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Share Your Thoughts: New Labels to Help ID Safer Products

From the Environmental Protection Agency


Image description: Samples of the newly redesigned Safer Product labels.

Do you look for safer cleaning and household products? Did you know that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has a voluntary program that reviews products and allows them to display its Safer Product Label if they meet EPA’s stringent health and environmental criteria?

The EPA is redesigning its Safer Product Label (formerly, the Design for the Environment label) to give it a more modern look and make it clear that labeled products are safer for health as well as the environment.

Learn more and then share your thoughts on whether the potential new labels get the message across and will help you recognize safer products on store shelves. Input is welcomed now through the end of October.

Find out with this new tool. Just enter your VIN number and you’ll see recall information as far back as 15 years.

You know your kids are online, so talk to them about the risks and how their activity can impact them later:

Squeezing in a last minute end of summer vacation? it never hurts to refresh your memory of travel safety tips.

Beware Flash Flood Dangers

Flash floods occur in all 50 states, including Alaska and Hawaii. And unfortunately, many homeowners do not find out until it’s too late that their policies do not cover flooding. Because of this, it’s important to take proper precautions to protect yourself, family, and home should flooding occur.

  • Almost half of flash flood fatalities occur in vehicles. It doesn’t take much water (about 2 feet) to wash cars and SUVs off the road. When you approach a flooded road, TURN AROUND.

  • Flash floods are increasingly likely around streams. When hunting, boating, fishing or camping be aware of your proximity to the water. During a storm a 6-inch deep creek can become a 10-foot deep river in less than an hour. Immediately head to higher ground when the weather shows signs of a storm.

  • High risk locations include: low water crossings, recent burn areas, and urban areas (where pavement collects run off). Be aware of your surroundings, and their risk.

  • Listen to NOAA radio, or check  their website for warnings and advisories for flooding. Use their AHPS map to see where flooded spots are, and avoid traveling in those places.

  • Develop a family evacuation plan, so everyone knows where they should go should your home be in danger of flooding. Determine a meeting spot and communication system to be used if not all family members are together.