It’s Important to Make a Home Fire Escape Plan

According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), an average of seven people per day died in home fires from 2011-2015, with fire departments responding to an average of 385,500 home structure fires during that same time period. The leading causes of those home structure fires was cooking equipment (47 percent), heating equipment (15 percent), electrical distribution/lighting equipment (9 percent), intentional (8 percent) and smoking materials (5 percent). The majority of home fires took place in the winter months — January, … Continued

Doctors Urge Ban on Infant Walkers

American pediatricians are calling for a ban on infant walkers due to the number of injuries infants suffer — about 2,000 per year — when using the walkers. According to a study in Pediatrics, more than 230,000 infants under the age of 15 months were treated for concussions, broken bones, skull fractures and other injuries from 1990 – 2014.

Herbicide with Probable Links to Cancer Found in Cereal

Recently, a jury in San Francisco awarded a school district groundskeeper nearly $290 million in damages because they found that Monsanto’s Roundup and Ranger Pro herbicides likely caused the groundskeeper’s deadly cancer. The jury found that the company failed to warn consumers about the risks posed by these products.   Now, the Environmental Working Group (EWG) reports that glyphosate, the weed-killing chemical used in these products, has been found in large doses in breakfast products that use conventionally grown oats … Continued

The Dangers of Carbon Monoxide and How to Choose a Carbon Monoxide Detector

We recently shared a blog post about the rise in carbon monoxide poisonings caused by keyless cars that were unknowingly left running in garages. It is worth noting that the Mayo Clinic and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) both caution that even knowingly leaving a car running in a garage attached to a home (to warm the vehicle up in winter, for example) — even when the garage door is open — is never safe. As a follow up to … Continued