Caring for Our Children (CFOC)

Chapter 5: Facilities, Supplies, Equipment, and Environmental Health

5.5 Storage Areas

5.5.0 Storage of Plastic Bags

Plastic bags, whether intended for storage, trash, diaper disposal, or any other purpose, should be stored out of reach of children.
Plastic bags have been recognized for many years as a cause of suffocation. Warnings regarding this risk are printed on diaper-pail bags, dry-cleaning bags, and so forth. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has received average annual reports of twenty-five deaths per year to children due to suffocation from plastic bags. Nearly 90% of the reported deaths were to children under the age of one (1).
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  1. U.S. Consumer Safety Commission (CPSC). Children still suffocating with plastic bags. Document #5604. Bethesda, MD: CPSC.