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April 2021

Stop using three models of adult portable bed rails due to asphyxiation risk, safety agency warns

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission is warning consumers to immediately stop using three models of adult portable bed rails manufactured by Bed Handles Inc. These models – AJ1, BA10W, and BA11W – can create an entrapment hazard and pose a risk of asphyxia to users. Read more →


Stop Food Waste Day is Wednesday

Food Tank, a think tank for food, and Compass Group are offering a virtual event to discuss food wastage on Stop Food Waste Day at 2 p.m. ET Wednesday. In the United States, up to 40 percent of the food that is produced every year is wasted. That’s an economic loss of $218 billion per year. Read more →


Stop using Maxtrade’s Coolster youth ATVs due to crash hazard and failure to meet safety standard, CPSC and company advise

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission and Maxtrade are warning consumers to immediately stop using Maxtrade’s Coolster youth ATV-3050-C and ATV-3050-B models to avoid serious injury or death. These youth ATVs don’t meet CPSC’s mandatory safety standards. Read more →


Academy Award nominated movies for 2020 a departure from usual violent, old plots

For years, I’ve been analyzing Academy Award nominated movies because I think movies are too often violent, ageist, and sexist. I usually watch about 30 movies, going to movie theaters, watching On Demand movies, and renting from Red Box. During the pandemic, I’m not going to theaters. Read more →


Watch out for scammers who contact you about signing up to get funeral expenses from FEMA

If you lost a loved one to covid-19, you may be eligible for a government program that pays for funeral expenses. The Federal Emergency Management Agency will pay up to $9,000 for funeral expenses for loved ones who died of covid-19. Survivors can apply for benefits by contacting FEMA at 844-684-6333. Read more →


Don’t use Peloton Tread+ if you have kids or pets, CPSC warns

The U.S. CPSC is warning consumers about the danger of the Peloton Tread+ exercise machine after incidents of small children and a pet being injured beneath the machines. The CPSC has found that the public health and safety requires this notice to warn the public quickly about the hazard. Read more →


Sport avalanche transceivers are being recalled by Black Diamond due to loss of communication that could lead to injury or death

Black Diamond is recalling about 66,100 sport avalanche transceivers in the U.S. and about 12,500 in Canada. Black Diamond has received 65 reports of the transceiver modes switching unexpectedly while in use. One death and a skier who was caught in an avalanche and injured were reported. Read more →


Safest Family on the Block offers big sweepstakes with valuable safety prizes

Safest Family on the Block, an organization dedicated to helping parents run a safe and secure household, is offering a sweepstakes. You could win $500 worth of family safety resources, communication tools, and gear. One lucky winner will receive books, first aid and tool kits, and AAA membership. Read more →