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Helpful Apps for Better Health


The Fourth Annual Health Datapalooza concluded in Washington DC this week with an impressive showing of consumer apps designed to help improve consumers’ health and wellbeing.  In this post we highlight some of the applications presented at the event as well as a few others we think could be useful. Food & Health Recall Search. [...]

Importance of Bicycle Helmets Hits Home for WeMakeItSafer CEO


Editor’s Note:  This post was written by our CEO, Jennifer Toney, on her personal blog a few years ago. It shows the importance of proper bike helmet fit.  Had her son’s helmet not been worn straight across his forehead, rather than incorrectly tilted back like we see so often, he would have suffored direct impact with the concrete. The [...]

How to Properly Fit a Bicycle Helmet


In addition to publishing vehicle recalls, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) provides a lot of safety information for cars and other modes of transportation, including bicycles.  Knowing which government agency covers which types of products can be a bit confusing given that bicycle recalls are covered by the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), [...]

WeMakeItSafer, the Google of Product Recalls


We are happy to announce that, beginning today, in addition to the consumer product recalls issued by the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) you can easily find information for recalls issued by: Food & Drug Administration (FDA) United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) What this means is [...]

BBQ Grilling Safety Tips


Cooking outdoors is a great way to get some fresh air, enjoy whole foods and spend time with family and friends.  Unfortunately, in our haste to throw another shrimp on the barbie, safety precautions are easily overlooked. According to the CPSC’s National Electronic Injury Surveillance System (NEISS), in 2011 alone, an estimated 19,000 people were [...]

How Long Do Easter Eggs Last?


Hard boiled eggs can be fun to eat and even more fun to decorate, but it is wise to avoid keeping them around for too long.  If the Easter Bunny left those eggs out at room temperature for more than 2 hours, it’s best to sneak them into the compost when wee ones are looking [...]

Top 5 Recalls by Incidents in March 2013

Top 5 Recalls by Incidents in March 2013

The top five recalls by incidents in March 2013 included two in the Sports Equipment category, two in the Home & Garden category and one in the Children’s category. 236 incidents of handles detaching from the weight pockets were reported in the Aqua Lung buoyancy compensators recall. LED light bulbs were recalled after 68 incidents [...]

Tips for Safe and Healthy Gardening


Spring is here, and we can hardly wait to get outside and start preparing the yard for this year’s outdoor activities. Whether you like to grow vegetables or strive for that enviable lawn, be sure to make health and safety a part of your outdoor routine.  The tips below, provided by the CDC, will help [...]

Natural Cleaner Recipe Roundup Just in Time for Spring


As the weather starts to warm up and winter clothes go back into storage, spring cleaning is right around the corner. This year, instead of using store-bought cleaners, which often include harsh chemicals that can be harmful to you and your family, why not try making your own natural cleaners from ingredients you likely already [...]

Unusual Products Get Recalled, Too


Every once in a while, a recall is issued for a product that, at least one person on our team has never heard of before. These odd products spark interesting conversations around the office about those random tools in grandpa’s garage, or that crazy gadget in auntie’s kitchen, but at the end of the day, [...]

So, What is a Consignment Sale Event Anyway?

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When we think of consignment, small neighborhood boutiques, thrift stores and antique shops come to mind.  Each of these locations generally operate on the same, simple concept – sellers (ie, the consignors) bring in items they no longer need; the shop owner places the items on store shelves;  then, when the item sells, the shop [...]

Top 5 Recalls by Highest Quoted Price in February 2013

Top 5 Recalls by Highest Price in February 2013

This month, the recalled items with the highest quoted price span several different categories, including Motors / Recreational Vehicles, Sports Equipment and Home & Garden. The most expensive were John Deere Gator utility vehicles, costing between $12,900 and $15,500. Next were Ski-Doo snowmobiles with a price tag of $8,000 – $12,000. Club Car golf and [...]

New Play Yard Safety Standards – What Does it Mean?

New Play Yard Safety Standards

New safety standards for play yards, also called travel yards or playpens, go into effect today, February 28, 2013. We have received a number of questions about what these new standards mean for consumers and for those who intended to give away or sell their used play yards. In this post, we summarize the new [...]

New Study Suggests Ski and Snowboard Helmets Should be Required

Young Skier

We have written about the importance of wearing  helmets several times before in the context of riding bicycles and youth sports, but a recent study from Johns Hopkins reminds us that helmets are extremely important during snow activities as well.   According to the study, approximately 120,000 ski and snowboard related head injuries are reported in [...]

How Service Providers Can Use Items I Own to Help Protect Consumers

Home Inspector

We have received several inquires recently from Home Inspectors asking how to use Items I Own to help consumers check their belongings for recalls.  We are thrilled that more Home Inspectors are beginning to add recall checking services to their inspections and/or are taking the time to educate their clients about the free tools available [...]