Sunscreen Lotions That Don’t

Almost two thirds of the hundreds of sunscreen products available to consumers are ineffective or unsafe, or both. And the SPF rating only relates to the effectiveness to block UVB rays that cause sunburn, but its UVA rays which may cause skin damage or skin cancer. Consumer Reports tested 73 lotions, sprays and sticks and discovered that 24 of the products actually protected at half the labeled SPF. Reports of effectiveness vary with the group conducting the testing. Organizations which advocate natural products argue that the best protection is provided by mineral sunscreens which contain titanium oxide or zinc oxide…

Anchor and Protect!

Falling furniture, electronics, and appliances caused at least 363 fatalities in the United States from 2000 through 2012. And more than 4 out of every 5 fatally injured is a child younger than 8 years old. Overall, about 38,000 emergency room visits each year result from instable furniture or electronics. Head injuries and injuries from being crushed under falling electronics or by tipped furniture and appliances, are the most common. To prevent a tip-over tragedy: USE STURDY FURNITURE AND SECURE YOUR TV Televisions should only be placed on furniture designed to hold a television, such as television stands or media…

Funeral Homes Need Greater Scrutiny

Recent reports concerning Hermitage Cremation Provider, a cremation service with no facility located in Colorado but heavily marketed in the state, was labeled “willfully dishonest” by Colorado’s Office of Funeral Home and Crematory Registration, after complaints by two families surfaced. Both believed that the cremation would be performed locally, but in fact Heritage outsources embalming and cremation services to third party establishments out of state. The Office of Funeral Home and Crematory Registration pulled the license of Hermitage Cremation Provider last December, but the company’s website is still online and Google provides a Colorado Springs address. Their website states: Like…

Dogs Are Welcome Just About Everywhere

Do you feel that people now bring their dogs everywhere? According to the American Kennel Club, the Denver International Airport is rated the top dog-friendly national airport, offering private pet restrooms in each concourse and an airport pet resort, “Paradise 4 Paws.” Huffington Post recently wrote an article about 19 major retailers which allow dogs, including Pottery Barn, Nordstrom and Saks. Denver has ten doggie parks, one of which in the Denver Highlands features a full-service bar with craft beers. And you will find service dogs at restaurants, performances and religious services. But there is one place still closed to…

Major Recall of Fire Extinguishers

Kidde, a major manufacturer of smoke alarms and fire safety products, has issued a recall of 134 models of fire extinguishers. The 40 million fire extinguishers recalled are for home, vehicle and recreation use by consumers, some manufactured as long ago as 1973. The recalled models can become clogged or fail to discharge when needed. All the units have plastic handles and buttons which may break or detach under force. The extinguishers may be white, red or silver and were sold nationwide by several retailers, including Amazon. Kidde has received 391 reports of malfunctioning extinguishers, with 16 incidents of injury…

Colorado Large Animals Pose Road Risk

According to an annual deer-vehicle collision study, you have a 1 in 253 chance of hitting a large animal while driving in Colorado. In 2017, State Farm reports, Colorado moved up one position ranking to No. 36 across the nation for where you’re most likely to hit large wildlife. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety reports that in 2015, seven motor vehicle deaths occurred due to vehicle collisions with large animals in Colorado. And we are just entering high season for such collisions. The most common month for collisions is November, followed by October. And CDOT reminds drivers that the…

Smith Ski Helmets Recalled

A good ski helmet is essential when enjoying the slopes, but even when you purchase a high-end name brand you might not be protected. Smith has voluntarily issued a recall for all 2016 and 2017 Smith Quantum ski and snowboard helmets. They were sold in in sizes S, M, L and XL in matte black/charcoal, matte white/charcoal, matte Fire (red) /charcoal, matte Klein Blue (blue), matte olive green, matte Reactor (bright green) /black and matte Thunder gray (gray) color combinations. Consumers should look for Smith Quantum printed on a label inside the helmet along with the manufacturing dates. The buckle…

Help with Legal Fact Checking

In this age of fake news and loose ideas offered as facts, the American Bar Association has taken on the task of offering reliable answers to current legal issues. The new website, ABA Legal Fact Check, is described by the ABA as the first focusing exclusively on legal matters. ABA Legal Fact Check will explore widely disseminated legal assertions. Primary to the task is addressing misrepresentations and misunderstandings about constitutional rights. The website will offer legal discussions and explanations based upon case and statutory law and other legal precedents to clarify common misconceptions. Recent posts include protections for hate speech,…

Don’t Throw Out That Phone, My Friend

Mueller v. Swift should be a guidepost for future litigation involving electronically stored information (ESI). In the new age of electronics, individuals must take every step to be sure all data is being preserved. Just as in keeping a paper trail when wanting to document all conversations, one should be keeping an entire electronic trail as well. Spoliation of evidence will play a key role in this case. This has become a large issue in modern litigation and has garnished attention and concern. Many courts that have already addressed this issue place sanctions on parties when there is failure by…

Your Right to Review

Consumers are rating everything from medical care to margaritas, leaving businesses unhappy when poor reviews pop up online. In March of 2017 a new federal law went into effect, protecting consumers from bullying by companies afraid of posted reviews. The Consumer Review Fairness Act was signed by President Obama following bipartisan support in Congress. According to the Federal Trade Commission: The Consumer Review Fairness Act makes it illegal for companies to include standardized provisions that threaten or penalize people for posting honest reviews. For example, in an online transaction, it would be illegal for a company to include a provision…