Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Tuesday approved a three-bill package meant to strengthen safety for infants in New York.
The measures include new requirements for furniture retailers to sell compatible tip restraint devices, another will require child care facilities to anchor large furniture and electronics to prevent them from tipping over and a third bans the sale of crib bumper pads, which have been blamed for infant death and injuries.
“As a father, I know full well that you never stop worrying about your child’s safety, no matter how old they are,” Cuomo said in a statement. “These measures will help give parents peace of mind at a critical time in their child’s lives and will help ensure that their homes or daycare facilities remain safe and secure environments.”
The bills’ approval was hailed by Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins.
“Parents deserve to know their children are safe, whether it be in their cribs, in their rooms, or in their daycare centers,” she said.
“The legislation signed today will require tip restraint devices on certain furniture, require daycare centers to properly anchor furniture and large items, and will prohibit the sale of crib bumpers. These are common sense steps that will help save lives. I applaud bill sponsors, Senator Carlucci, Senator Serrano, and Senator Skoufis for their leadership on this issue and their hard work advancing legislation to better protect New York children.”