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Safety tips for parents using high chairs for their loved ones

According to KKH, Every year, 20 to 30 children are wounded in Singapore as a result of slips from high chairs. According to the KK Women's and Children's Hospital, over the previous five years, more than a quarter of these injuries necessitated hospitalization. The injuries varied from head and facial lacerations to skull and limb fractures.

Earlier this month, a youngster in Malaysia died after falling from a high chair while dining with his parents at a restaurant.

Malaysian police claimed the two-year-old youngster was seated in a high chair when he kicked the table. As a result, the chair collapsed and he smacked his head on the floor.

In response to CNA's inquiries, KKH, Singapore's largest paediatric hospital, stated that it witnessed 140 cases of falls from high chairs between 2017 and 2021, with an average of 20 to 30 each year.

Around 27% of them required hospitalization. According to Dr Ronald Tan, a consultant at the hospital's Department of Emergency Medicine, injuries varied from skull and limb fractures to lacerations to the head and face, brain traumas, and limb bruises.

Suppliers of infant seats in Singapore must verify that their goods meet international safety standards such as EN 14988, ASTM F404, and ISO 9221. The EN 14988 safety standard is British, whereas the ASTM F404 is American and the ISO 9221 is worldwide.

These guidelines specify the safety criteria for infant high chairs, such as stability and weight limits.

High chairs that do not meet these requirements will not be marketed in Singapore, according to Ms Beatrice Wong, head of the Consumer Product Safety Office, which is part of Enterprise Singapore.

"So far, the CPSO has not received any reports of dangerous high chairs or injuries stemming from their use in Singapore," she added.

In 2021, however, it discovered two kinds of high chairs supplied in Singapore that did not meet the ASTM F404 safety standard and issued stop-sale orders to its sellers.

Under Singapore law, anybody who fails to comply with the Consumer Product Safety Office's orders to prohibit the sale of harmful items faces a S$10,000 fine, up to two years in prison, or both.

The Tatameru, one of the two high chairs, lacked a restraint mechanism and had insufficient rearward stability. The crotch restraint on the Safety 1st Kiwi 3-in-1 Reclinable High Chair, on the other hand, featured gaps and leg holes that might trap a kid or cause a fall.

The Consumer Product Safety Commission stated that it has received no complaints of injuries caused by either chair, but recommended users to discontinue usage immediately.

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