Monday, July 16, 2012

Product Recalls for High Chairs, Dollar Store Light Sets, IKEA Lighting System + 1 More

Below are listed some Product Recalls for High Chairs, Dollar Store Light Sets, IKEA Lighting System + 1 More item that was sold at Lowe's.  I don't print every recall that comes to my inbox, but when it comes to children's products, I get a bit critical and think everyone should see the news....  with that being said,

via press release:


Chicco Polly High Chairs Recalled Due to Laceration Hazard

Name of Product: Chicco Polly High Chair

Importer: Artsana USA Inc., of Lancaster, Pa.

Hazard: Children can fall on or against the pegs on the rear legs of the high chair, resulting in a bruising or laceration injury.

Incidents/Injuries: The firm is aware of 21 reports of incidents in which a child fell against the peg and received injuries, including four laceration injuries requiring medical closure (stitches, tape or glue) and one scratched cornea.

Description: This recall involves a range of Chicco Polly high chairs with pegs on the back legs intended for tray storage. The high chairs have a folding metal frame for storage and a reclining seat. The recalled high chairs can be identified by the model number and date code printed on a label on the underside of the seat, close to the footrest. The date code is in the format DDMMYYYY or YYYY-MM-DD. High chairs included in this recall were manufactured prior to October 13, 2010 and have one of the following model numbers on the label:

Model Numbers
00063803430070 05063803260070
00063803480070 05063803270070
00063803490070 05063803570070
00063803580070 05063803660070
04063765000070 05063803970070
04063765540070 06063765650070
04063765760070 06063765970070
04063803630070 06063803650070
04063803860070 06063803770070
04063803900070 06063803820070
05063765020070 06063803960070
05063803020070 06063803970070
05063803220070 07063803780070

Sold at: Retail stores including Babies R Us, Burlington Coat Factory, Buy Buy Baby, Shopko and Toys R Us, as well as online outlets including Albeebaby.com, Amazon.com, Babyage.com, Babysupermart.com, Diapers.com and Target.com from January 2005 through July 2012 for between $100 and $150.

Remedy: Consumers should contact Chicco for a free peg cover kit which will be mailed to them. To help prevent injuries before repair, consumers should store the tray on the pegs when the high chair is not in use.

Consumer Contact: For additional information, contact Chicco toll-free at (800) 807-8817 between 8 a.m. through 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday, or visit the firm's website at www.chiccousa.com/pollykit

To see this recall on CPSC's web site, including pictures of the recalled product, please go to:
http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml12/12221.html

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Family Dollar Stores Recalls Decorative Light Sets Due To Fire and Electrical Shock Hazard

Name of Product: 200 Mini Lights

Importer: Family Dollar Services, Inc., of Matthews, N.C.

Hazard: The light sets do not meet the UL standard for this product and pose a fire and shock risk.

Incidents/Injuries: There were three reports of overheating. No injuries or property damage were reported.

Description: The recalled decorative light sets have "200 Mini Lights" and "Multi Lights, Green Wire" printed on the red box. The product is identified by SKU # 2211428 and UPC # 049696720465 found on the back of the package. The product contains labels attached to a tag on the power cord with UL Listing # E346525 and Model # F0L200A4S.

Sold exclusively at: Family Dollar stores from September 2011 through December 2011 for $8.

Remedy: Consumer should immediately stop using the light sets and return the product to a Family Dollar store for a full refund.

Consumer Contact: For additional information, contact Family Dollar Stores at (800) 547-0359 between 8:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, or visit the firm's website at www.familydollar.com in the Help section.

To see this recall on CPSC's web site, including pictures of the recalled product, please go to:
http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml12/12222.html


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IKEA Recalls Track Lighting System Due to Electric Shock Hazard

Name of Product: IKEA 365 + SÄNDA track, 28" and 45"

Importer: IKEA North America Services LLC, of Conshohocken, Pa.

Hazard: The ground connection in the track is defective, posing an electric shock hazard.

Incidents/Injuries: None

Description: This recall involves white, straight track systems used to hold and power light fixtures. The recalled tracks are model numbers 00149242 and 10149246, supplier number 21338 and date stamp 1134 through 1213. The brand name IKEA, 365+ SÄNDA, supplier number and date stamp are printed on a white label attached to the side of the track. The recalled tracks are 28" and 45" long.

Sold exclusively at: IKEA stores nationwide from September 2011 through March 2012 from $15 to $20.

Remedy: Consumers should immediately stop using the track and return it to any IKEA store for a replacement unit or a full refund.

Consumer Contact: For additional information, contact IKEA toll-free at (888) 966-4532 anytime, or visit the firm's website at www.ikea-usa.com

To see this recall on CPSC's web site, including pictures of the recalled products, please go to:
http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml12/12210.html

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Exhaust Fans Sold at Lowe's Stores Recalled Due to Fire Hazard; Made by Delta Electronics Dongguan

Name of Product: Harbor Breeze Bath Fans with Heater and Light

Importer: Homewerks Worldwide LLC, Lincolnshire, Ill.

Manufacturer: Delta Electronics (Dongguan) Co. Ltd., of China

Hazard: The fan's heater blades can fail to rotate properly, causing the fan to overheat and posing a fire hazard.

Incidents/Injuries: The firm has received 11 reports of the fan overheating with smoking or flames within the fan housing, including three reports of minor property damage.

Description: This recall involves plastic Harbor Breeze bathroom fans with a center light and a heater. The fans are white and measure about 11 x 17 inches. Model number 7109-01-L, Lowe's item number 194492 and UPC code 820633985358 are printed on the fan's packaging. A date code beginning with either 0, 11, 12 or 13 is printed on the fan's housing, which indicates the fan was manufactured between August 2010 and March 2011.

Sold exclusively at: Lowe's stores nationwide and at www.lowes.com from September 2010 through March 2012 for about $90.

Remedy: Consumers should stop using the recalled bathroom exhaust fans immediately and contact Delta Electronics Dongguan to schedule a free repair by a trained service technician.

Consumer Contact: For additional information, contact Delta Electronics Dongguan toll-free at (855) 301-6578 between 9 a.m. and 8 p.m. ET Monday through Friday, or visit the firm's website at www.heaterfanrecall.com

To see this recall on CPSC's web site, including a picture of the recalled product, please go to:
http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml12/12212.html

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If You Ever Want To Start A Website, Silence Is The New "Thank You"

Silence Is The New "Thank You" or I Thought Neighbors Used To Help Each Other Out!  This is a parable of sorts... At least it started out that way.

When you live or work within a community, whether it be at home amongst your neighbors or at work amongst your daytime peers, it has always been my experience that when someone needs information or help, that the community, in general, steps up.

At least that's what I seem to expect from my past experiences.

In the past, I've had total strangers step up and help me out.  It's pretty heart-warming, that's for sure.  So when I reached out for help with a non-refundable hotel room that I couldn't use in San Diego for Comic-Con, I wasn't holding my breath.  But I guess I expected some form of acknowledgement.

But in this day and age, on the web, silence is the new "how do you do."

This last week was interesting, and to some degree, not surprising in what I encountered.

A few weeks back I found I had to have shoulder surgery and got it done.  But I was cautious about the idea of attending Comic-Con in a sling.  The crowd doesn't care.  They plowed me over when I was on crutches, so whose to say what would happen to me in a less visible sling.

But my room was a non-refundable room and there it's about making money, so it didn't matter that medically speaking, I was unable to attend or obtain a refund.  But they were pretty upfront about that when I got my room.  So no surprise there.

"Sorry about your surprise surgery.  No refunds.  Thanks for the free money and have a nice day."  So be it.

So I reached out to some of what I have considered to be peers in my blogging community asking if anyone needed a room or if they had any thoughts or suggestions? I sent this out to select group of "peers."

If I were to read between the lines of the deafening silence, I'm guessing there was a... Well, the crickets in the silence was deafening.

Not even a, sorry, don't know.  Just silence.  Cool... so silence is the new "No."

But there's more to add to this neighborly disappointment.  I share and retweet for some of these guys on a consistent basis and not a single one of them ever says thanks.  I send notes instead of comments on articles to let them know something is up or wrong with an article.  Nada.

I'm guessing silence is the new "thank you."  Or that some silence means "We don't care that it's wrong.  It gets us traffic because no one else will bother translating that foreign language like we were supposed to before posting about this movie poster."

Silence...  the all-purpose method of answering any helpful, neighborly insight.

I sent out emails to 10 folks who I know.  1 responded.

Every few months, I always develop a new revelation about the community I am clumped in with.

If you're looking to start a blog, unless you already know someone, you're going to be pretty much on your own.  It's a dog eat dog world and they don't care if you get eaten up.  What's the line... I don't care about the bear, as long as I'm faster than you are?

So if you're going to get started on a website, here are my basic suggestions

Understand SEO and website linking.  This is one reference:  http://www.seobook.com/ & http://googlewebmastercentral.blogspot.com/

Hit up http://www.problogger.net/ ... that's a great starting point and focus on the basics of wrapping your mind around monetizing and other nuances.

Be careful, you don't want to follow so many people that it all becomes a fizzle of noise!

Understand how to apply social media to your game, like Twitter and Facebook.

If you want to monetize, Google Adsense is a wonderful starter spot, as is Amazon Associates. To date, they don't care about your traffic flow.

Start simple... use Google Blogger.  (Wordpress site doesn't allow you to monetize)  And I know some sites that are doing just fine using blogger.  And blogger is getting to the point where you can customize so it doesn't look like blogger posts.  (You do realize you're on a Blogger website right now, don't you?)

If things go well, get a domain and point it to Blogger.

Be emotionally prepared to see your ideas showing up on other websites.  I have one website that seems to always come up with some great new ideas after I've deployed them on my website.  I'm sure it's just coincidence...  right?  Remember, if you see your ideas being deployed by bigger websites, well, you have to keep coming up with good ideas.  Heck, keep a log of it, just in case.

If things go really well after all of the above, well, by then you'll know what to do.

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Just remember, more than likely, unless you're really good at the internet socializing game, you will have no friends out here... it's all you baby.  And when you do hit your goal, then it feels pretty good.

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Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Product Recall: Troxel Recalls Flexible Flyer Swing Sets

via press release:

Troxel Recalls Flexible Flyer Swing Sets Due to Fall Hazard

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission and Health Canada, in cooperation with the firm named below, today announced a voluntary recall of the following consumer product. Consumers should stop using recalled products immediately unless otherwise instructed. It is illegal to resell or attempt to resell a recalled consumer product.

Name of Product: Flexible Flyer Swing Sets

Units: About 100,500 in the United States and 4,900 in Canada

Manufacturer: The Troxel Company, of Moscow, Tenn.

Hazard: The see saw seats can break away from the bolt fasteners during use, posing a fall hazard.

Incidents/Injuries: The firm received 1,232 reports of see saw seats breaking resulting in thirteen injuries to young children that included bumps, bruises and lacerations.

Description: The Flexible Flyer swing sets come in 11 different models each with a see saw attachment along with swings, bars or a slide. The model number can be found on a sticker located underneath the center of the top bar of each swing set unit. Model numbers and names are listed below:

Model # / Model Name
41575 / BIG ADVENTURE
41577 / FUN FANTASTIC
41578 / FUN FANTASTIC II
42003 / BACKYARD FLYER
42013 / BACKYARD FUN
42023 / BACKYARD SWINGIN' FUN
42030 / WINDSOR II
42124 / FUN TIME
42126 / FANTASTIC PLAYGROUND
42544 / TRIPLE FUN
42560 / TRIPLE FUN II

Sold by: Walmart, Toys R Us, Academy and at other specialty stores, and online retailers from December 2011 through May 2012 for between $130 and $280.

Manufactured in: United States

Remedy: Consumers should stop using the see saws immediately and contact Troxel to receive a free repair kit.

Consumer Contact: For additional information, contact Troxel at (888) 770-7060 between the hours of 7 a.m. and 6 p.m. CT Monday through Friday or visit the company's website at http://www.regcen.com/flexibleflyer

Note: Health Canada's press release is available at http://cpsr-rspc.hc-sc.gc.ca/PR-RP/recall-retrait-eng.jsp?re_id=1646

To see this recall on CPSC's web site, including pictures of the recalled products, please go to:
http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml12/12220.html


Thursday, July 5, 2012

New Bloggers: Using Your Categories And Labels Sparingly

Below Are Suggestions for the New Bloggers on Using Your Categories And Labels Sparingly

When you are starting a new blog, there are many aspects to consider when running a blog.  The first being, what is your end-goal for this blog?  If you don't have an end-goal, but an immediate goal, I suppose that's OK, but with no end-goal in mind, you will be drifting from one format, or blogging practice to another trying to sort things out.  But this is covered in a million other blogs and doesn't need chatting about at this juncture.

But what I do want to address, as food for thought, is when you create posts, to think about the structure of your categories and your labels.

Categories and labels are almost the cornerstone to your blog posts and how visitors and search engine bots crawl your site.

And the one piece of advice that I came across on the web is something that has lasted with me for quite some time... and that's how you approach the structure of your site using categories and labels.

Categories
If you use Blogger, categories is not something you need concern yourself with because it doesn't provide categories, just labels.  But WordPress does use categories (cats) and the advice I've seen here is to be aggressive in miminizing your cats.

Keeping the barest minimum of categories simplifies setting up the overall structure of a blog and how you can point visitors to categories.  Too many categories and the subject matter gets diffused.

On my other site over at Brusimm.com, I've broken things down to a few cats...

'Consumer,' 'Entertainment,' & 'Sports.'

Under 'Entertainment' are the sub categories of 'TV' and 'Movies.'  Under 'Sports' is 'NASCAR' and 'Running.'
 
These are the primary keywords you'd like your content to be known for or at least categorized within.  Once you categorize your article, you will be able to add 'tags' or 'labels' to the individual articles.

And again, minimizing tags/labels also saves your sanity.

Tags and Labels
I end up calling labels tags, so keep in mind I am meaning the same thing.

Here's a quickie example... say you already have a category (on Wordpress) called autos.  When you write about lugnuts, what kind of label do you want for this article?

Lugnuts might be nice.  But they're a part of your wheels.  Which are a part of the suspension.  Which are a part of the chassis.  Which contributes to handling.

If you look at it, that last paragraph alone suggested 5 labels.  And that's just one idea for an article.  When you've finished writing articles about lugnuts, battery cables, spark plugs, car stereos, and so forth, you can end up with dozens of labels.

I'm sure that seems fine, but in my example, if I look at one blog I run with 1500 posts, if you end up with 3 or 4 labels per post, it will get crazy.  And after your 1500th post, you might have a pickle of a time finding the right label for your newest article on car antennas.

Here's the bottom line to remember... categories and labels help your site visitor navigate.  Give your site visitor 1500 navigation options, and you will probably lose them.  Your visitor won't try to decipher the huge amount of options.  They'll move on.

BUT...

If you write a great article about lugnuts, and it is under either chassis or suspension, and your visitors like your work, they will possibly see your few tags and click on one of them to see what else you've written about.  Or, seeing you only have a few tags, they aren't overwhelmed and might even search your site for more info.

You want to look terse and to the point.  If you have a billion tags, you might look scattered or like an over-achiever.  Or an insecure, new blogger.  And that will chase people away.  It would chase me away.


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So What Do You Do?

Keep in mind, cats and tags are just organizational tools like a filing cabinet. 

Also keep in mind that your post title and your article will use the words lugnuts in them.  So it's redundant to try and cat or tag them.  Search engines will see your title about "Tightening Lugnuts too Tight" and you will probably have some words to that affect in your post.  You don't need to tag them all.  The search engines will know this is about lugnuts.

(OMG... I was just looking at my site and just ripped out labels for "9-yr-old" and "letter."  Yeesh, I definitely didn't know what I was doing when I started this site some years ago!  WTH was I thinking?  I'm seeing labels here that are so stupid...  ah, our younger days!)

It's tough to try and figure things out at first, but I'd start as sparingly as possible with your cats, tags/labels and try to keep your structure simple. 

Look around at some other websites that rank well within your realm of chat.  See what they do.  I don't recommend corporations or the top 10 or 20 sites.  They're embedded within the Google system and supported by a huge user community that almost makes them immune to Google no-nos.  So they can do whatever they want.  I've seen some sites bust SEO rules outright without apparent penalty.  You can't afford that.  So look around and choose wisely.

Me?  I'm not the best example.  I started out pretty haphazard and now I'm spending time with some maintenance work and trying to recover.  That's why I know some things don't work!

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Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Product Recall: Discovery Kids Lamps (Fire and Burn Hazards)

via press release:

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Innovage Recalls Discovery Kids Lamps Due to Fire and Burn Hazards

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with the firm named below, today announced a voluntary recall of the following consumer product. Consumers should stop using recalled products immediately unless otherwise instructed. It is illegal to resell or attempt to resell a recalled consumer product.

Name of Product: Discovery Kids(tm) Animated Marine and Safari Lamps

Units: About 300,000

Importer: Innovage LLC, of Foothill Ranch, Calif.

Hazard: The placement of internal wires near the circuit board can cause electrical short-circuiting and sparking, posing a fire and a burn hazard to consumers.

Incidents/Injuries: Innovage has received 11 reports of short circuiting. This includes three reports of lamps catching fire, which led to property damage. No injuries have been reported.

Description: This recall involves Discovery Kids Animated Marine and Safari Lamps that feature rotating films with marine or safari scenes. The words "Discovery Kids" are printed on the front top-left corner of the product. The recalled products have both an 11-digit batch number that begins with either 584894 or 10128 and a model number of 1628626, 1642433, 1641522, 1641523, 1645729, or 1645853. Batch numbers can be found imprinted in the plastic underneath the lamps and on the bottom of the packaging. Model numbers can be found on stickers placed underneath the lamps and on the bottom of the packaging near the barcode.

Sold at: Bed Bath & Beyond, Bonton, JCPenney, Kohls, Office Max, Toys "R" Us stores nationwide as well as the online retailers Amazon, Ideeli, JCPenney, Kohls, Macy's and Overstock from June 2010 through March 2012 for between $10 and $20.

Manufactured in: China

Remedy: Consumers should immediately stop using the lamps and contact Innovage for instructions on how to obtain a full refund.

Consumer Contact: For additional information contact Innovage toll-free at (888) 232-1535 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. PT Monday through Friday, visit the firm's website at www.innovage.net, www.lamprecall.org or e-mail info@lamprecall.org

To see this recall on CPSC's web site, including pictures of the recalled products, please go to: http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml12/12215.html




Monday, July 2, 2012

Changing/Setting Your Facebook Preferred Email Address

As you may be aware, Facebook changed things up on you last week by setting your default email address on you.  Where you used to get emails in your preferred email account, they've rerouted everything so it goes to your @Facebook.com email address they gave you some time ago.

If you don't like that they've pulled the rug out from under your feet with this setting and want to set it back, try this:

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1. Go to your profile page.
2. On your Timeline, click on the 'Update Info' button. Click that. (You can also click on the About page).
3. On the Contact Info box, click Edit.
4. The first item is 'Emails.'   It's here that you should see your new @facebook.com email address.  Put your mouse cursor over the symbol that looks like a No Smoking sign.
5. Click the down arrow and select "Hidden from Timeline." Here is where you can choose which email address you want to have on your profile. All users need a personal email address to sign up for a Facebook account, so your original email address should still be listed here. Just change the setting next to the email address you want to use for Facebook alerts and messages to "Show on Timeline," or the open circle symbol.
6. Click Save.
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