Getting Police Department Alerts Via Text Message

Posted by & filed under Products, Safety.

The Chicago Police Department will begin using text messages, email, and Twitter to alert the public about “everything from child abductions to crime-related traffic.” People in the area can opt-in by signing up for a service called Nixle, a free alert notifcation system that sends messages to users. Nixle is actually a pretty popular way… Read more »

Hands-free Cellphones Just as Dangerous

Posted by & filed under Products, Safety.

With cellphone usage banned while driving, the solution is obviously to switch to hands-free cellphones, right? PROBABLY NOT says a new study by the Insurance Institute that concluded that hands-free cellphones are just as dangerous as those you hold to your ear. The Insurance Institute study advances that premise beyond the theoretical. Using actual crash… Read more »

Review: Clarify and Save with Reusable Calendar

Posted by & filed under Products, Safety.

If you’re anything like me, you’d rather wait until September to get that 75 percent discount on a 2010 calendar. Sure, I’m not crazy about missing appointments through the summer, but at least there’s no need to justify spending money on the same item I just bought last year. Now, however, it seems like Life360’s… Read more »

3 Facebook Privacy Settings You Need to Change

Posted by & filed under Products, Safety.

Are you obsessed with Facebook? Take a three-minute break from playing Farmville to make sure that your profile is as public or private as you want it to be. In December, Facebook announced a number of policy changes regarding user privacy.

Review: Clean Green with Chic People Towels

Posted by & filed under Products, Safety.

Think you can’t live without paper towels? I did until recently, but Life360’s green reviewer Steffany Boldrini begs to differ. She’s discovered a product that offers a 100 percent organic cotton alternative to its disposable cousin.

Refunds for Recalled Dangerous Cribs

Posted by & filed under Products, Safety.

Since it’s been a big week for product recalls, it seemed worth mentioning this news item: the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) will start sending out refunds or store credits to the owners of dangerous cribs. Traditionally, the CPSC sends out free home repair kits, but the response to that has been minimal (probably because… Read more »

Chrysler to Recall 24,000 Vehicles

Posted by & filed under Products, Safety.

If you own a 2010 model Chrysler, Dodge, or Jeep, listen up. The automaker is recalling Chrysler Sebrings; Dodge Avengers and Nitros; the Jeep Liberty, Commander, and Grand Cherokee models; and Dodge Ram trucks, including 2009 models. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration found that the brakes in these cars have a tendency to fail,… Read more »

Recall Affects 1.5 Million Strollers!

Posted by & filed under Products, Safety.

If you own a stroller, you need to read this. The Consumer Product Safety Commission announced that it was recalling 1.5 million strollers by Graco Children’s Product with hinges that could potentially sever the fingertips of children (!!!). The company has received five reports of severed fingertips and two fingertip cuts (!!!!!).

Which States Ranked Worst in Driver Safety Laws?

Posted by & filed under Products, Safety.

If you guessed Wyoming, Arizona, South Dakota, and North Dakota, you are correct! (If you, like me, forgot that Wyoming was even a state, then, uh, listen up.) The Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety grades states based their grading on 15 laws they believe encourage a safe driving environment, such as seat belt enforcement,… Read more »