Daily Archives: June 20, 2012

‘THINK on THESE THINGS’ for June 20

By Joyce Sequichie Hifler

At those times when we have planned for something and have our hearts set on our affairs going in a certain direction but they fail to materialize, we are disappointed. If we have any faith at all, we must remember that one door never closes but another opens. That which once seemed the right thing to plan for may not hold all the things that would be for our good in the long run. It may have been right in the beginning, but as time passes and other events come into being, a change may be necessary for the benefit of the over-all picture.

Sometimes we fix our attention so rigidly on one thing, one part of life, one person, that a change throws us into a state of extreme disappointment. But disappointment, like all of the emotions, can serve to strengthen rather than take away. The attitude with which we face life can determine its outcome.

We can look with woeful eyes on the negative mental attitude and wallow in self-pity, or we can flip the mind to the upper side and let the positive mental attitude bring to us the strength and peace we need.

Disappointment is something no one has escaped. The many plans we make sometimes fade like mist in the sunlight. A cherished dream may take another shape and to lose that vision can throw a dim view on all of life. Because one tiny part could not be fulfilled, we are so tempted to let all of the rest go with it.

But if only we could wait a bit. So often we then come to realize the reason for our change in plans.

Sometimes disappointment is the very thing that keeps us mounting the steps upward, keeps us stretching our minds to understand. And it may test our spirits. For if disappointment can make a spirit bitter, the joy of accomplishment would have soon soured.

There is no joy in a disappointment, but it may be the thing to save us from a life of mediocrity.

English novelist Edward George Bulwer-Lytton wrote, “Man must be disappointed with the lesser things in life before he can accomplish the full value of the greater.”

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Elder’s Meditation of the Day June 20

“But in the Indian Spirit the land is still vested; it will be until other men are able to divine and meet its rhythm. Men must be born and reborn to belong. Their bodies must be formed of the dust of their forefathers’ bones.”

–Luther Standing Bear, OGLALA SIOUX

It is said when we walk on the Earth, we are walking on our ancestors and our unborn children. This is the relationship Native People have with the Earth. It is this relationship which gives insight into the Earth’s rhythm and heartbeat and creates the feeling of belonging. If you feel you belong to something, you’ll treat it with respect. If you feel you are above something, you’ll treat it with disrespect. Indian Spirituality is tied to the Earth. We belong to the Earth along with all other creatures on the Earth. We must align to this realization.

Great Spirit, today, teach me to respect the Earth Mother.

 

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June 20 – Daily Feast

 

Everything is fresh and new on a June morning. Someone performed a miracle while we slept. The air was cleaned to crystal clarity, the rising sun glistens on every leaf and blade of grass. The hills are new green from spring rains and the horses that graze there are sleek and shiny. Such rewards, such a as s dv, are for the early riser, the one who greets the day with thanksgiving and praise. Regardless of how many tagalongs from yesterday threaten, they cannot break the spell of the beauty at hand. Another opportunity, another splendid day that is so oblivious to the schemes of man. To go with it, to rise with the morning mist, is to know the freedom and restoration in the soul of the American Indian.

~ To the Indian, words that are true sink deep into his heart where they remain; he never forgets them. ~

FOUR GUNS

‘A Cherokee Feast of Days’, by Joyce Sequichie Hifler

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Daily Motivator for June 20 – Out of your rut

You don’t have to continue doing things the way you’ve always done them.  Today is a new day, filled with new possibilities, so remember to treat it as  such.

You don’t have to be held prisoner by your old, familiar habits and  assumptions. There’s a whole world of goodness and abundance beyond what you  already know, so get out there and experience some of it.

Does it seem like you’ve run out of energy and enthusiasm? Maybe you’re just  tired of the same old things.

Does it feel like you’re stuck? If you’re just living on autopilot, then you  are indeed stuck.

Take the helm of your life and steer it in some new, exciting, fulfilling and  energizing directions. Discover again and again how adaptable and interesting  and joyful you can be.

The world is a never-ending source of beauty and wonder. Climb up out of your  self-imposed rut and live the richness.

— Ralph Marston

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Allowing Our Light to Shine

Removing Obstructions

by Madisyn Taylor

When we remove obstructions in our path our light can more easily come forth.

 

There are times when we may not feel at our best and brightest. At those times we can take a look at what we might do to let our inner light shine to the fullest. Because we are physical, mental and spiritual beings, we need to determine where our spiritual light is being filtered or blocked. We can work from the outside inward, knowing that we are the only ones with the power to dim our lights, and as we clear away the layers we can get out of our own way to feel the warmth of our own light shining again.

As vehicles for our mind and spirit, our bodies require proper maintenance. Caring for ourselves is like polishing–helping to clear away the accumulation of physical debris that keeps us from operating at our fullest capacity. A simple shift in our thoughts can positively affect our mental state, moving from complaints to gratitude and applying the powerful light of love to any shadowy thoughts. A change of scenery can allow us to see the world in new ways too.

Once we are free of our restrictions, we can become still and connect to the power at the center of our being. It is always there for us, but when we forget to connect, or siphon our power in too many directions, we cannot make the most of our energy. Starting from the inside out may direct us to take the right steps for our journeys back to the light, but sometimes it can be difficult to find the stillness if our bodies and minds are in the way. As we practice steps to keep our energy flowing freely and without obstruction, we shine our light brightly, illuminating our own paths and making the world around us glow as well.

 

Daily OM 

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8 Products That Threaten Summer Safety

by Ann Pietrangelo

The arrival of summer means more outdoor activities for the whole family. As  backyard play equipment, grills, and lawn care tools come out, it’s a good time  to give them a safety check. The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CSPC) urges  consumers to stop using products that have been recalled due to safety  concerns.

Here are some recently recalled summertime products that you may have around  your home:

 

 

1. Playsafe Dartmouth Swing Set: About 5,500 units were  manufactured in China and imported by Pacific Cycle Inc., of Madison, Wis.

Hazard: The sling-style swing seats can crack or split  prematurely, posing a fall hazard to consumers.

Incidents/Injuries: Pacific Cycle has received five reports  of the sling-style swing seats breaking during use, including reports of minor  injuries involving bruises and scrapes.

Description: This recall involves Playsafe’s Dartmouth Swing  Set, model number 22-PS340, with date codes FSD0115AA and FSD0315AA. The model  number and date code can be found in the owner’s manual. The swing set has six  metal legs and includes two swings with yellow plastic sling-style seats, a  yellow plastic sliding board, a two-person glider with yellow plastic seats,  yellow plastic trapeze hanging rings and a four-person lawn swing with yellow  plastic seats and footboard.

Sold exclusively at: Toys R Us stores nationwide from  January 2011 through May 2011 for about $270.

Remedy: Consumers should immediately stop using the  sling-style swing seats, remove the seats from the swing set and contact Pacific  Cycle to obtain free replacement seats. For additional information, contact  Pacific Cycle toll-free at (877) 564-2261 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. CT, Monday  through Friday, or visit the firm’s website at http://www.pacific-cycle.com or email  customerservice@pacific-cycle.com.

2. Disney Fairies Plastic Racing Trikes: About 12,000 units  were manufactured in China by Kiddieland Toys Limited, of Scituate, Mass. Note:  Disney licensed their brand name to Kiddieland. (9,000 Disney Princess Trikes  were recalled in April 2011 — new model Princess Trikes do not have figurines  and are not included in the recall.)

Hazard: The plastic fairy figures protrude from the top of  the handle bar posing a laceration hazard if a child falls on them.

Incidents/Injuries: CPSC and Kiddieland have received one  report of a 3-year-old girl from Ohio who suffered a facial laceration near her  right eye.

Description: This recall involves the Disney-branded Fairies  Plastic Racing Trike. The trike is green and purple with a white seat and yellow  wheels. On top of the handlebar, there is a Tinkerbell figure and three other  rotating fairy figures. “Disney Fairies” is printed on the label in front of the  trike just below the handlebar.

Sold exclusively at: Target stores nationwide from July 2009  through December 2009 for about $50.

Remedy: Consumers should immediately take the trikes away  from children and contact Kiddieland for a free replacement handlebar with an  enclosed rotating display. For additional information, contact Kiddieland at  (800) 430-5307 anytime, or visit the firm’s website at  http://www.kiddieland.com.hk.

3. Slalom Glider: About 900 units were manufactured in the  United States by Landscape Structures Inc., of Delano, Minn.

Hazard: The Slalom Glider is a playground slide that lacks a  transition platform on the top and sides on the chute. Children can fall when  moving from the ladder to the slide and when descending the chute.

Incidents/Injuries: CPSC and the firm have received 16  reports of injuries to children under 8-years old, including one bruised arm, 14  fractures to arms and legs, one fractured collar bone and one bruised  spleen.

Description: The Slalom Glider is a distinctive 6-foot high  playground slide that is curved in shape and made from molded plastic. It  includes an arched, tubular steel access ladder. The recalled product comes as a  stand-alone slide or as an attachment to other playground equipment. The  recalled products have model numbers 156456 and 172627 and were sold in  combinations of colors, including red, blue, tan, green, granite and white.

Sold: To schools and other facilities with playground  equipment nationwide between January 2006 and December 2011 for about $2300.

Remedy: Consumers should immediately stop children from  using the recalled gliders and owners will be contacted by Landscape Structures  regarding removal instructions. Customers will be given the option of replacing  the Slalom Glider with another piece of playground equipment, receiving a  refund, or receiving credit towards a future purchase. For additional  information, contact Landscape Structures toll-free at (888) 438-6574 Monday  through Friday between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. CT, or visit the firm’s website at  http://www.playlsi.com.

4. Swimwear Set With Inflatable Inner Tube: Manufactured in  China and imported by Build-A-Bear Workshop® of St. Louis,  about 19,720 units were sold in the United States and about  1,100 were sold in Canada.

Hazard: The inner tube accessory can be pulled over a small  child’s head, posing a strangulation hazard.

Incidents/Injuries: Build-A-Bear received one report of an  incident in which a 3-year-old girl pulled the inner tube over her head and had  difficulty removing it.

Description: The inner tube is part of the three-piece Fruit  Tutu Bikini swimwear set for teddy bears, which includes a two-piece fruit-print  bikini. The inner tube is 9 inches in diameter and pink with white and yellow  flowers printed on it. The model number of the swimwear set is 017220 and is  located on the price sticker on the “Build-A-Bear” cardboard tag.

Sold at: Build-A-Bear Workshop® stores nationwide and online  at http://www.buildabear.com from April 2011 to August 2011 for $12.50.

Remedy: Consumers should immediately stop using the inner  tube and return it to any Build-A-Bear Workshop® store to receive a $5 store  coupon. If it is not possible to return the inner tube to a store, consumers may  contact the company for information about how to receive a refund. For  additional information, contact Build-A-Bear Workshop® toll-free at (866)  236-5683 between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m. CT Monday through Friday or between 9 a.m.  and 4 p.m. CT Saturday, or visit the company’s website at  http://www.buildabear.com.

5. O-Grill Portable Gas Grills: About 4,530 units were  manufactured by Uni-O (Xiamen) Industries Corporation of Xiamen, China.

Hazard: The regulator on the grill can leak gas which can  ignite, posing a fire and burn hazard to consumers.

Incidents/Injuries: Uni-O has received 10 reports of grills  catching fire. No injuries or property damage have been reported.

Description: This recall involves Iroda O-Grill models 1000  and 3000 produced before 2010. Some were also sold under the Tailgate Gear  brand. Both models are lightweight, portable, clamshell-type propane grills with  steel bodies, cast iron cooking surfaces, retractable legs and a handle. They  can be used with either 1-pound propane cylinders or 20-pound propane tanks. The  grills come in orange, red, green, blue, silver and black and have the words  “O-Grill” stamped on the metal grill cover. Recalled O-Grills do not have  ventilation slots in the regulator cover where the propane bottle screws in.  Grills with ventilation slots in the regulator cover are not subject to the  recall.

Sold by: LL Bean, Stoneman, BBQG, Walgreens, REI, Dillards  and Dick’s Sporting Goods nationwide from November 2008 through December 2010.  The O-Grill 1000 sold for $149 and the O-Grill 3000 sold for $189.

Remedy: Consumers should immediately stop using the grills  and contact Uni-O to receive a free replacement grill. For additional  information, contact the firm toll-free at (888) 847-8968 between 7 a.m. and 6  p.m. CT Monday through Friday, or visit the firm’s website at  http://www.regcen.com/OGRILL.

6. Westinghouse Ceiling Fans: About 7,000 units were  manufactured in China and imported by Westinghouse Lighting Corp., of  Philadelphia, Pa.

Hazard: The two 60-watt light bulbs included with the  ceiling fans exceed the fan’s maximum wattage, which can cause the ceiling fans  to overheat or fail. This poses fire and shock hazards to consumers.

Incidents/Injuries: None reported

Description: Westinghouse Lighting ceiling fans with 24, 30 and 42-inch  diameter blades are included in this recall. “Westinghouse” is printed on the  fan’s ceiling canopy. The item number is printed on the fan’s motor housing:  #72243 / #78631 / #72245 / #78763 / #78764

Sold in: home improvement stores, hardware stores, home  centers, and electrical product suppliers nationwide and online at  http://www.amazon.com, from January 2011  through January 2012, priced between $135 and $150.

Remedy: Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled  ceiling fans and contact Westinghouse Lighting for two free replacement 40-watt  light bulbs. For additional information, contact Westinghouse Lighting toll-free  at (888) 417-6222 between 8:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday, or  visit the firm’s website at http://www.westinghouselighting.com.

7. American Honda Grass Trimmers: The product was  manufactured in the United States and distributed by American Honda Motor  Company, of Torrance, Calif. About 14,000 units were sold in the United States  and 3,600 were sold in Canada.

Hazard: The shaft can crack and cause the lower gear case  and cutting attachment to detach, posing a laceration hazard to the operator and  bystanders.

Incidents/Injuries: Honda is aware of 11 incidents of broken  or cracked shafts. No injuries have been reported.

Description: The recalled grass trimmer is made by Honda and  has the model number HHT35SUKAT. The trimmer is gas-powered and has a red engine  housing with the word “Honda” on the top front and a bicycle handlebar-style  grip. A label on the shaft includes the words “Honda” and “HHT35S.” Recalled  trimmers are in the serial number range HAHA-1000001 to HAHA-1017345. The serial  number is located on the top side of the shaft below the handlebars.

Sold at: Honda Power Equipment dealers nationwide and online  from May 2006 to February 2012 for between $420 and $430.

Remedy: Consumers should immediately stop using these  trimmers and contact the nearest Honda Power Equipment dealer to schedule a free  inspection and repair.For more information, contact American Honda toll-free at  (888) 888-3139 between 8:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday or visit  the American Honda’s website at http://powerequipment.honda.com.

8. Pourable Gel Fuel: About 2.5 million bottles of various  brands have been recalled. The pourable gel fuel can ignite unexpectedly and  splatter onto people and objects nearby when it is poured into a firepot that is  still burning. This hazard can occur if the consumer does not see the flame or  is not aware that the firepot is still ignited. Gel fuel that splatters and  ignites can pose fire and burn risks to consumers that can be fatal.

Name of Product: Pourable  NAPAfire and FIREGEL Gel Fuel bottles and jugs

Distributor: Napa Home &  Garden, of Duluth, Ga.

Incidents/Injuries: Napa is  aware of 37 reports of incidents, including 23 burn injuries to consumers.

Description: The product is a  clear, pourable gel fuel packaged in clear one-quart plastic bottles and  one-gallon plastic jugs and sold in non-scented and citronella scents. The fuel  is poured into a stainless steel cup in the center of firepots or other  decorative lighting devices and ignited.

Sold at: Bed Bath & Beyond,  Shopko, Restoration Hardware, specialty and gift shops, furniture stores, and  home and garden stores nationwide, as well as through Amazon.com, home and  garden catalogs, and home decorators and landscape architects between December  2009 and June 2011 for between $5 and $78.

Remedy: Consumers should  immediately stop using the pourable gel fuel in firepots and return all bottles  or jugs to the retailer where the consumer purchased the fuel for a full refund.  Consumers can also contact their local hazardous waste facility for instruction  on how to dispose of the fuel.

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Name of Product: Bond Firebowl  Pourable Gel Fuel Bottle and Jugs

Manufacturer/Distributor: Bond  Manufacturing Co., of Antioch, Calif. Manufactured in China.

Incidents/Injuries: None

Description: This recall  involves pourable gel fuel packaged in 32-ounce and 64-ounce plastic bottles and  one-gallon plastic jugs and sold with or without citronella oil. The label on  the containers says “Firebowl Gel Fuel” or “Firebowl Gel”. The brand name “Bond”  is on some versions of the label. The fuel is poured into a stainless steel cup  in the center of ceramic firepots or other decorative lighting devices and  ignited. This recall also includes a ceramic fire pot set of two bowls. The box  says “2 pack Tabletop Gel Firebowls.” The following products are included: Item  #66140 / #66201 / #66141 / #66202 / #66146.

Sold at: Gordmans, Homeclick,  SaveMart Supermarkets, Big R Stores, Hy-Vee and various hardware, garden and  online stores nationwide from September 2010 until September 2011 for between $5  and $20.

Remedy: Consumers should  immediately stop using the pourable gel fuel in firepots and return all bottles  or jugs to the company for a full refund. For additional information, contact  Bond Manufacturing toll-free at (866) 771-2663 between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. PT  Monday through Friday or visit the company’s website at http://www.bondmfg.com.

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Name of Product: OZOfire™  Pourable Gel Fuel (Formula 4) and SUREFIRE™ Pourable Gel Fuel (Formula 4)  Bottles

Manufacturer/Distributor: Fuel  Barons Inc., of Stateline, Nev. Manufactured in the United States.

Incidents/Injuries: Fuel Barons  has received one report of an incident where a man sustained second-degree burns  to his hand and wrist.

Description: The recall involves  pourable gel fuels packaged in one-quart and one-gallon plastic bottles and  plastic jugs and sold with or without citronella. The label on the container  says “OZOfire™” or “SUREFIRE™,” “Formula 4” and “Pure Bio-Ethanol Fuel Pourable  Gel.” The fuel is poured into a stainless steel cup in the center of ceramic  firepots or other decorative lighting devices and ignited. The following  products are affected by this recall: 1 qt OZOfire™ F4 Pourable Gel Fuel / 1 qt  SUREFIRE™ S4 Pourable Gel Fuel / 1 gal OZOfire™ F4 Pourable Gel Fuel.

Sold: Online at Windflame.com as  well as other online retailers from January 2010 until August 2011 for between  $8.50 and $22.

Remedy: Consumers should  immediately stop using the pourable gel fuel in firepots and call the toll free  hotline for instructions on how to receive a full refund. For additional  information, contact Fuel Barons toll-free at (877) 469-6347 between 9 a.m. and  6 p.m. ET Monday through Friday or visit the company’s website at  http://www.fuelbarons.com.

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Name of Product: Real Flame  Pourable Gel Fuel Bottles

Distributor: Real Flame, of  Racine, Wis. Manufactured in the United States.

Incidents/Injuries: None  reported

Description: This recall  involves pourable gel fuels sold in 29.9-ounce and 29.98-ounce, one-quart clear  plastic bottles and sold with or without citronella oil. The label on the  container has a stylized flame and the words “Real Flame” and “Pourable Gel  Fireplace Fuel.” The fuel is poured into a stainless steel cup in the center of  ceramic firepots or other decorative lighting devices and ignited. The following  products are affected by this recall: model #2164 – SKU 752-370012641 / model  #2164 – SKU 752-370012641 / model #2165 – SKU 752-370021658.

Sold at: Target.com, Meijer.com,  JCPenney.com, Sears.com, Amazon.com and Realflame.com from January 2009 through  August 2011 for between $10 and $13.

Remedy: Consumers should  immediately stop using the pourable gel fuel and return the gel fuel to the firm  for a full refund. For additional information, contact Real Flame toll-free at  (866) 918-8766 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday, visit the  firm’s website at http://www.realflamerecall.com or write to the firm at Real Flame,  7800 Northwestern Ave., Racine, Wis. 53406.

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Name of Product: Smart Jel Gel  Fuel bottles

Manufacturer/Distributor: Smart  Solar Inc., of Oldsmar, Fla. Manufactured in the United States.

Incidents/Injuries: None  reported

Description: This recall  involves pourable gel fuels packaged in 30-ounce plastic bottles and sold with  or without citronella. The label on the container says “Smart Garden” and  “SmartJel.” The fuel is poured into a metal cup in the center of ceramic  firepots or other decorative lighting devices and ignited. The following  products included in this recall: Model-SKU #SJ3200 / Model-SKU #SJ3201.

Sold at: Online and selected  specialty stores from January 2011 through June 2011 for between $10 and  $20.

Remedy: Consumers should  immediately stop using the pourable gel fuel in firepots and return all bottles  to the company for a full refund. For additional information, contact Smart  Solar at (813) 343-5770 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday or  visit the company’s website at http://www.smartsolar.com.

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Name of Product: OZOfire™  Pourable Gel Fuel (Formula 4) Bottles

Distributor:  Luminosities/Windflame Inc., of St. Paul, Minn. Manufacturer:  Fuel Barons Inc., of Stateline, Nev. Manufactured in the United  States.

Incidents/Injuries:  Luminosities/Windflame has received one report of an incident involving  the gel fuel. No injuries have been reported.

Description: The recall involves  pourable OZOfire™ pourable gel fuel packaged in clear one-quart plastic bottles.  The gel fuel does not have citronella. The label on the container include the  words “OZOfire™,” “Fuel Barons Inc.,” “Formula 4,” and “Pure Bio-Ethanol Fuel  Pourable Gel.” The fuel is poured into a stainless steel cup in the center of  ceramic firepots or other decorative lighting devices and ignited. The following  products are affected by this recall: 1 qt OZOfire™ Pourable Gel Fuel (Formula  4)

Sold at: Online at specialty and  gift shops, furniture stores and home and garden stores and other stores  nationwide, through home and garden catalogs and home decorators and landscape  architects and online including http://www.amazon.com October 2010 through August 2011  for between $4 and $12.

Remedy: Consumers should  immediately stop using the pourable gel fuel in firepots and return all bottles  to the retailer where the consumer purchased the fuel for a full refund. For  additional information, contact Luminosities/Windflame toll-free at (855)  774-2260 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. CT Monday through Friday or visit the firm’s  website at http://www.windflame.com

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Name of Product: Pacific Flame  Pourable Gel Fuel Bottles

Manufacturer/Distributor:  Pacific Décor Ltd., of Woodinville, Wash. Manufactured in the United  States.

Incidents/Injuries: None  reported.

Description: This recall  involves pourable gel fuel packaged in one-quart, white plastic bottles, and  sold with and without citronella. The label on the container says “Pacific  Flame” and “Premium pourable gel fuel.” The fuel is poured into a stainless  steel cup in the center of ceramic firepots or other decorative lighting devices  and ignited. The following products are affected by this recall: Model #160 –  SKU 095583001605 / #170 SKU 095583001704.

Sold at: Online, in specialty  and gift shops, furniture stores and home and garden stores nationwide, through  home and garden.

Remedy: Consumers should  immediately stop using the pourable gel fuel in firepots and return all bottles  to the retailer where the consumer purchased the fuel for a full refund. For  additional information, contact Pacific Décor at (425) 949-7878 between 8 a.m.  and 5 p.m. PT Monday through Friday or visit the firm’s website at  http://www.PacificDecorLtd.com

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Name of Product: TIKI® Brand Gel  Fuel and TIKI® Brand Citronella Gel Fuel bottles and jugs

Distributor: Lamplight Farms  Inc., of Menomonee Falls, Wis. Manufactured in the United States.

Incidents/Injuries: Lamplight  has received one report of an incident in which a consumer poured gel fuel on a  fire pot that was still burning, resulting in burns to a bystander’s arm that  required medical treatment.

Description: This recall  involves pourable gel fuels packaged in one-quart plastic bottles. They are sold  with or without citronella. The fuel is poured into a stainless steel cup in the  center of ceramic fire pots. The label on the container reads “TIKI® GEL FUEL.”  The following products are included in this recall: UPC code #086861094105 /  #086861100455

Sold at: Retail stores  nationwide and online from December 2010 through September 2011 for about  $10.

Remedy: Consumers should  immediately stop using the pourable gel fuel in fire pots and call Lamplight  Farms to arrange for the gel fuel to be returned to Lamplight for a full refund.  For additional information, contact Lamplight Farms toll-free at (866) 671-7988  between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. CT Monday through Friday or visit the company’s  website at http://www.lamplight.com

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Name of Product: Marshall  Gardens PatioGlo Bio-Fuel Gel

Manufacturer/Distributor:  Marshall Group, of Elkhart, Ind. Manufactured in the United States.

Incidents/Injuries: The Marshall  Group has received four reports of incidents, resulting in three injuries with  burns requiring hospitalization.

Description: This recall  involves pourable gel fuels packaged in 32 oz. clear plastic bottles and sold  with or without citronella. The label on the container says “PatioGlo bio-fuel  gel” or “Citronella PatioGlo”. The fuel is poured into a metal cup in the center  of ceramic firepots or other decorative lighting devices and ignited. The  following products are included in this recall: model PG-32 – SKU 845095015023 /  model PGC-32 – SKU 845095015030

Sold at: Gift shops, home and  garden stores, and online stores nationwide from November 2010 until August 2011  for between $7.99 and $11.99.

Remedy: Consumers should  immediately stop using the pourable gel fuel in firepots and return all bottles  to the company for a full refund. For additional information, contact the  Marshall Group at recall@marshallgroupcorp.com or toll-free at 855-270-8482  between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday or visit the company’s  website at http://marshallgroupcorp.com.

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Name of Product: Fireside Gel  Fuel Bottles

Distributor: Evergreen  Enterprises, Richmond, Va. Manufacturer: 2 Burn Inc., of  Milwaukee. Manufactured in the United States.

Incidents/Injuries: Evergreen  Enterprises is not aware of any reports of incidents involving Fireside Gel  Fuel.

Description: This recall  involves pourable gel fuels packaged in 30-ounce plastic bottles and sold with  or without citronella oil. The words “Fireside,” “Gel Fuel,” “Evergreen” and  “Flag & Garden” are on the container labels. The bottles were sold by the  case in quantities of 12. The gel fuel is poured into a stainless steel or  ceramic cup in the center of ceramic or glass firepots or other decorative  lighting devices and ignited. The following products are being recalled: model  #5G001 – UPC 746851581199 / #5G002 – 746851581205

Sold at: Independent Retailers  from December 2010 through September 2011 for between $9.99 and $11.99

Remedy: Consumers should  immediately stop using the pourable gel fuel and return the gel fuel to the  company for a full refund. For additional information, contact Evergreen  Enterprises toll-free at (877) 558-1511 between 8:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. ET  Monday through Friday, or visit the company’s website at  http://www.myevergreen.com.

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Name of Product: Bird Brain  Firepot Fuel Gel, Bird Brain Firepot Citronella Fuel Gel and Bird Brain BioFuel  Fuel Gel

Distributor: Bird Brain Inc. of  Ypsilanti, Mich. Manufactured in the United States and China.

Incidents/Injuries: Bird Brain  is aware of 20 reports of incidents, resulting in 11 injuries that involved  first-, second- and third-degree burns.

Description: This recall  involves pourable gel fuels packaged in 16-ounce 32-ounce and 64-ounce plastic  bottles and sold with or without citronella oil. The labels on the container say  “Bird Brain Firepot Fuel Gel” or “BioFuel Fuel Gel.” The bottles were sold as  single bottles and in multiple-bottle packages. The gel fuel is poured into a  stainless steel cup in the center of ceramic firepots or other decorative  lighting devices and ignited. The following products are affected by this  recall: item #11820010 / #11820011 / #11820001 / #11820006 / #11820007 /  #11820008 / #11820013 / #11820024 / #11820014 / #11820018 / #11820002 / 11820009  / #11820028 / #11820020 / #11820019 / #11820016 /  #11820022 / #11820023

Sold at: Sears, K-Mart, Target  and other major retailers; Amazon.com, Target.com, Buy.com and various online  specialty, home and garden, pet and gift shops and independent retailers from  October 2008 through August 2011. Individual units were sold for between $8 and  $18. Multi-packs were sold for between for between $18 and $136.

Remedy: Consumers should  immediately stop using the pourable gel fuel and return the gel fuel to the  company for a full refund. For additional information, contact Bird Brain  toll-free at (877) 414-0842 anytime (live operators available between 8:30 a.m.  and 5:30 p.m. ET, Monday through Friday) or visit the company’s website at  http://www.birdbrainrecall.com.

For more information on recalled products or to report an incident, visit: SaferProducts.gov or  call the CPSC Recall Hotline: (800) 638-2772

Source: U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission/PRNewswire

 

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Mom Dies in Pool Accident: Pool Slide Recalled

by Ann Pietrangelo

A 29-year-old Colorado mother died in Andover, Mass. after fracturing her  neck going down a Banzai in-ground pool water slide which had been placed over  the concrete edge of a pool. The woman hit her head at the bottom of the  slide because it had partially deflated.

Wal-Mart Stores Inc., of Bentonville, Ark. and Toys R Us Inc., of Wayne, NJ,  in cooperation with The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), are  announcing a recall of about 21,000 inflatable Banzai in-ground pool water slides. During use, the slide can deflate, allowing the user  to hit the ground underneath the slide and become injured. The slide is also  unstable and can topple over in both still and windy conditions and carries  inadequate warnings and instructions.

The CPSC and the retailers have been notified of two other injuries which  occurred in a similar manner, including a 24-year-old man from Springfield, Mo.  who became a quadriplegic, and a woman from Allentown, Pa. who fractured her  neck.

The recall involves Banzai in-ground pool water slides designed for  use with in-ground pools. The vinyl slides have a blue base, yellow  sliding mat and an arch going over the top of the slide. By connecting a hose to  the top of the slide, water can be sprayed on its downward slope. The words  ‘Banzai Splash’ are printed in a circular blue, orange and  white logo, shaped like a wave on either side of the slide.

The recalled slides, which were manufactured in China by Manley Toys, Ltd,  were sold at Walmart and Toys R Us nationwide from January 2005  through June 2009 for about $250. The recalled slides have the barcode  number 2675315734 and model number 15734. Both the barcode and model  number appear on the original packaging but are not on the actual slide.

What to do if you own the Bonzai slide: Immediately stop  using the slide and return it to the nearest Walmart or Toys R Us for a full  refund. Consumers can also cut the two safety warning notices out of the slide  and just return that portion. For additional information from Walmart, call  (800) 925-6278 between 7 a.m. and 9 p.m. CT Monday through Friday, or visit the  firm’s website at http://www.walmartstores.com. For additional information from Toys R  Us, call (800) 869-7787 between 9 a.m. and 9 p.m. ET Monday through Saturday and  between 10 a.m. and 7 p.m. Sunday, or visit the firm’s website at  www.toysrus.com.

 

 

 

To report an incident involving the Bonzai slide: Contact the CPSC at SaferProducts.gov or call the CPSC Hotline: (800)  638-2772

Source: U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission

 

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Baby Rattles and Sippy Cups Recalled

by:     Ann Pietrangelo

 

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and Health Canada, in  cooperation with Manhattan Group LLC, of Minneapolis, Minn., announced a  voluntary recall of the Whoozit® Starry Time Rattle.

Hazard: The clear spheres on each end of the rattle can  break, releasing small parts, posing a choking hazard to small children.

Injuries/Incidents: Manhattan Group has received  two reports of rattles breaking. No injuries have been  reported.

Description: This recall involves Whoozit® Starry Time baby  rattles. The plastic rattles feature three colored (orange, aqua blue and  purple) stars stacked front to back between two clear spheres on a flexible  stem. The rattle measures about 5-1/2-inches long. Each clear ball, located  at the end of the rattle, measures 1-3/4 inches in diameter. The clear rattles  contain small multi-colored beads and a white plastic disc featuring a blue  smiling character face inside. The name of the product is printed on the hang  tag.

About 3,000 units were sold in specialty toy and baby stores nationwide, in  Canada, and online at http://www.manhattantoy.com from September 2011 through March  2012 for about $15. The product was manufactured in China and imported by  Manhattan Group LLC, of Minneapolis, Minn.

Remedy: Consumers should immediately take these rattles away  from young children and return them to the store where purchased for a full  refund.

Consumer Contact: For additional information, contact  Manhattan Group toll-free at (800) 541-1345 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. CT Monday  through Friday, or visit the firm’s website at www.manhattantoy.com.

 

 

In another recall, The CPSC and Target Corporation of Minneapolis, Minn.,  announced a voluntary recall of the Target Home Bunny Sippy  Cup.

Hazard: The ear on the bunny sippy cup can poke a child in  the eye area while using the cup for drinking, posing an injury hazard.

Incidents/Injuries: Target has received six reports of  incidents where the plastic ear poked children during routine use of the  product. Cuts and bruises were reported in three of these reports.

Description: The recall involves two styles of Target Home  Bunny Sippy Cups. The cups come with handles on both sides in pink and blue,  female and male. Each contains a corresponding white bunny head screw-on lid and  one bent ear and one straight ear. The cups can be identified by imprints on the  bottom: “TARGET 200020683″ for pink and “TARGET 200020884″ for the blue.

About 264,000 units were manufactured in China and imported by Target  Corporation; Minneapolis, Minn. The sippy cups were sold exclusively at Target  stores nationwide from February 2012 through April 5, 2012 for $3.

Remedy: Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled  sippy cups and return them to any Target store for a full refund.

Consumer Contact: For additional information, contact Target  at (800) 440-0680 between 7 a.m. and 6 p.m. CT Monday through Friday, or visit  the firm’s website at www.target.com

To make a report to the CPSC visit SaferProducts.gov or call (800) 638-2772.

Source: PR Newswire/U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission

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