Laundry packet standard doesn’t go far enough

Laundry packet standard doesn’t go far enough

The convenience of laundry detergent packets has a dangerous downside: Tens of thousands of children have been exposed to the colorful, bite-sized packages since their introduction in 2012, leading to hundreds of hospital visits for injuries that include seizures, vomiting, and respiratory arrest. ASTM International, the non-profit standards-setting organization, is developing a voluntary standard designed to make the packets safer. Consumers Union, the policy and advocacy arm of Consumer Reports, joined other consumer groups this week in casting a negative vote … (read more)

If you’re lucky enough to have a snow blower, use it safely

If you’re lucky enough to have a snow blower, use it safely

Trying to remove the piles of snow currently falling on a wide swath of the country can be a frustrating affair. The heavy wet snow can jam even the best snow blower. But don’t be tempted to clear a jam with your hands. Doing so is almost certain to get you a trip to the emergency room before your driveway is cleared. Snow blowers also pose other safety risks from carbon monoxide poisoning and flying debris. Here’s … (read more)