Pet Microchipping: Keeping Your Furry Friends Safe

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For many people, our four-legged friends are more than just accessories or companions, they are part of the family. They have become so integrated into our daily lives that an entire industry has developed out of our love and concern for our furry pals. According to HowStuffWorks.com, “A pet microchip uses radio frequency identification (RFID)… Read more »

Are LED Traffic Lights Dangerous?

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Using LED bulbs instead of incandescent bulbs in traffic lights saves the state a lot of money. They consume less electricity, and last longer, meaning that someone won’t have to replace them as frequently. Green technology — what’s not to love? But unfortunately, since LEDs don’t emit as much heat, it allows snow and ice… Read more »

WeMakeItSafer Wants Homes, Stores Recall Free

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Two summers ago, product recalls made big headlines when numerous plastic toys manufactured in China were found to contain dangerous concentrations of lead paint. It was an eye-opening event for American consumers, yet it can still be challenging to find recalls that haven’t made the news, according to Jennifer Toney, founder of WeMakeItSafer.com. That’s something… Read more »

SPF: Sun Protection Falsehoods?

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In 2008, the Environmental Working Group (EWG) reported that four out of five sunscreen products provided dangerously low levels of protection. The biggest issue, according to dermatologists, is the SPF rating system, which lacks any scientific standard. From the 1,000 products reviewed, a mere 143 brands were recommended. Most of these were less popular because… Read more »

What's Your Airbag IQ?

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In the ’90s, airbags were scrutinized as some publicly questioned if they caused more harm than they were worth. Today, it’s widely accepted that airbags do generally make drivers and their passengers safer — the National Highway and Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) estimates they saved 25,782 lives between 1987 and 2008 — but even with… Read more »

Energy Bars: Friend or Foe?

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America is wild about health food, and in particular, energy bars have become an increasingly popular item among health-conscious shoppers. They’re convenient and often pitch themselves as a healthy alternative for those who don’t time to eat an entire meal. But it makes one wonder if there’s such thing as fast food that’s good for… Read more »

Be Careful of Computers — They're Heavy

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Recent studies indicate that video game or chat addictions aren’t the only dangers posed to children by computers. According to an article by Jennifer Thomas of Health Day, over 9,000 children are now injured every year by computer hardware—a dramatic increase from the 1,300 kids hurt by computers in 1994. The majority of children are… Read more »