CPSC Offers Safety Tips for a Safer Halloween

In a news statement, the US Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) claims that they receive hundreds of reports annually concerning Halloween-related costumes, décor and lighting and wants to remind the public that these incidents are preventable. The CPSC has provided a “three-step safety check” so that consumers can enjoy an injury-free fright night.

CPSC Chairman Inez Tenenbaum said, “Too often Halloween make believe has resulted in real life injury. Fortunately, prevention is simple. Choose flameless candles, flame-retardant materials and well-fitting costumes to reduce the risk of injury this Halloween.”

The CPSC has provided a three-step, five-minute inspection designed to help consumers avoid recurring annual Halloween problems and dangers. The checklist helps to identify ways to prevent fires and burns, ensure kids are seen and can see and to appropriately outfit children for safety. The safety checklist is available on the CPSC’s website in PDF format.

As a Bellingham personal injury lawyer, I hope that spreading this information helps to keep our community safe during the holiday. The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) says that Halloween ranks in the top 5 days of the years for candle-related fires. I, the CPSC and the NFPA recommend that you never leave a lit candle burning while unattended. Battery operated, or “simulated”, candles are safe alternatives to open flames. If you’ve been injured through the use of an unsafe holiday item, speak with a personal injury lawyer in your town to learn more about your rights as a consumer.

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CooperVision Complies with FDA Request

In a news release, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced that CooperVision, a division of Cooper Companies Inc, has complied with their request for a widen recall effort of their Avaira Toric contact lenses.

CooperVision initiated a recall of their Avaira Toric contact lenses in August, however faced pressure from the FDA because the agency believed that the company had not done enough to educate the public of the recall. The FDA has since announced that the company has come into compliance with their request.

FDA spokeswoman Morgan Liscinsky said, “CooperVision’s public communications are consistent with the agency’s expectations. The FDA will continue to monitor this recall’s effectiveness to ensure that the affect devices are removed from the marketplace and not used by consumers.”

Whether the move by CooperVision is based solely on the FDA request or was monetarily based, the company saw a stock decrease of almost $5 a share Monday, though the stock remains up 23 percent for the year, has not been commented on by either the FDA or the company.

As a Bellingham personal injury attorney, I’ve seen many similar recalls in the past and am glad that the appropriate steps have been taken to inform the public of this situation. If you’ve been injured through the use of a defective product, it may be in your best interests to contact a personal injury lawyer to learn more about the legal avenues open to you.

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CooperVision Complies with FDA Request

In a news release, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced that CooperVision, a division of Cooper Companies Inc, has complied with their request for a widen recall effort of their Avaira Toric contact lenses.

CooperVision initiated a recall of their Avaira Toric contact lenses in August, however faced pressure from the FDA because the agency believed that the company had not done enough to educate the public of the recall. The FDA has since announced that the company has come into compliance with their request.

FDA spokeswoman Morgan Liscinsky said, “CooperVision’s public communications are consistent with the agency’s expectations. The FDA will continue to monitor this recall’s effectiveness to ensure that the affect devices are removed from the marketplace and not used by consumers.”

Whether the move by CooperVision is based solely on the FDA request or was monetarily based, the company saw a stock decrease of almost $5 a share Monday, though the stock remains up 23 percent for the year, has not been commented on by either the FDA or the company.

As a Bellingham personal injury attorney, I’ve seen many similar recalls in the past and am glad that the appropriate steps have been taken to inform the public of this situation. If you’ve been injured through the use of a defective product, it may be in your best interests to contact a personal injury lawyer to learn more about the legal avenues open to you.

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River Ranch Bagged Salad Recalled Due to Listeria

In a news release, California’s River Ranch Fresh Foods, in cooperation with the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA), announced the recall of various bagged salad products due to a potential Listeria contamination discovered in testing performed on post-distribution samples by the Ohio Department of Agriculture.

This voluntary recall affects approximately 2,154 cases of various bagged salads, including Farmers Market Brand 8-ounce shredded iceberg, 7-ounce Parisian blend, 9-ounce leafy Romaine, 12-ounce Romaine garden and Hy-Vee Brand 8-ounce shredded lettuce, 12-ounce American blend, and 12-ounce garden supreme and 12-ounce Romaine garden. These products were manufactured on September 27 of this year and each feature “best by” dates of October 14, 2011. The recall mainly affects the products that were shipped to and distributed in Iowa, Pennsylvania and Ohio to retail supermarkets. Thus far, neither the company nor the FDA had received any reports of illness in relation to this recall.

Listeria monocytogenes is an organism that can result in serious and sometimes fatal infections in the young, elderly and those with compromised immune systems. Most healthy individuals may experience short-term symptoms including high fever, headaches, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea, however, in more severe cases, it can lead to miscarriages and stillbirths in pregnant women. The company and FDA are urging consumers that have bought these items to return them immediately to the place of purchase for a full refund.

As a Bellingham personal injury attorney, I’ve seen similar recalls in the past and know the harmful effects that contaminated food can have on consumers. If you’ve been injured through the consumption of contaminated food, it may be in your best interests to speak with an experienced personal injury lawyer in your city to learn more about the legal avenues open to you.

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Tanning Beds Prove Greater Risk Then Previously Believed

In a recent study published in the Journal of Investigative Dermatology, it was found that radiation emitted from tanning beds may have more carcinogenic properties than previously believed.

British researchers have discovered that ultraviolet rays emitted by a standard tanning bed are able to deeply penetrate the user’s skin, causing potentially significant damage. In the study, participants were exposed to the ultraviolet rays (UVA1) from the tanning beds as well as to shorter wavelength ultraviolent rays (UVB). It was recorded during the study that the UVA1 rays penetrated the participant’s skin all the way to the base layer of the skin, where the rays induced lesions. The UVB rays, causing the same lesions, induced a similar effect. However, the UVB rays did not penetrate the skin as deeply.

This study concluded that indoor tanning beds increase the risk of melanoma in users. Recently, the State of California passed a law banning the use of tanning beds in children under the age of 18. The law is the most restrictive of its kind in the US, though several states have similar laws. Prior to the passing of this law, children in California, ages 14 to 18, were allowed to use tanning beds pending the written permission of a parent or legal guardian.

As a Bellingham personal injury lawyer, I’ve long seen the effects that these devices have had on users over the years. If you have developed melanoma and believe it to be from the use of an artificial tanning device offering no warning of the dangers, it may be in your best interests to speak with a personal injury lawyer.

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