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May 2010

Tips for Memorial Day safety

Memorial Day marks the beginning of summer for many Americans, especially for those of us in places like the Seattle area where the weather hasn’t been that warm and sunny yet. Since people will be swimming, boating, barbecuing, and watching Memorial Day parades, here are safety tips to help you... Read more →

More Americans traveling during Memorial Day holiday, but they’re spending less

The number of Americans traveling on vacation this Memorial Day holiday weekend will increase 5.4 percent from 2009 with about 32.1 million travelers taking a trip away from home, AAA predicts. Last year, 30.5 million Americans traveled during the same period. Improved economic performance from a year ago is causing... Read more →

Federal agency releases names of problem Chinese drywall makers

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission has released the names of the drywall manufacturers whose drywall emitted high levels of hydrogen sulfide in testing conducted for the agency by Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. There is a strong association between hydrogen sulfide and metal corrosion, reports the commission. Of the samples... Read more →

Recall of the Week: Toy dart gun sets sold at Family Dollar Stores due to aspiration hazard

About 1.8 million toy dart gun sets sold by Family Dollar Stores Inc., of Charlotte, N.C., are being recalled due to an aspiration hazard. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission and Family Dollar have received reports of two asphyxiation deaths involving a 9-year-old boy in Chicago, Ill., and a 10-year-old... Read more →