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Happy Flag Day

As a supporter of government and a fan of red, white, and blue, I’ve written many times about the importance of participating in the political process and government so we can have the most effective governments as possible. However, today on Flag Day, it’s difficult to be optimistic. The U.S. Supreme Court voted to overturn a ban on bump stocks. Read more →

After one death, Good Earth recalls more than 1.2 million lights

Here’s another huge recall that you and consumers throughout the nation need to be know about. Good Earth Lighting is recalling more than 1.2 million rechargeable integrated lights in the United States and about 37,800 in Canada. The light’s battery can overheat and ignite the light’s plastic housing, posing fire and burn hazards to consumers. Read more →

For eighth year, auto-related issues are the top complaint in consumer group’s survey

Not surprisingly, auto sales and repair issues continue to perplex consumers. The Consumer Federation of America released its annual report surveying consumer complaints made to 33 state and local government agencies across the country. Read more →

More kids are dying by drowning, report shows

Parents need to continue to use extreme caution when their kids are swimming or are near water this summer. Fatal drownings for children increased 12 percent in 2021, compared to 2020, a new report, which focuses on deaths and injuries for children under age 15 by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, shows. Read more →

More than 1.5 million adult bed rails are being recalled following two deaths

Two models of adult portable bed rails are being recalled because they pose a risk of entrapment and asphyxia since users can become entrapped within the rail, or between the rail and mattress. Medline Industries has received two reports of deaths associated with the Bed Assist Bars, involving a 76-year-old woman and an 87-year-old woman. Read more →

GE appliance maker sued over failure to share gas stove pollution risks

Worried about emissions from your gas stove or one a family member or friend owns? The debate is heating up. A lawsuit filed against the maker of GE Appliances in the District of Columbia Superior Court alleges that the company is violating consumer protection laws by failing to warn district consumers that gas stoves produce air pollution that can be harmful to human health.  Read more →

How to avoid food poisoning at Memorial Day barbecues and picnics

The Memorial Day weekend is the unofficial beginning of summer, and as the weather gets warmer, so do the number of meals served outside. Whether you’re at the beach or barbecuing, food should be served safely to avoid food poisoning. The bacteria that cause foodborne illness love the summertime because they thrive and multiply quickly in warmer temperatures. Read more →

Facts and figures for Memorial Day 2024

Memorial Day is a day to honor Americans who have died in service to their country. Originally known as Decoration Day, it originated in the years following the Civil War and became an official federal holiday in 1971. Many Americans attend parades and visit cemeteries to place flowers on the graves of loved ones. Barbecues and trips also are popular. Read more →

Which sunscreen should you buy to protect yourself from summer sun?

It’s important to protect your skin from the sun by using sunscreen and by taking other protections such as wearing a wide-brimmed hat and long sleeves. Sunscreen protects your skin against radiation from sun rays called ultraviolet A and B. UVB rays are the ones that mostly cause sunburn, while UVA rays mainly cause aging skin. Read more →

More than 200,000 Frigidaire and Kenmore ranges are being recalled, again, due fire and burn risks

Kitchen ranges that were manufactured between 2001 and 2009 continue to pose an injury risk to consumers, so they’re being recalled again. The Electrolux Group is recalling about 203,000 smooth top ranges, which were previously recalled in August 2009. The surface heating elements can turn off, fail to turn off, or heat to different temperatures than selected. Read more →