Recalls, plus Poison Prevention Week tips

By Robin Melen on March 21, 2012 12:01:00 am

Recall-alert-newCARAMEL PUFFCORN Eight- and 16-ounce plastic bags of Backroad Country Caramel Puffcorn sold in stores and online from Jan. 6, 2012 to March 12, 2012, in 32 states. The popcorn may contain undeclared milk. People who have allergies to milk run the risk of serious or life-threatening allergic reaction if they consume these products.
IF YOU OWN SOME If you have an allergy to milk and purchased 8- and/or 16-ounce packages of Backroad Country Caramel Puffcorn, you are urged to return them to the place of purchase for a full refund. 
Call 1-877-343-1614 for more information.

UTILITY VEHICLES About 3,900 Kawasaki Mule utility vehicles sold at Kawasaki dealers nationwide from June 2011 to February 2012 for between $6,700 and $8,200. The fuel tube can scrape against the air cleaner housing and develop holes, posing a fire hazard.
IF YOU OWN ONE Contact your Kawasaki dealer to schedule a free inspection and repair. Call 866-802-9381 or go to www.kawasaki.com for more information. Kawasaki is contacting its customers directly.

It’s Poison Prevention Week: Is your home safe?

As the United States marks the 50th anniversary of National Poison Prevention Week from March 18-24, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission is teaming up with product safety counterparts in Canada and Mexico to call attention to the dangers of unintentional poisoning.

Unintentional poisoning is one of the leading causes of injury to children. Poisoning is a preventable injury. Yet each year thousands of children in the United States and across North America are treated in emergency departments after consuming poisonous substances.

"Fifty years of poison awareness efforts have resulted in thousands of lives saved," said CPSC Chairman Inez Tenenbaum. "However, new and reemerging hazards, such as button cell batteries and chemicals that look like everyday drinks, have renewed CPSC's efforts to raise awareness and encourage poison prevention."

Here are three recommendations from the CPSC on protecting yourself at home:

• Keep medicines and household chemicals in their original, child-resistant containers.

• Store potentially hazardous substances up and out of a child's sight and reach.

• Keep the national Poison Help hotline number, 800-222-1222, handy in case of a poison emergency.

Additional poison prevention steps are:

• When hazardous products are in use, never let young children out of your sight, even if you must take them along when answering the phone or doorbell.

• Keep items closed and in their original containers.

• Leave the original labels on all products, and read the labels before using the products.

• Always leave the light on when giving or taking medicine so that you can see what you aregiving or taking. Check the dosage every time.

• Avoid taking medicine in front of children. Refer to medicine as "medicine," not "candy."

• Clean out the medicine cabinet periodically and safely dispose of unneeded and outdated medicines.

• Do not put decorative lamps and candles that contain lamp oil where children can reach them. Lamp oil can be very toxic if ingested by children

• Do not allow children to play with button cell batteries, and keep button batteries out of your child's reach.

• If a button cell battery is ingested, immediately seek medical attention. The National Battery Ingestion Hotline is available anytime at 202-625-3333 (call collect if necessary), or call the Poison Help hotline at 800-222-1222.

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Robin Melen

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