Last week it was a pet food scare that had pet owners worrying for the best friends. Monday, the Washington Post reported that food contaminate with Aminopterin, or rat poison, might have resulted in at least 15 cats and one dog death. Last month, frantic parents filled the emergency rooms and clogged phone lines to their pediatricians when they suspected that their children’s peanut butter was contaminated with salmonella. These cases are just a couple of the most recent ones and those most publicized, but recalls happen on a daily basis. Are you aware of all these recalls? Are you sure you’re safe?
Would you be willing to make a few clicks of your mouse, if it meant that you and your family could be safer? Well that’s what the Consumer Product Safety Commission is hoping. They recently launched a “Drive to 1 Million” campaign in homes of getting consumers to visit their website to sign up for email notices on recalled information.
“It is vital for consumers to check their own homes for hazardous products that have been recalled,” Acting Chairman Nancy Nord said. “Consumers can literally save lives with the click of their computer mouse.”
This service covers recalls for not only food, but children’s products (toys, clothes), household products, electronics, outdoor products and power tools. The CPSC is also suggesting that consumers be on the look out for hazardous recalled products when doing spring cleaning of closets, garages and other storage areas.
I, personally, have found this service to a valuable. Last year my twins got a present from a well meaning family member that was on the recall list (why it was still being sold in stores is questionable). But the list told me what to look for (model, type, etc.) to determine if the product was truly recalled and how to contact the company for a replacement part. It was a fairly painless process, but had I not got the recall email I might have spent a night in the emergency room.
I’ve signed up for this service, have you?