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February 2014 Archives

Partner Post: Heater Recall Issued by Kenmore

Thousands of Kenmore Heaters Recalled Written by James P. Nevin  A recall has been issued for around 42,000 Kenmore oscillating fan heaters sold at Kmart and Sears. According to consumer reports, broken motor mounts can cause the units to overheat, catch fire and ignite nearby items, posing a fire and burn...

Partner Post: Chemical Spill Reveals Need for Tighter Regulations

Elk River Chemical Spill Exposes Need for More Regulations Written by James P. Nevin  On January 9, 2014, 7,500 gallons of coal-­cleaning chemicals seeped into the Elk River in Charleston, just 1.5 miles upstream from the region's water treatment plant. Freedom Industries, which owned the plant where the chemicals leaked from,...

Partner Post: Hormone-Disrupting Chemicals at Fracking Sites

Dangerous Chemicals Found in Water Around Fracking Sites Written by James P. Nevin  Chemicals linked to infertility, birth defects and cancer have been found in water samples collected at Colorado sites where hydraulic fracturing (fracking) is being used to extract natural gas. Fracking has been in the news recently as a...

SMART about Mesothelioma

Mesothelioma is a terrible disease, because it leaves you second-guessing. If you had not picked that one job, if you had not worked on that equipment, if you had not used those types of parts, if you had gone to see your doctor sooner. So many ifs. And once it...

Partner Post: Baby Walker Fails to Meet Safety Standards

BebeLove Baby Walker Recalled from Retail Stores Written by James P. Nevin  The BebeLove Baby Walker failed to meet federal safety standards and has been recalled. Specifically, style number 358 can fit through a standard doorway and is not designed to stop at the edge of a step as required by...

Partner Post: 2,400 Children's Jackets Recalled From Stores

Lion Force Brand Recalls 2,400 Children's Puffer Coats Written by James P. Nevin  The brand Lion Force has recalled about 2,400 units of its boys' puffer coat, sold exclusively at Burlington Coat Factory. The jackets have a drawstring through the hood which can pose a strangulation risk to children. Consumers should...

Partner Post: Weight Loss Companies Charged with Fraud

FTC Charges Four Weight ­Loss Companies With Fraud Written by James P. Nevin  The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has cracked down on four companies that sell weight ­loss products. The FTC is fining Sensa, L'Occitane Inc., LeanSpa LLC, and HCG Diet Direct for using false advertising to sell their weight ­loss...

Save money or save your life?

Home improvement projects can serve two important purposes for most homeowners in California. You can save a great deal of money when you take on do-it-yourself projects, assuming you do not get in over your head and need to hire a contractor to "fix" your mistakes. You also gain the...