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Most dangerous toys for Christmas in 2017

It is never a bad idea to get a jump on your holiday shopping. However, you want to pay careful attention to exactly what your children have put on their Christmas lists. The organization World Against Toys Causing Harm recently released its list of the most dangerous toys to give young children this holiday season. 

There are a variety of reasons why parents should avoid buying the following toys. Some pose a threat of strangulation while others have the potential to cause trauma. Parents should take into account the age and maturity level of their children before buying gifts, but at the end of the day, it may be better to simply avoid these potentially harmful items

How to be safe with space heaters

Space heaters are great for warming up just one room at a time and saving on your utility costs, especially in our mild Southern California winters. Before you pull your heater out of storage, however, there are some things you should know about safely operating these devices and avoiding house fires.

Space heaters account for a third of all home fires, as well as four out of every five deaths related to home heating fires. This does not mean you should throw your space heater away. Your space heater may be one of your favorite appliances this winter when you need to warm up your bathroom or thaw out your chilly feet. Understanding how to avoid common heating risks and check for manufacturer defects can help you safely heat your home.

Are any of these baby choking hazards in your house?

A wide range of items are unsafe for babies, and choking is a top hazard. Even foods you might not give a second glance to such as stringy or melted cheese can pose a danger, and so can honey, nuts and seeds. With research, you are able to find out in advance which foods are unsafe.

However, when it comes to toys and other baby products, it is natural to assume they are safe if their recommended age range meshes with your child's age. After all, the toys would have gone through stringent processes before hitting store shelves, right? They may have, but that does not mean they are completely safe. To that end, here is a look at a few products undergoing recalls.

Some fidget spinners could be a choking and fire hazard

The latest craze to sweep across America is fidget spinners. They are fun devices designed to keep kids focused and entertained. However, parents should be aware of the potential hazard these toys present because there have been a couple instances where bluetooth enabled fidget spinners have burst into flames, as per a report in Time

While standard fidget spinners are decidedly low-tech, some companies are trying to capture the moment by adding additional gadgets to fidget spinners, from connecting to your smartphone to track spins to having built-in speakers and LED lights. 

Battery-powered toys can pose a fire hazard

The toughest cases within the field of product liability are when children are injured or killed by an unsafe product. Especially toys. Every year, numerous toy manufacturers face recalls (and lawsuits) when a design flaw or other defect in their products causes severe burns or other injuries.

According to Fire and Life Safety America (FLSA), the top toys that are prone to burn injuries and fire hazard include drones, hoverboards, and powered ride-on vehicles. One common thread with these toys is that they are all battery-powered. Typically, the battery itself is often the source of the fire. Some batteries, such as lithium-ion, are especially susceptible to exploding or catching fire. Many of the fires occur while the devices are charging, often overnight.

Borax In Home-Made Slime Has Caused Serious Burns To Children

Homemade “slime” became a viral fad over the past year, even to the point that kids have depleted whole towns of the supply of white school glue. But some parents are thinking twice about letting their children make their own slime now that the borax used to create the substance has been linked to severe chemical burns.

Borax (sodium borate) is one of the active ingredients of homemade slime (also known as flubber, oobleck or glurch). Borax is a caustic substance chiefly used in laundry detergents and household cleaners. While in most cases, borax only mildly irritates the skin, it can potentially leave kids with serious second-and-third-degree burns.

Why cochlear implants fail

If you or your child is deaf, you may be considering a cochlear implant. Major companies in this arena include Advanced Bionics, Cochlear and Med-El. Their devices have helped many people, but cochlear implants do sometimes fail.

Sometimes the failure is because of something a company did. Other times, it is due to factors such as head trauma.

Is your vehicle part of a recall? Find out in 3 easy steps.

It seems like every other day we hear about another auto recall. In fact, just last month Japanese air-bag manufacturer Takata Corp. had to file for bankruptcy protection due to an air-bag recall involving 100 million potentially defective inflators, according to a report by the Associated Press. With 69 million of these inflators in the United States alone, it represents the largest automotive recall in U.S. history.

Given how common recalls have become, you may wonder how you can check to see if your car is safe. Well, you just need to follow these three simple steps:

US regulators investigating defective fuel tank flanges

Even though Volkswagen AG and its Audi and Porsche brands have already recalled nearly a half-million vehicles due to defective fuel tank/pump flanges, U.S. regulators are now worried millions of other cars may be at risk since the manufacturer of these potentially dangerous parts may have sold them to as many as 11 automakers and five supply companies.

According to a report by the Associated Press, the German auto-part supplier Continental Automotive GmbH recently filed recall documents that stated that the flanges could be defective. Specifically, the flanges, which cover openings in the fuel tank for the pump, can crack, resulting in fuel leaks and potentially serious fires.

Lawn mowers and children: A dangerous mix

Countless items in your garage or shed are dangerous to children. One of the biggest household hazards? Lawn mowers.

Nearly 10,000 children end up in the emergency room every year because of lawn mowers, according to one study. Injuries range from cuts and burns to bone fractures, amputations and head injuries. Many victims require long-term rehabilitation, and for some, the consequences last a lifetime.

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