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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 →


As summer begins, prevent injuries and deaths by reviewing off-highway vehicle safety tips

Memorial Day marks the unofficial start of summer. A big safety issue for parents is the use of off-highway vehicles or OHVs by kids. During 2023, the CFA documented 498 OHV fatalities. Children 15 years and younger accounted for 19 percent of all deaths. Children six years and under continue to make up a sizable portion of the OHV fatalities. Read more →


Memories of childhood and other stories from older adults

My birthday is May 4, a wonderful time in the spring when everything is blooming. When I was a child growing up in Central Washington on an apple ranch, I used to run through the orchard on my birthday when the trees were in full bloom, an enchanted place. The blossoms were spectacular and the fragrance marvelous. Read more →


Delta Cycle recalls more than a half million bicycle stem raisers due to fall risk

Bicycle stem raisers, used to raise the handlebars of a bicycle, are being recalled by Delta Cycle because they can shift during use, causing the bicycle’s handlebar to move unexpectantly, posing a fall hazard. About 500,000 are being recalled in the United States and an additional 8,510 were sold in Canada. Read more →


Watch out for counterfeit Botox injections that are causing a botulism-like illness

Health agencies are investigating reports of harmful reactions in people who received injections of counterfeit or mishandled Botox. Consumers in California, Colorado, Florida, Illinois, Kentucky, Nebraska, New Jersey, New York, Tennessee, Texas, and Washington have reported harmful reactions after receiving Botox injections. Read more →


Thoughts on Earth Day 2024

In the era of climate change, so much needs to be done, it makes your head spin. However, on Earth Day this year, I’d like to give a shout out to leaders and groups who have been working for decades make a difference for the earth. A recent example is PFAS, also known as forever chemicals. They’re used in a wide range of consumer products. Read more →


Melatonin poisonings in kids are up dramatically

In the last two decades, the number of young children accidentally ingesting melatonin gummies, tablets, and other forms has skyrocketed. During 2012–2021, a 530 percent increase in poison center calls for pediatric melatonin exposures occurred, and during 2009–2020, a 420 percent increase in emergency department visits for melatonin was reported. Read more →


More than 8 million bags of Tide and other detergents pods are being recalled over faulty packaging

Proctor & Gamble is recalling about 8.2 million Tide Pods, Gain Flings, Ace Pods, and Ariel Pods liquid laundry detergent packets packaged in plastic bags. The outer packaging can split open near the zipper track, posing a risk of serious injury to children and other vulnerable people if the contents of the packets are eaten, as well as posing a risk of skin or eye injuries. Read more →


Amazon’s recycling program for its plastic packaging isn’t working, report says

Amazon packaging rarely gets recycled when customers use the company’s recommended store drop-off system. Packaging from drop-off bins ended up in landfills or incinerators, became stuck in distribution centers, or was made into nonrecyclable products, according to a report from the U.S. PIRG Education Fund and Environment America Research and Policy Center. Read more →