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Friday, August 31, 2007

Rochester City School Board Candidates Night

Rochester City School Board Candidates Night
Sunday, September 9th, at 7:00 PM
First Unitarian Church,
220 S. Winton Rd, Rochester, 14610

The Social Justice Council of First Unitarian Church is sponsoring a candidate's night on Sunday, September 9th, at 7:00PM. 

All candidates who qualify for the city school board ballot are invited.
Peter Iglinski of WXXI will moderate. 

After their brief presentations, you can ask questions of the candidates about their views on the future of our city's schools. Be an informed voter!

Free and open to the public

Call for more information at 585-224-0319

Wednesday, August 8, 2007

CPSC Releases the “Top Five Hidden Home Hazards”

NEWS from CPSC U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission
Office of Information and Public Affairs

washington, DC 20207


August 1, 2007
Release #07-256

CPSC Hotline: (800) 638-277

CPSC Media Contact: (301) 504-7800

CPSC Releases the “Top Five Hidden Home Hazards”
Safety Agency Places Popular Magnetic Toys on the List of Deadly Dangers

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Whether it is an apartment, duplex or single-family residence, the home is a place that is supposed to give families a feeling of safety and security. For many Americans families however, an injury or death of a loved one can turn this place of happiness into one of tragedy.

Each year, 33.1 million people are injured by consumer products in the home. Some hazards are from products the Agency has warned about for years; others come from new products and technologies. To keep Americans informed of dangers, the CPSC has identified the Top Five Hidden Home Hazards – associated with products that people may be using everyday, but are unaware of the dangers that they can cause. These home hazards are often unseen or unnoticed by consumers.

“The home is where people feel comfortable and secure, but constant awareness is the key to keeping families safe,” said Acting Chairman Nancy Nord. “CPSC is aiming to increase awareness of the hidden hazards around the home in order to help consumers protect against these dangers.”

With no or very little investment, incidents and injuries from these dangers are preventable. Simply by being aware of these Top Five Hidden Home Hazards, many lives can be spared and life-altering injuries avoided:


Since 2005:
1 Death, 86 Injuries;
8 million magnetic toys recalled.
Today’s rare-earth magnets can be very small and powerful making them popular in toys, building sets, and jewelry. As the number of products with magnets has increased, so has the number of serious injuries to children. In several hundred incidents, magnets have fallen out of various toys and been swallowed by children. Small intact pieces of building sets that contain magnets have also been swallowed by children. If two or more magnets, or a magnet and another metal object are swallowed separately, they can attract to one another through intestinal walls and get trapped in place. The injury is hard to diagnose. Parents and physicians may think that the materials will pass through the child without consequence, but magnets can attract in the body and twist or pinch the intestines, causing holes, blockages, infection, and death, if not treated properly and promptly.

tipWatch carefully for loose magnets and magnetic pieces and keep away from younger children (less than 6). If you have a recalled product with magnets, stop using it, call the company today, and ask for the remedy.
Recalled Products

Each year there about 400 recalls.
CPSC is very effective at getting dangerous products off store shelves, such as recalled toys, clothing, children’s jewelry, tools, appliances, electronics and electrical products. But once a product gets into the home, the consumer has to be on the lookout. Consumers need to be aware of the latest safety recalls to keep dangerous recalled products away from family members.

tipGet dangerous products out of the home. Join CPSC’s “Drive To One Million” campaign and sign up for free e-mail notifications at www.cpsc.gov/cpsclist.aspx - an e-mail from CPSC is not spam – it could save a life.

Average of 22 deaths per year;
31 in 2006 and an estimated 3,000 injuries.
Furniture, TVs and ranges can tip over and crush young children. Deaths and injuries occur when children climb onto, fall against or pull themselves up on television stands, shelves, bookcases, dressers, desks, andchests. TVs placed on top of furniture can tip over causing head trauma and other injuries. Items left on top of the TV, furniture, and countertops, such as toys, remote controls and treats might tempt kids to climb.

tipVerify that furniture is stable on its own. For added security, anchor to the floor or attach to a wall. Free standing ranges and stoves should be installed with anti-tip brackets.
Windows & Coverings

Average of 12 deaths annually from window cords;
Average of 9 deaths and an estimated 3,700 injuries to children annually from window falls.
Children can strangle on window drapery and blind cords that can form a loop. Parents should use cordless blinds or keep cords and chains permanently out of the reach of children. Consumers should cut looped cords and install a safety tassel at the end of each pull cord or use a tie-down device, and install inner cord stays to prevent strangulation. Never place a child’s crib or playpen within reach of a window blind.

The dangers of windows don’t end with window coverings and pull cords. Kids love to play around windows. Unfortunately, kids can be injured or die when they fall out of windows. Do not rely on window screens. Window screens are designed to keep bugs out, not to keep kids in.

tipSafeguard your windows: repair pull cords ending in loops and install window guards or stops today.

Pool & Spa Drains

15 injuries, 2 fatalities from 2002-2004.
The suction from a pool drain can be so powerful that it can hold an adult under water, but most incidents involve children. The body can become sealed against the drain or hair can be pulled in and tangled. Missing or broken drain covers are a major reason many entrapment incidents occur. Pool and spa owners can consider installing a Safety Vacuum Release System (SVRS), which detects when a drain is blocked and automatically shuts off the pool pump or interrupts the water circulation to prevent an entrapment.

tipEvery time you use a pool or spa, inspect it for entrapment hazards. Check to make sure appropriate drain covers are in place and undamaged.

To learn more about these and other home hazards, and to sign up for recall information, visit our Web site at http://www.cpsc.gov.


Tuesday, August 7, 2007


Hi, All you fun-loving LONA people!

I found some cool kid-friendly websites that my daughter and I like to check out, and I thought you might like some of them too! Enjoy! ~ Pam :Þ

(You might need to copy and paste these web addresses to get to the sites.)











Check out Kidd Safety

Kidd Safety Introduction 









Click here: Kidd Safety

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Neat new website for teaching safety tips to kids!

Recalled: Nearly 1 million Fisher-Price toys

Recalled: Nearly 1 million Fisher-Price toys
THURSDAY, August 2 (BabyCenter News) — Fisher-Price, owned by toy company Mattel, has announced a recall of nearly 1 million Sesame Street, Dora, Diego, and other children's toys in cooperation with the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC).

Surface paints on the recalled products contain lead, which is toxic if ingested by young children and can cause serious health effects. The recall comes on the heels of an identical problem with 1.5 million Thomas the Tank Engine toys announced in June. Those, too, were decorated with paints found to contain lead.

The recalled Fisher-Price toys were manufactured between April 19, 2007, and July 6, 2007. All are marked with the name "Fisher-Price" and some are marked with a date code between 109-7LF and 187-7LF (on the toy itself or its packaging). The toys were sold alone or as part of sets, and include such well-known characters as Elmo, Cookie Monster, Dora, and Diego. The model names and product numbers are listed below.

The recalled toys were sold at retail stores nationwide from May 2007 through August 2007 for between $5 and $40 apiece. They were made in China.

Recalled toys
M0527 Sesame Street Giggle Doodler
L3488 Sesame Street Birthday Figure Pack
L3507 Sesame Street - Super Boom Box
J6537 Sesame Street Giggle Toolbelt
J7983 Sesame Street Tub Pots & Pans
J9518 Sesame Street Giggle Drill
39054 Sesame Street Shape Sorter

33662 Elmo Light Up Musical Pal
39038 Elmo Tub Sub
87946 Elmo Keyboard
90609 Elmo Collectible
B7554 Count To Beat Elmo
B7987 Elmo In The Giggle Box
G5112 Sing With Elmo's Greatest Hits
H2943 Grow With Me Elmo Sprinkler
H5570 Elmo & Pals(Elmo, Zoe, Bigbird)
93068 Elmo Boom Box
93307 Press N Go Elmo
34658 Elmo Stacking Rings
93493 Elmo's Guitar
B7989 Silly Parts Talking Elmo
H5569Elmo & Pals (Elmo, Cookie, Ernie)
J5935 Giggle Grabber Soccer Elmo
L3215 Sesame Street Elmo Jack-In-The-Box

93308 Rev & Go Cookie Monster
90611 Cookie Collectible
J5936 Giggle Grabber Chef Cookie Monster
93492 Cookie Saxophone

H9186 Giggle Grabber Ernie
33663 Ernie Light Up Musical Pal
90267 Ernie Splashin' Fun Trike
90613 Ernie Collectible

90614 Big Bird Collectible
33664 Big Bird Light Up Musical Pal

H9188 Giggle Grabber Oscar The Grouch

90612 Zoe Collectible

L0305 Dora Figure
L5202 Birthday Dora
H3344 Birthday Dora
H9124 Chef Dora
H9125 Bedtime Dora
B9620 Dora's Talking House
M0732 Dora's Talking House
G3825 Dora Talking Vamonos Van
J9692 Dora's Talking Pony Place
C6908 Dora, Backpack, Perrito Figure Pack
M0352 Dora Figures Diego & Bear
M0351 Dora Figures Dora & Kitty
K3580 Fairytale Adventure Dora
H4187 Dora Figures In Tube
H8236 Dora 3 Pack Figures In Tube

C6909 Diego Figure Pack
J6765 Prince Diego
J0344 Go Diego Go Deep Sea Rescue
J0346 Go Diego Go Talking Rescue 4 X 4
J0343 Go Diego Go Antarctic Rescue
J0345 Go Diego Go Mountain Rescue
K3571 Go Diego Go Mobile Rescue Unit
K4139 Go Diego Go Dinosaur Rescue
M0524 Go Diego Go Talking Gadget
L5813 Diego Tub Trike
J0338 Diego Talking Field Journal
K3414 Diego - Talking Gadget Belt
L3194 Surprise Inside Diego Eggs

90745 Construction Playset
93107 Action Fire Engine
93615 Splash Tub Puzzle
93780 Music And Lights Phone
B7888 Shake, Giggle & Roll
C6910 Swiper Figure Pack
C6911 Boots, Tico Figure Pack
G9717 Giggle Doodler
H3343 Cousin Daisy
H4628 Water Fun Tote
H8237 Blue 3 Pack Figures In Tube
H8238 Sponge Bob 3 Pack Figures In Tube
J6762 Queen Mami
J6763 Royal Boots And Tico
K0617 Twins Nursery
K4140 Toucan Motorcycle Rescue
L8905 Pablo & Pals
M2051 Lets Go Rescue Center
M2052 Fairytale Castle

What you can do

• Take the recalled toys away from your child immediately and contact Fisher-Price to return them and get vouchers for free replacement products. You can call Fisher-Price toll-free at (800) 916-4498 anytime or visit the company's website.

• See photos of some of the recalled toys on the CPSC's website.

• Discuss this recall with other parents on our news board.

• Make sure none of the children's products in your household are dangerous by checking our recall finder.

-- Jenny Des Jarlais, BabyCenter News

Copyright © 1997-2007 BabyCenter.

Monday, August 6, 2007

Payless ShoeSource Expands Recall of Children’s Clog Shoes Due to Choking Hazard

U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission
Office of Information and Public Affairs Washington, DC 20207
July 17, 2007
Release #07-236

Firm’s Recall Hotline: (800) 654-0697
CPSC Recall Hotline: (800) 638-2772
CPSC Media Contact: (301) 504-7908

Payless ShoeSource Expands Recall of Children’s Clog Shoes Due to Choking HazardWASHINGTON, 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.

Name of Product: Toddler Clog Shoes

Units: About 270,000 (about 690,000 clogs were recalled on May 2, 2007)

Manufacturer: Payless ShoeSource, Inc., of Topeka, Kan.

Hazard: Plastic rivets used to attach the strap to the shoe can detach, posing a choking hazard to young children.

Incidents/Injuries: No injuries or incidents have been reported.

Description: This recall involves the following character-themed clog styles: Dora the Explorer, Spongebob Squarepants, Hello Kitty, Coasters® Lighted Car Compel, and Cambridge Mary-Jane. The shoes were sold in toddler sizes 5 through 10. The flexible shoes have air ventilation holes on the top and/or side, and plastic rivets attached to the strap. Shoe sizes are printed on the sole of the shoe. No other sizes, styles or models are included in the recall.

Sold at: Payless ShoeSource stores nationwide and Payless.com from January 2006 through June 2007 for between $15 and $20.

Manufactured in: China

Remedy: Consumers should take the shoes away from young children immediately and return them to the store where purchased for a refund or exchange.

Consumer Contact: For additional information, call Payless at (800) 654-0697 between 7:30 a.m. and 7 p.m. CT Monday through Saturday, 9:30 a.m. and 6 p.m. Sunday. Consumers can also visit the firm’s Web site at www.payless.com

Picture of Recalled Toddler Clog Shoes