Hundreds of thousands of children end up in hospital emergency rooms every year with toy-related injuries. Choking hazards, loud sounds and hidden toxins are some of the dangers still lurking on toy shelves, according to a new report.
The New York Public Interest Research Group ‘s 34th annual “Trouble in Toyland” report says toys have become safer in the past three decades, but some toys still on store shelves can be dangerous to children.
Hazards like lead paint or toxic chemicals are not easily identified – but Liz Moran, NYPIRG’s environmental policy director, says some dangers are easier to detect.
“Detectable dangers include toys that children could choke on or toys that are too loud, and these types of dangers are ones that parents can be on the lookout for,” says Moran.
The report, available online at ‘uspirg.org,’ identifies hazardous toys still for sale, provides tips for parents and other gift-givers, and calls on the government to adopt stronger safety standards.
In New York, the “Child Safe Product Act” – a bill regulating the use of toxic chemicals in children’s products – has passed in both houses of the State Legislature. However, Moran points out that it won’t become law until Governor Andrew Cuomo signs it.
“The governor should sign that before the holiday season,” says Moran, “to send the message to parents that New York state is doing everything in its power to make sure that the products for our children are going to be safe.”
The report says many toy “slime” products now on the market contain dangerous amounts of boron, and some children’s jewelry contains cadmium, which can cause cancer and other health problems.
Moran adds toys that have been recalled because they’re safety hazards may show up for sale on eBay or at garage sales.
“What needs to happen is more notification from the U.S. [Consumer] Product Safety Commission and manufacturers, to make sure that the public is aware a toy is being recalled, and why,” says Moran.
Other common hazards include powerful magnets that can be swallowed, and uninflated balloons, which are the primary cause of suffocation death in children.
LA Alcohol Delivery Sees Massive Spike Following “Safer at Home” Order
LOS ANGELES — Following California Governor Gavin Newsom and Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti’s “Safer at Home” order, Saucey has experienced an unprecedented number of users on their alcohol delivery platform.
The company has seen a 300% increase in area sales compared to a standard delivery day.
“As the concern over the COVID-19 virus has grown at both the state and public levels, I think you’re not so coincidentally seeing a rise in people ordering alcohol,” says Saucey co-founder and CEO Chris Vaughn. “We’re feeling the effects elsewhere too, like San Francisco and Chicago; we’re doing our best to assist everyone who wants to use us and use us safely.”
The Los Angeles-based app recognizes they are among select delivery services fortunate enough to be helping people in a variety of markets as they practice social distancing and protect themselves from the rapidly spreading Coronavirus.
“It’s good to see so many people making lifestyle adjustments that let them be as comfortable as they can be during this time,” Vaughn said.
There may be something to that comfort thing. Since March 15, Saucey has seen ice cream sales spike by 500% and soft drinks by 150%. Lime sales also spiked by 350%, potentially pointing to more people making mixed drinks.
As for the alcohol, vodka tops Saucey’s spirit sales and is up by 250%. Whiskey, however, saw the greatest spike at 300%. IPAs held the highest increase in sales in their beer category at 300%.
Saucey will continue providing safe deliveries to the people of Los Angeles, San Francisco, Chicago, San Diego, Chicago, New York, Dallas, Silicon Valley, Orange County and San Jose.
Costco Says Don’t Even Think of Returning Toilet Paper
(TMZ) — Costco is unsympathetic to all the folks who stocked up on toilet paper like they were never gonna get another sheet … because the superstore has made it clear — NO REFUNDS!!!
This sign was plastered on the wall of the Costco in Pentagon City outside Washington, D.C. Now that people have settled in, it seems they’re realizing they have waaaaaay too much toilet paper, hand sanitizer, wipes and Lysol, and apparently some are trying to return it for cash.
You gotta be a little sympathetic … lots of people got laid off after they hoarded these items, so money is a huge issue.
Also on the no-return list — Water and rice.
Drives Aim to Keep Historic Restaurants Alive During Outbreak
LOS ANGELES (Daily News) — With restaurants limited to takeout service or shut down completely by the coronavirus outbreak, a drive has been launched to keep some of Los Angeles’ legendary eateries from fading away.
Known as 1933 Group, the team operates about a dozen themed bars and restaurants in Los Angeles, including the barrel-shaped bar Idle Hour in North Hollywood, Harlowe in West Hollywood, Highland Park Bowl and the Formosa Cafe in West Hollywood.
Many of them have shuttered in recent days amid strict orders implemented by Gov. Gavin Newsom and Mayor Eric Garcetti, aiming to stem the flow of deadly COVID-19.
“We are struggling to survive,” said Dimitri Komarov, the venues’ co-owner. “The impact is dire. We’re losing our […]
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