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Baby monitors are supposed to give parents a sense of comfort, but the Consumer Product Safety Commission says they can be dangerous -- if they're placed too close to a baby's crib.
The CPSC has issued a warning about the dangers of baby monitor cords -- something it has been alerting consumers to since February -- saying that monitors need to be kept at least 3 feet away from a crib. The reason? Video and audio baby monitor cords have been involved in seven deaths and three near-strangulations since 2002.
The organization is working with the Juvenile Products Manufacturers Association (JPMA) on a national safety campaign about the issue, and JPMA today launched a website, babymonitorsafety.org, as well as a video and advertising campaign, to help spread the safety message. The group is also giving away free warning labels to attach to monitor cords. You can order one here.