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August 2022

Take steps to protect your kids and grandkids from button batteries as more kids are swallowing them

Pediatric battery-related emergency room visits increased significantly from 2010 to 2017, with children aged 5 years and younger having the highest rates. An estimated 7,032 battery-related emergency room visits occurred annually in children under 18 from 2010 to 2019, more than twice the number from 1990 to 2009. Read more →

Agit Global is recalling paddleboard paddles due to puncture or laceration risks

About 124,000 paddles sold with stand-up paddleboards are being recalled by Agit Global. The paddle can suddenly break mid-shaft into two pieces during use, exposing sharp edges and posing puncture or laceration risks. Agit Global has received 19 reports of the paddle breaking during use. Read more →

Two PFAS, ‘forever chemicals,’ to be designated as hazardous by EPA

The EPA said Friday it will designate the two most commonly detected toxic “forever chemicals” – chemicals found in cookware, fast food wrappers, stain-resistant furniture and carpets, water-repellant clothing, and cosmetics that have been linked to cancer and other health problems – as hazardous substances. Read more →

Best wishes on Women’s Equality Day

In 1973, Congress designated Aug. 26 as Women’s Equality Day. The date was selected to commemorate the 1920 certification of the 19th Amendment to the Constitution, guaranteeing women the right to vote. It was the end of a movement, beginning in 1848 at the first women’s rights convention in Seneca Falls, New York. Read more →

Watch out for scammers offering free covid tests to people on Medicare

Scammers are targeting Medicare recipients with fake offers to get “free covid tests.” They’re calling, using TV and online ads, and setting up websites to try to get people to give them their Medicare information. If scammers get the information, they'll bill fraudulent charges to Medicare. And, the consumers never get any free covid tests. Read more →

Biden announces student loan changes, canceling up to $10,000 in student loan debt and $20,000 for Pell Grant recipients

A plan to help American families deal with the high cost of college and student loan debts is being put in place, President Joe Biden announced Wednesday, following through on a campaign promise. Under the new initiative, the Department of Education will:    Read more →

How to make a basic plan to protect your buildings, fences, and trees if you don’t like to do yard work

It really surprises me. When my daughter comes from Madrid to visit we’ve done a home exchange or an Airbnb in Seattle for a week. Often, the house is nice, but the yard isn’t well kept. It’s O.K. if yard work isn’t your thing and creating a flower garden like the one pictured above doesn’t interest you. Read more →

Hello Digit fined $2.7 million for faulty overdrafts, not returning overdraft fees, and keeping interest due consumers

Hello Digit, a financial technology company that used a faulty algorithm that caused overdrafts and overdraft penalties for customers, is being required to return money to consumers and pay a fine of $2.7 million. Hello Digit was supposed to save people money, but instead cost consumers money. Read more →

After one death, 4moms recalls more than 2 million MamaRoo and RockaRoo infant swings and rockers due to entanglement and strangulation risks

About two million MamaRoo swings and 220,000 RockaRoo rockers are being recalled in the United States, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission and Thorley Industries, doing business as 4moms, announced Monday. In addition, 60,000 MamaRoo and 10,000 RockaRoo were sold in Canada. Read more →