon as they are available.
*ASTM International was formerly known as the American Society for Testing and Materials and is commonly called ASTM.
This professional development module will help educators develop a Sun Safety Policy and provide reading materials to teach young children and parents the importance of skin protection. Download and follow the instructions to complete a Self-Assessment and document your implementation activities. If unable to print out the module, PA early learning and/or school-age practitioners may request the hard copy materials for this module (at the cost of printing and mailing) by contacting ECELS. PA child care practitioners may submit completed work for review for credit by scanning the pages and attaching them to an e-mail, sending them by fax or by surface mail to ECELS. Be sure to follow the instructions in the “Important Reminders” box next to the list of self-learning modules on this webpage. Instructions updated 7/19/2013. (ECERS-ITERS: Personal Care Routines. K7-C3-84. Meets STARS Level 2 Performance Standard for Health and Safety.) Updated 6/23/10
Go to the ECELS Sun Safety Online Self-Learning Modulec. Scroll to pages 40-43 of the module for a list of links to credentialed sources of sun safety information. 12/2012
The attached document provides helpful tips to support the child, parents and early care and education staff when there is child abuse and neglect. For more information and professional development about child abuse and neglect (child maltreatment,) see the online ECELS Child Abuse and Neglect Self-Learning Module. 5/2012