Archive for October, 2011

Unless you have exceptional legal representation, you’ll want your home, walkway and yard to provide a safe zone for trick-or-treaters this Halloween.  The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention say kids are four times more susceptible to pedestrian/car fatalities on October 31. But for your sake, consider the risk of injury during the traditional punkin’ carving escapade or how adults and youngsters alike can trip over hidden objects on your lawn (like unsafe sprinkler heads).

Avert ugly kinder-kindling

Photo by Care2

Photo by Care2

The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) warns that “candlelit jack-o’-lanterns should be kept away from landings and doorsteps where costumes could brush against the flame.”  Poor porch and step lighting can contribute to injurious falls by unsuspecting, excited kids. The CPSC recommends you use battery-operated flameless candles in jack-o’-lanterns.

Kids and cutlery don’t mix

Photo by Cohesive Pieces

Photo by Cohesive Pieces

Sure, it’s fun to get the kids armed to the teeth with serrated blades and carving knives and let them butcher the pumpkins. But it’s much less fun to take a child (along with their severed thumb in a towel) to the emergency room. Let the little ones draw a face on the squash and then YOU handle the carving.

Halloween designs that kill

Photo by Flickriver

Photo by Flickriver

Sure, this crunch-o-witch looks fabulous by day. By night, imagine a wind-aided falling broomstick that impales itself into a crowd of children on your lawn. Break out the attorney retainer. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) strongly suggests that for safety’s sake, you roll up your garden hoses, sweep wet leaves from your walks and driveways, and put all your barking and biting pets indoors for the night.

Photo by Leon County

Photo by Leon County

Tools, appliances and furniture are part of the roundup of recalls announced for the scary month of October 2011. It’s more evidence that at least one governmental agency is helping taxpayers. The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is charged with rounding up complaints and leaning hard on manufacturers that rush slapdash products into the market that afflict the comfortable. You don’t expect to buy a tool, for example, that turns on you and slices off a finger. Let’s look at these fall recalls:

Furniture that eats people

Photo by CPSC

Photo by CPSC

The CPSC and Big Lots, of Columbus, Ohio, have agreed that 375,000 microfiber and leather glider recliners with ottomans posed sufficient “finger pinching and crushing hazards to older children and adults” to warrant a recall. Manufactured in China, the recliners were sold at Big Lots from January 2005 through December 2009 for $170. For recall information, contact Big Lots.

Fire commotion over Electric Motion

Photo by CPSC

Photo by CPSC

Let’s say you bought one of Electric Motion Systems’ rechargeable lithium-poly battery packs. They’re used to power modified bicycles. Sad enough, they have a propensity to catch fire — not exactly what you’d like to happen while you’re riding to work in the morning. Hence, they’re being voluntarily withdrawn. Contact E+ Electric Bike for recall information if you own what the manufacturer calls “The World’s Most Advanced Electronic Bike.”

Your face, grilled to perfection

Photo by CPSC

Photo by CPSC

Hope you haven’t purchased one of the GE Monogram® Pro Rangetop with Grill models recalled this month. Seems there’s a problem with the igniters, which sometimes fail to ignite the liquefied petroleum gas or, worse, delay ignition so that when the stove lights, you’ll certainly know it by the tell-tale explosion. Oops. The units were sold through August of this year. Check with the CPSC Recall Page to see the model numbers in question.

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Recent Comments

  • Kid's stuff:Bedroom furniture for dreamers

    Hey Woodrow,

    You've put together a great post here. Hardwearing and long-lasting bedroom furniture is so important when you have young children, and choosing pieces which can handle the rough-and-tumble that comes with having little ones is key!

    Best wishes, Alex.

  • Awesomely Oddball Lawn and Garden Accessories

    I plan to do this. What was your process in painting the bottom...outside portion of the tub?

  • Poor staging can crush your home sale

    Woodrow, you have once again 'nailed' the essence of the issue of staging your home for sale with easy to understand pics and words. These are definitely rules to live by, oh wise one! I know I"m soaking up the knowledge you share--- now excuse me while I wring myself out. Can't wait for the next issue.

  • To everyone, a room of one's own

    We've recently bought a house which needs A LOT of work and I'm trying to convince my other half to let me build a "room of my own" for the house, one where I can put my games console and beer fridge. She's not gone for it yet though. The most I've managed to get is an office I can work out of ... not quite the same ... LoL.

    Mine would certainly be like the car boot room in the first image :)

    Ben

  • Home designs you haven’t seen before

    I wonder how far the folks in the Rock House are able to drive in their car? Maybe down to their boat? It's so true that home is where you are at the moment.