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Recall for HP batteries due to fire hazard

Most everyone has a laptop, but if you own an HP notebook computer, then you need to see if your laptop is at risk of combustion. On Jan. 4, 2018, Hewlett-Packard issued a recall notice for specific types of HP computers and mobile workstations that have faulty batteries. 

The batteries have the potential to overheat, increasing the likelihood of burns and fires. As of this writing, eight battery packs have already overheated, resulting in melted and damaged computer units. One person has already sustained an injury: a first-degree burn to the hand. If you own an HP laptop, then you need to follow certain actions to avoid injury. 

American Honda recalls portable generators

Heavy-duty equipment recalls are some of the most important to take notice of. As of December 21st, 2017, the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission issued a statement recalling the American Honda portable generator due to a defect that can cause gasoline to leak from the hose, posing a fire hazard.

The leak increases the risk of a fire starting within the component. Although the media has not reported on any burn injuries related to the generator as of this writing, it is still critical to remain vigilant and take your generator back to the supplier if you have one. 

Checking for product recalls may save your life

Each year, defective or dangerous products injure or kill countless people across the country. Taking a few minutes to check whether the item you bought has caused injuries might prevent you or your family members from suffering the same fate.

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.

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