To address the increasing number, rate and cost of serious injuries to senior citizens, the U.S. Consumer Products Safety Commission (CPSC) has launched its “Senior Safety Initiative,” which aims to “find inventive ways to address consumer productrelated injuries to the ever growing population of seniors.” According to CPSC, nearly 65 percent of the 37,000 consumer product-related deaths that occur annually in the United States involve adults older than 65, currently representing just 13 percent of the population. With this population growing and expected to comprise 20 percent of the nation’s population by 2030, CPSC reports that the number of consumer product-related injuries to seniors in the United States increases each year.

Under the initiative, the agency plans to, among other things, (i) establish a Mechanical and Seniors Hazards team, (ii) produce a senior-focused Hazard Screening Report, (iii) join the Federal Interagency Forum on Aging Related Statistics, and (iv) continue its work with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration on rule-making activity and educational materials relating to adult portable bed rails. See CSPC News Release, May 19, 2016.