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Ballpark Safety Tips

It’s Little League season again and that means it’s time for a friendly reminder of how to be safe when taking the kids to the ballpark.  Here’s a few friendly safety tips for you and the family to exercise when heading to the ball fields this spring.  Some our more obvious than others, so pay attention.

1.       Make sure the kids are wearing the property safety equipment. – For the typical little leaguer, this means wearing a helmet when hitting at all times.  Similarly, catchers should wear a full equipment gear including the mask when catching pitches.  Kids are still learning at this age, so you can expect some wild pitches.  Mouth guards and cups are also advised equipment.

2.       Use Sunscreen – Whether it’s sunny or a cloudy day, those UV rays are going to get you and your kids.  So wear appropriate level sunscreen. Waterproof sunscreen is preferable because it won’t come off as easy when your kid sweats or pours water on his or her face.  Most local pharmacies carry travel size bottles around that easily fit into purses or ballbags.  Sunburn is a great way to ruin a weekend retreat.

3.       Watch for flying objects! – You’re at a ballpark, likely with multiple games going on at once.  Be aware of your surroundings.  Balls may come at you from multiple directions.  So if you hear someone hollering heads up, pay attention!

4.       Peanuts and Crackerjacks aren’t for everyone – Peanut allergies are becoming more and more common. So before you share a bag of peanuts with your kid’s teammate, make sure you clear it with his/her parents.  You don’t want to start an allergy attack at a little league game.  So be mindful of who you’re sharing food with.

Space Heater Safety Tips

The cold weather has finally started to arrive, which means people will be plugging in their space heaters to keep warm in the office and at home.  While space heaters can be a great way to warm a small area, they are also extremely dangerous fire hazards if the proper safety precautions are not taken.  Space heaters are a common cause for house fires and often result in entire houses being burned to the ground.  So please exercise precaution and follow these simple safety tips to help you survive the low temperatures without harming your property or loved ones.

  1. Keep space heaters at least three feet away from combustible objects such as paper products, curtains, trash cans, and wood products.
  2. Do not use extension cords with space heaters unless absolutely necessary.
  3. Check the space heater’s cord periodically to make sure it is not frayed or damaged.  Do not use a space heater with a damaged cord because a fire could start from the damaged portion of the cord.
  4. Keep your space heater on a flat, level surface.  If a space heater falls, it could easily be put into a position where it starts a fire.
  5. Unless, your space heater is designed for use outdoors or in bathrooms, do not use your space heater in damp, wet areas.  This can cause a shorting of your unit and lead to disastrous results.
  6. Periodically check your plug and outlet fit.  If the plug becomes very hot, the outlet may need to be replaced.  This could be a sign of a potential home wiring issue.
  7. Remember, a space heater is not designed to replace your home’s heating system.  It is only designed to be a supplementary source of heat.
  8. Make sure your space heater is turned off and unplugged when you leave your home.

Follow these safe tips and you can have a safe, warm holiday season! If you’re still feeling cold at home with your space heater running, we suggest a warm cup of coffee or hot chocolate!

Faces, Hands Burned by Mr. Coffee

The Consumer Product Safety Commision has issued a recall notice for 600,000 Mr. Coffee brewers.  Apparently, the coffee maker can malfunction, spewing a stream of scalding hot water and coffee grounds at the face and hands.  Already there have been 61 reported injuries as a result of this defect.  The coffee makers are approximately 11 inches tall; are black with sliver, red or white trim; and were sold for between $60 and $80.  If you believe you have an effected unit, stop using it immediately and contact Jarden at 800-993-8609 for details on getting a free replacement unit.


Circo Children’s Task Lamps, 13,000 of which have been sold at Target in 2011, have been recalled. You can return the lamp to Target for a full refund.

Read more about the recall here.


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