CPSC Recalls Portable Space Heater Recall for Electric Shock Risk

This year’s winter has turned serious for many Americans, especially those in the Northeast. Last week, Boston received a record snowfall of 34.2 inches in just 7 days and now expects another storm this weekend. That’s incredible considering that, on average, the city gets 40.9 inches per year. Frigid temperatures compound many problems such as mass transit, getting to school, and staying warm at home. If you live in a cold winter city, or plan to visit one soon, make sure to take precaution if you’re staying warm with a space heaters. Space heaters are common solutions for keeping homes …


CPSC Votes for Mandatory Safety Standard for Home Window Blinds

Chris Welsh, Esq. www.welsh-law.com The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission has voted for a mandatory standard for window blinds in response to the risk of accidental child strangulation. The vote was unanimous, and according to safetyresearch.net, a long time coming. Window blind cords in homes have been a risk to children as early as 1945 (safetyresearch.net). CPSC records show that an average of 11 children die each year from accidental window cord strangulation, as well as an average of six that suffer injuries including permanent brain damage. Between 1996 and 2012, an estimated 1,590 children were treated for injuries related …


Communities, Health Advocates Rally for End of Toxic Tire Playgrounds and Turf Fields

Brian Nettles, Esq. In today’s world, recycling is without a doubt important to protecting the planet and the lives of our children. But is recycling always the best idea? For certain products, the answer is no. Roughly 25 years ago, landfills were piled high with old tires. Needless to say, this was toxic and dangerous, posing risk of fire, air pollution, stagnate water, and breeding grounds for mosquitoes. In response this issue, today more than 90 percent of the 230 million used tires in the United States are recycled. They’re burned as fuel, used for asphalt roads, and used for …


Hobby Lobby Candles Recalled After 29 Incident Reports, Fire Hazard Risk

Chris Welsh, Esq. CoScentrix is recalling DD brand candles sold exclusively at Hobby Lobby from July to October of this year. The candle’s high flame can ignite the surface of the candle and cause a fire. The company has received 29 reports o f the candle’s surface igniting, nine reports of property damage, and one injury. Approximately 256,000 candles were sold in 5 oz, 10 oz, and 13 oz scents. For a list of scents and sizes, click here. Consumers should stop using the candles immediately and return them to the nearest Hobby Lobby. Buyers with receipts will be refunded, …


GA and the Southeast: Advocates Slam Lack of Oversight for in-home Elevators

Home elevators have been a danger to children under 18 years of age for a long long time. According to Safety Research & Strategies Inc. (SRS,)  the Consumer Product Safety Commission has decided to investigate the dangers of home elevators. The SRS is not certain whether or not this research will produce any substantive changes but many hope that this will improve the safety of home elevators that have already caused so many deaths and injuries in the United States. Most often, children are trapped between the door that opens to the elevator and the sliding doors to the physical …


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