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Since 2011, WeMakeItSafer has been happy to provide free tools such a our Recall Finder apps to help content publishers and businesses keep their customers safe.  Our tools have been particularly useful in the Consignment Sale event industry, where checking for recalls is imperative to successful sales. Not only is it illegal to sell recalled [...]

Security Solutions for Elderly Homeowners

Security Solutions for Elderly Homeowners

Homeowners of all ages need to feel confident and safe in their own homes. As you get older you may feel more vulnerable and want to ensure that your property is protected against thieves and vandals with some extra security measures. Who is Knocking at Your Door? The first line of defense of any property [...]

The FDA’s Chobani Inspection Report


Editors Note:  The following is a reprint of the FDA Chobani inspection report released following the September recall of the Chobani Greek Yogurt due to mold contamination.  The report is being discussed in the media due to comments therein (highlighted in orange text below) that imply the mold may have been discovered sooner than it [...]

The Biggest Toy Recalls of 2013


As you head out to do your holiday shopping this year, please keep this list of recalled products and related safety tips in mind.  The same information is also important when consigning, donating or passing down toys your family no longer needs.  Please share this post with your friends and family. 2013 Toy Recalls in [...]

Halloween Health and Safety Tips

Cat Carved in Jack-O'-Lantern

Editors Note:  Thanks goes to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for this useful post.  Please pass it on to help keep children safe this Halloween. Also, be sure that you don’t own any of these recalled Halloween-related products. Have tips of your own to add? We welcome them in the comments below or [...]

Foster Farms Chicken Salmonella Outbreak FAQs


Editors Note: On October 7, 2013, the USDA issued a health alert regarding Foster Farms Chicken.  Subsequently, on October 13, Costco recalled Rotisserie Chickens jointly branded with Foster Farms. The following Q&A was provided by the Food Safety & Inspection Service (FSIS) division of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA).   Q: When did FSIS first learn of [...]

Product Recalls During the Government Shutdown


Product recalls are conducted by several government agencies, with the vast majority falling under the jurisdictions of the FDA, USDA, CPSC and NHTSA.  Recall activity during the government shutdown varies by agency and is described in more detail below, but each of the agencies has warned that information on their websites may not be up-to-date [...]

The Future of Home Security


Home security systems have changed drastically in just the last 5-10 years; big changes in the accessibility of Wi-Fi and the low cost and ubiquity of mobile phones have been two of the biggest changes.  What is the next big game-changer in the world of home security? Here are 5 technologies to look forward to [...]

10 Ways to Secure Your Home on a Budget


When it comes to home security, more is not always better – the best investments are on features you will use and defence against true threats. Here are 10 easy tips that can be implemented on the smallest of budgets and will increase your peace of mine and make your home safe. 1.    Apply Security [...]

Secondhand Gift Giving is Trending, Would You Give Used?

Secondhand Gift Giving is Trending

Secondhand gift giving is the new green trend.  With so much great, gently used merchandise available for a fraction of the new price, we can easily reduce the stress of gift giving on our planet and our wallets. “Isn’t that tacky; can I really give a used gift?” you ask.  Actually, many families have begun [...]

Food-related Choking Among Children in the United States

Young Girl Eating a Hotdog

Editor’s note: Thanks goes to the US Centers for Disease Control (CDC) for this informative article. Food-related Choking Among Children in the United States Candy, particularly hard candy, meat, and bones were key foods involved in choking episodes among children ages 0-14 years, according to a report published today by the Center for Injury Research [...]

Teens: Worried About Them Driving? How About Walking?


As parents, we all hope that, by the time we send our kids off to Middle and High School we’ve done a decent job teaching them the safety basics: what to do in a fire or earthquake, how to contact us in an emergency, what to do if bothered by a stranger or bully, and [...]

Packaged Salad Blamed for Cyclospora Outbreak, but No Recall

summer salad

Cyclospora is a rare parasite that causes a lengthy gastrointestinal illness. As of August 9, 2013 (5pm EDT), the US Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has been notified of 514 cases of Cyclospora infections from 17 states, as shown in the map above.  At least 30 people reportedly have been hospitalized in five states. So [...]

West Nile Virus is Spreading – What You Can Do

West Nile Virus Activity by State, as of August 6, 2013

West Nile Virus is most often transmitted by mosquitoes and is spreading quickly across the US. The green states on the map above all have West Nile Virus activity; those in dark green have confirmed incidents of human infection.  While the majority of those infected with West Nile Virus will not get sick, it is [...]

Fireworks Safety, By the Numbers

Fireworks Safety, By the Numbers

The CPSC has updated last year’s popular “Fireworks Injuries” infographic with data from 2012. Take a look and share this with your friends. It serves as an excellent reminder that fireworks are serious business. Have fun this week as we celebrate this important holiday, but please remember to use extreme caution and make sure the [...]