Cuomo signs three infant safety measures into law
ALBANY, N.Y. (WENY) – Tuesday, Governor Andrew Cuomo signed three measured intended to expand safety measures for infants.
The legislation includes “Harper's Law”, which requires furniture retailers to sell compatible tip restraint devices in order to prevent them from falling over. “Harper's Law” is named after 3-year-old Harper Ayva Fried of Monroe, who died in 2016 when a dresser in her room tipped over. The legislation will take effect 90 days after becoming law.
Another new law requires child care facilities to anchor large furniture and electronics that can tip over. That bill will take effect 180 days after becoming law.
Finally, a third law bans the sales of crib bumper pads in New York State unless a medical professional has determined a bumper pad is medically necessary for a particular child. In the past, the bumper pads have been blamed for infant death and serious injury. That bill will take effect 60 days after becoming law.
"As a father, I know full well that you never stop worrying about your child's safety, no matter how old they are," Governor Cuomo said. "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."