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U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission: Saving Lives and Keeping Families Safe

The Consumer Product Safety Commission — CPSC — is an independent Federal regulatory agency that helps keep American families safe by reducing the risk of injury or death from consumer products. CPSC was created in 1972 by Congress in the Consumer Product Safety Act. In that law, Congress directed the Commission to "protect the public against unreasonable risks of injuries and deaths associated with consumer products."

CPSC has jurisdiction over about 15,000 types of consumer products, from automatic-drip coffee makers to toys to lawn mowers. Some types of products, however, are covered by other federal agencies. For example, foods, drugs and cosmetics are covered by the Food and Drug Administration; cars, trucks and motorcycles are covered by the Department of Transportation.

CPSC works to reduce the risk of injuries and deaths from consumer products by:

  • Developing voluntary standards with industry
  • Issuing and enforcing mandatory standards; banning consumer products if no feasible standard would adequately protect the public
  • Obtaining the recall of products or arranging for their repair
  • Conducting research on potential product hazards
  • Informing and educating consumers through the media, state and local governments, private organizations, and by responding to consumer inquiries

This informative website features a Recalls and News section, reference material for businesses including laws and regulations, an electronic reading room with statistics and background information, and search capabilities that allow you to search by Product and by Company. In addition, Consumers can use CPSC's on-line forms to report an injury or file a complaint about an unsafe product. Physicians and health care professionals can report a patient injury or death or unsafe product and can download a printable poster (in .pdf format) for their office and patients. And manufacturers, importers, distributors and retailers can report a potentially defective or hazardous product.

Visit's Safety Product Recalls Page to find recalled products by Company Name, Product Type, Product Description, and Category Go

Search Recalled Products and Press Releases Go

Report a dangerous product or a product-related injury by calling CPSC's hotline at (800) 638-2772 or CPSC's teletypewriter at (800) 638-8270, or visiting the Consumer Product Safety Commission's web site Go

Order a press release through fax-on-demand by calling (301) 504-0051 from the handset of your fax machine and entering the release number
You can obtain the release and recall information at CPSC's web site

Subscribe to the CPSC E-mail List
Have agency press releases — which include product recalls and other safety information — and CPSC's public calendar automatically sent to you by e-mail the same day they are issued

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Search the United States Fire Administration Hotel-Motel National Master List

The United States Fire Administration (USFA) Hotel-Motel National Master List gives you the ability to search for specific hotels and motels that meet the fire and life safety requirements of the Hotel and Motel Fire Safety Act of 1990. This Act (PL101-391) was passed into law by Congress to save lives and protect property by promoting fire and life safety in hotels, motels and other places of public accommodation. The law mandates that federal employees on travel must stay in public accommodations that adhere to the life safety requirements in the legislation guidelines. PL101-391 also states that federally funded meetings and conferences cannot be held in properties that do not comply with the law. PL101-391 is applicable to all places of public accommodation, and requires that properties are equipped with:

  • Hard-wired, single-station smoke detectors in each guestroom in accordance with the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) standard 72;
  • An automatic sprinkler system, with a sprinkler head in each guest room in compliance with NFPA standards 13 or 13R. Properties three stories or lower in height are exempt from the sprinkler requirement.
USFA has been charged with carrying out FEMA's responsibilities with respect to the Hotel and Motel Fire Safety Act of 1990. In addition to compiling, maintaining and publishing the National Master List, USFA is also responsible for taking steps to encourage states to promote the use of automatic sprinkler systems and automatic smoke detection systems.

Search the United States Fire Administration
Hotel-Motel National Master List

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U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)

Every day, every American comes in contact with a host of products regulated by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) — everything from the most common food ingredients to complex medical and surgical devices, lifesaving drugs, and radiation-emitting consumer and medical products. In fact, FDA-regulated products account for about 25 cents of every consumer dollar spent in the United States.

Stated most simply, FDA's mission is to promote and protect the public health by helping safe and effective products reach the market in a timely way, and monitoring products for continued safety after they are in use.

FDA's work is a blending of law and science aimed at protecting consumers; the Administration is responsible for regulating products including:

  • Food
    • Foodborne Illness
    • Nutrition
    • Dietary Supplements
  • Drugs
    • Prescription
    • Over-the-Counter
    • Generic
  • Medical Devices
    • Pacemakers
    • Contact Lenses
    • Hearing Aids
  • Biologics
    • Vaccines
    • Blood Products
  • Animal Feed and Drugs
    • Livestock
    • Pets
  • Cosmetics
    • Safety
    • Labeling
  • Radiation-Emitting Products
    • Cell Phones
    • Lasers
    • Microwaves

Visit the U.S. Food and Drug Administration Homepage Go

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Search the FDA Databases Go
Includes Approved Drug Products with Therapeutic Equivalence Evaluations (Orange Book) Database; Center For Devices and Radiologic Health Database; The Seafood List; The Special Nutritionals Adverse Event Monitoring System (SN/AEMS); and The Center for Veterinary Medicine FDA Approved Animal Drug Products Database

Report a Problem to the U.S. FDA Go

Subscribe to the FDA's E-mail Lists Go

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