CPSC recalls Optimus space heater we judged a safety risk

CPSC recalls Optimus space heater we judged a safety risk

The Consumer Product Safety Commission today announced the recall of two models of Optimus portable electric space heaters, including one model that Consumer Reports judged a Don’t Buy: Safety Risk last year and asked the safety agency to recall.

We tested the Optimus H-5210, $ 25, along with 19 other models. In our space heater tests, we put terry cloth over each heater to see whether the unit’s sensor shuts it off before it overheats. The Optimus … (read more)

Food safety tips to prevent sidelining your Super Bowl guests

Food safety tips to prevent sidelining your Super Bowl guests

No matter what team you’re cheering for, the Super Bowl is a long game, typically four hours not counting the pre- and post-portions. That’s twice as long as it takes for bacteria to start multiplying in food that’s been left at room temperature for too long. As the host of a viewing party, make sure you observe the two-hour rule so your guests don’t remember your party for all the wrong reasons.

When it comes to food consumption, only … (read more)

Ladder safety: Don’t get decked while decking the halls

Ladder safety: Don’t get decked while decking the halls

The refrain to the holiday song “Deck the Halls,” goes fa-la-la-la-la not fall-la-la-la-la. But falling is what too many homeowners do when attempting to hang holiday lights and decorate their homes. Falls off ladders, roofs or pieces of furniture not meant to support weight sent more than 13,000 holiday decorators to the emergency room at the end of 2010. Half were hospitalized. So, give yourself and your family the gift of safety by reviewing these ladder safety tips from the … (read more)

CPSC issues safety alert for single-use laundry pods

CPSC issues safety alert for single-use laundry pods

Safety concerns over single-use laundry detergents pods escalated again today with an official alert from the Consumer Products Safety Commission advising parents and caregivers to lock up these products and keep them away from children. In September, Consumers Union, the policy and advocacy division of Consumer Reports, wrote the CPSC urging its staff to investigate the matter and consider stricter regulations.

Today’s action by the CSPC stops short of our requests, though it underscores the dangers posed by … (read more)

Avoid generator risks by following these safety tips

Avoid generator risks by following these safety tips

A good generator can get you through a power outage but it also poses safety hazards of its own including carbon monoxide poisoning, electric shock or electrocution and the risk of fire. Every year, people die in incidents related to portable generator use, reports the Consumer Product Safety Commission. Most of the incidents involve CO poisoning from generators used indoors or in partially-enclosed spaces. Here’s how to stay safe, with tips from the CPSC.

Carbon monoxide hazards

Never use a … (read more)

Cooktop extractor fan from BORA

The space saving, 3-speed BORA cooktop extractor fan measures only 9cm in width and is more effective than conventional extractor hoods, because cooking vapours are drawn right where they arise – at the cooktop level. BORA employs basic physics, sucking in kitchen vapours which rise at the speed of 1 meter per second, at 4 meters per second. This downdraft cooktop extractor fan fits nicely next to or between cooking hobs. Touch controls, auto safety shut off, variable duct system and integrated silencer. BORA .

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Verona Pro gas wall oven

The new Verona Pro 30″ gas wall oven is available in the VEBIG30SS stainless steel or the VEBIG30E glossy black. The high performing 12,000 BTU built-in oven comes with 3.0 cu.ft cooking cavity, turbo-electric convection fan, 3 heavy duty racks and broiler pan. … (read more)

Compact induction hob from UNOLD

The stylish and efficient compact induction hob from UNOLD is easy to operate. Measuring just 25 x 19 x 6 centimetres, the compact cooktop is also small enough to fit in the tiniest kitchens. The induction hob has 5 power settings ranging from 300 watts to 1.2 kW as well as 5 temperatures between 60°C and 220°C, which can be set using the convenient LED display.

The compact induction hob automatically recognizes suitable pots and pans. For added safety, it features overheating protection and automatic adjustment of current fluctuations. In addition, (read more)