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Require Breakaway Cords on Slow Cookers

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Childcare providers across the country use slow cookers to warm several baby bottles at once. While this process may be effective at warming formula, it has become clear that it is also extremely dangerous. Please, watch our short video to learn more about this problem.

On July 16th, 2007, a 14-month-old boy in Minnesota was airlifted to an intensive care unit after suffering 1st and 2nd degree burns to more than 13% of his body. While reaching for his bottle at daycare, he unintentionally pulled the cord of a slow cooker used to warm his formula. In pulling the cord, the slow cooker tipped over spilling several ounces of scalding hot water onto his head, neck, shoulder, chest, and back.

Ten days later in Wisconsin, another child pulled the cord of a slow cooker and subsequently suffered severe burns to more than 20% of her body. Even after several months of treatment, the scarring to her face, back, and shoulders is significant and permanent.

A wide variety of kitchen appliances like electrical fryers and fondues are already required to be equipped with magnetic breakaway cords. These cords detach the moment anyone - a child, family member, pet, etc. - accidentally pulls on the cord.

The technology is available. The pain these children feel is real. Please consider signing this petition to prevent another senseless injury.

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