Safety Feed

Watch out for tech support scams

Since everyone is online more during the pandemic, there’s an increased urgency about fixing computers if there’s a problem. Scammers, as always, are lurking around just looking for a new opportunity to strike. They’re offering even more phony tech support services. Read more →


You can order free covid tests from the federal government today, one day early

The website, covidtests.gov, where Americans can order four free covid-19 tests is up and running Tuesday, one day early. To help ensure people have tests on hand if a need arises, the Biden administration is purchasing one billion at-home, rapid covid-19 tests. Read more →


Three elevator manufacturers recall residential elevators due to risk of injury or death to children, with warning issued on elevators made by a fourth company

New steps are being taken by a safety agency to eliminate deadly hazards from residential elevators. Children can become entrapped in the space between the exterior landing door and the interior elevator car door if there's a hazardous gap, and suffer injuries or death when the elevator is called to another floor. Read more →


Adult portable bed rails sold by Essential Medical Supply are being recalled after one entrapment death

Essential Medical Supply is recalling about 272,000 adult portable bed rails. When attached to an adult’s bed, users can become entrapped within the bed rail or between the rail and the side of the mattress. This poses a serious entrapment hazard and risk of death by asphyxiation. Read more →


Progress made in public health, climate, and consumer protection during 2021, consumer group says

Since I wrote an article recently on the top consumer and personal finance stories of 2021, I was interested in a list offered by U.S. PIRG on the progress made in health, climate, and consumer issues in 2021. U.S. PIRG, a public interest research group, and its state partners worked on or supported many of these issues. Read more →


Another company recalls adult portable bed rails after three die from suffocation

Compass Health Brands is recalling about 104,900 portable bed rails in the United States and 110 in Canada. When attached to an adult’s bed, users can become entrapped within the bed rail or between the rail and the side of the mattress. Read more →


Decorative holiday mailboxes are being recalled by Target due to laceration hazards

Target is recalling about 174,300 letters to Santa decorative mailboxes. The mail slot on the mailbox can be sharp, posing a laceration hazard. Target has received nine reports of sharp mail slot openings and seven incidents of lacerations with three requiring medical attention. Read more →