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Keven Moore: A pressure washer can be a useful tool, but users should be aware of its hazards

A pressure washer is a power tool that sprays water at high pressures to remove loose paint, mold, algae, grime, dust, mud, chewing gum and dirt from surfaces and objects like buildings, fences, masonry, vehicles, concrete or asphalt surfaces such as driveways or patios. Courtesy of the Home Depot website The pressure washer was invented back in the late 1920s, and its use was slow to grow, but today...

Keven Moore: Christmas shopping means toys for the kids, but beware of unsafe gift items

This is the week after Thanksgiving, and if you survived Black Friday with only sleep deprivation and a couple of bruises you should consider yourself lucky. Christmas time is what retailers live for, and toys are always a hot item on most people’s shopping list. According to Toy Association.org, the total toy industry is approximately $27 billion in the U.S. market alone and year-end sales data...

Keven Moore: Playing golf can be hazardous to your health, especially when using a golf cart

According to statisticbrain.com, 9.6 percent of Americans (26 million people) have played 18 holes of golf at least once in the past 12 months. A lot of business is conducted on a golf course, but the industry itself is enormous business. According to a 2015 Forbes magazine article, it is estimated to be a nearly $70 billion industry, supporting two million jobs and $55.6 billion in annual wage income....

National Fire Protection Association offers fire safety tips for those outdoor Independence Day festivities

With the Fourth of July fast approaching and the summer months upon us, indulging in barbecues, holiday parties and swimming often top the list of activities to enjoy during the summer season. To help everyone do so safely, the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) is reminding people about potential summer fire and electrical hazards, and providing tips and recommendations to minimize them. “By...

Keven Moore: When unsecured, televisions and furniture can prove deadly for children

  (From Consumer Product Safety Commission)   On average, an American child will spend 28 hours a week watching television, and according to the American Psychiatric Association, he or she will have seen 16,000 simulated murders and 200,000 acts of violence by the age of 18.   As worrisome as that is, the biggest cause for concern may well be the actual television set itself.   Each...

Be aware of latest product safety measures, recalls when shopping for toys, AG advises

Safety might not be top of mind when shopping for toys this holiday season, but it should be. According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, there were an estimated 265,000 toy-related injuries treated in U.S. hospital emergency rooms in 2012. Of those injured, more than 70 percent were children younger than 15 years of age.   In light of those statistics, Attorney General Jack Conway is...