Archive for the 'Kid Stuff' Category

Such a cute lamp from Discovery Kids; too bad it might catch fire

The latest recall from the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission: Name of Product: Discovery Kids™ Animated Marine and Safari Lamps Units: About 360,000 Importer: Innovage LLC, of Foothill Ranch, Calif. Hazard: A defect in the lamp’s printed circuit board can cause an electrical short, posing a fire and burn hazard to consumers. Incidents/Injuries: Innovage has [...]

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Ask an Expert: How can pregnant homeowner avoid remodeling hazards?

From the Contra Costa Times: Q I’m pregnant and will be remodeling my home soon. Is there anything I should be aware of (off-gassing, asbestos, glues, etc.) that could hurt my unborn baby or me? A There are two points during a remodeling project that are critical times at which to consider the impact of [...]

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Unhappy Hipsters — What about the child?

It occurred to her that in choosing the repurposed airplane ramp as a staircase, she hadn’t considered the child.   (Photo: Bryce Duffy; Dwell, April 2007) See more, much more, at Unhappy Hipsters. Bravo mystery blogger, whoever you are!

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EPA proposes tightening standards for lead-safe renovation practices and lead paint dust to protect children

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE October 22, 2009 WASHINGTON – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is marking National Lead Poisoning Prevention Week by announcing several actions the agency proposes to take to prevent lead poisoning. Lead poisoning may cause a variety of adverse health effects, including brain and nervous system disorders, high blood pressure, and hypertension. Children [...]

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Famous folks at home quiz

Whose room is this? A. Suri, daughter of Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes B. Max and Emme, son and daughter of Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony C. Max, son of Christina Aguilera and Jordan Bratman ANSWER (Photo: People magazine) See more famous folks at home

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Deadly beds

These kids’ beds, imported by Bayside Furnishings of San Diego, are handsome, no doubt about that. Unfortunately, they are also potentially deadly and have been recalled. Already one toddler was killed in Placer County, Calif., when the lid of the toy chest fell on his neck and trapped him. More than 9,000 of these beds [...]

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New home-related recalls

Backyard play sets Units: About 11,000Distributor: Backyard Leisure LLC, of Pittsburg, KansasHazard: Hangers holding the chains for the gliders can break, causing a child to fall and suffer injuries.Incidents/injuries: Backyard Leisure has received 114 reports of glider hangers breaking, including three reports of minor injuries to children. Injuries included abrasions and a child being hit [...]

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Ask a NARI Contractor: Mother in a panic over lead-tainted dust

Jennifer, a mother of three young kids (who is NOT pictured here), is understandably "freaking out" about the possibility of lead-tained dust in her home. For advice, I turned to members of the newly form L.A. chapter of the National Assn. of the Remodeling Industry. Three contractors responded. Read the question and their answers below: [...]

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EPA issues new rules to protect kids from lead during remodels

Sixteen years ago, Congress told the Environmental Protection Agency to do something about the lead-tainted dust that seeps into the air during renovations of houses built before 1978. Perhaps spurred on by recent recalls of lead-taineted toys from China, this week the EPA finally issued new rules requiring contractors to take additional precautions when it [...]

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