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Apr 30, 2020. 1 comments

Don't Mix Your Cleaning Products

Don't Mix Your Cleaning Products

Mixing flavors and functions is a basic skill in cooking: Add lemon juice for acid, parmesan for umami, you get the idea. But with cleaning products, combinations aren’t just the sum of their parts. Some can be harmful to your health. Make sure to avoid mixing the following:

Bleach and ammonia 

When these two are mixed, a chemical reaction produces chloramine gas, which can irritate your eyes...

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Apr 27, 2020. 3 comments

How to Prevent Injuries When You're Working Out at Home

How to Prevent Injuries When You're Working Out at Home

Hands up if you’ve hurt yourself doing something stupid during a home workout. I, for one, smacked my hand into the ceiling-mounted garage door opener while following along with a dance workout. And twice now I’ve had a dumbbell fall apart mid-lift because I hadn’t tightened the collars enough.

I got off easy. There are many ways to get seriously injured working out at home, and these risks...

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Apr 17, 2020. 1 comments

Why You Shouldn't Play That 'Fun Quarantine Game' on Facebook

Why You Shouldn't Play That 'Fun Quarantine Game' on Facebook

If you’ve been on Facebook lately you’ve probably seen an influx of “fun” games suggesting you tell everyone the names of all the streets you’ve lived on or all the cars you’ve had or the song that was popular the year you were born. Or how about the one suggesting you post your senior-year high school photo?

On the surface, all those suggestions seem like fun things you might share with...

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Apr 15, 2020. 9 comments

How to Use Disposable Gloves Safely

How to Use Disposable Gloves Safely

The CDC isn’t recommending gloves as a daily precaution, but I know a lot of people are choosing to wear disposable gloves when they go out, for example,

when grocery shopping . If you do end up using gloves, it’s important to wear them correctly. Otherwise they may be doing more harm them good. What Precautions Are You Taking at the Grocery Store?

It’s been just over a week since the CDC...

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Apr 14, 2020. 23 comments

What Precautions Are You Taking at the Grocery Store?

What Precautions Are You Taking at the Grocery Store?
Coronavirus RoundtableCoronavirus RoundtableWe're here to discuss news, rumors, questions, and facts about this pandemic as we live through it.

It’s been just over a week since the CDC asked us to wear cloth masks. I hear from the main grocery shopper in our household that they’re suddenly popular—he estimates 60 to 80% of people are using some kind of face covering.

It seems every...

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Mar 26, 2020. 1 comments

The Safest Way to Dilute Household Chemicals

The Safest Way to Dilute Household Chemicals

Making a DIY disinfectant is as simple as mixing bleach (or alcohol) with a little water—but for safety reasons, the order in which you mix them matters more than you might think. As you’re mixing up your next batch of

coronavirus-busting spray , let the first commandment of Chem 101 labs be your guiding principle: “Do what you oughta—add acid to water.” Bleach Kills the Coronavirus, Too

If...

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Mar 14, 2020. 6 comments

Don't Use Tor Right Now If You're Working From Home

Don't Use Tor Right Now If You're Working From Home

With more people staying at home and

working remotely to avoid the COVID-19 outbreak , online security has become an even higher priority. Using a web browser that respects user privacy and keeps your data safe is a telecommuting necessity, but you should probably avoid using the Tor web browser for now, even though it’s one of the best ways to anonymize your web activity.

According to the...

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Mar 02, 2020. 6 comments

Take a Quick Photo of Your Child Before Heading Into Crowded Places

Take a Quick Photo of Your Child Before Heading Into Crowded Places

Even the most diligent of parents can unexpectedly lose track of their youngsters, especially in crowded and attention-grabbing places like amusement parks, fairs, and shopping malls. This week reddit user ChadNFreud made a great suggestion on what to do before you head into that crowded situation with a child or challenged adult: snap a picture.

A photo certainly isn’t going to prevent you...

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Feb 05, 2020. 22 comments

Delete These Scammy Android Apps That Drove 382M Downloads

Delete These Scammy Android Apps That Drove 382M Downloads

Whenever we post “delete these apps” stories, we invariably see comments claiming that the malware apps in question are so bizarre and pointless, you’d have to be the dumbest Android user on Earth to download them in the first place (or something to that effect).

According to a new report from VPNpro, the Chinese company Shenzhen Hawk appears to have launched 24 different sketchy apps into the...

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Jan 25, 2020.

Can You Cancel Your Flight Because of the Coronavirus?

Can You Cancel Your Flight Because of the Coronavirus?

As of Friday morning, the coronavirus outbreak in China has resulted in at least 26 deaths and 800 others sickened by the illness, according to local health officials. Currently, there is one confirmed case in the U.S., with twelve others currently being tested for the virus, CBS News reports.

In response to the outbreak, Chinese authorities have restricted flights and trains to and from Wuhan...

Jan 23, 2020. 17 comments

The Complete Guide to Failing Lifts

The Complete Guide to Failing Lifts

If heavy barbells scare you, you’re not alone. Until you have a bit of experience (both lifting and watching others lift) you may feel slightly terrified at the thought of a bar crashing down on you if you don’t make a lift. Fortunately, fails stop being scary once you learn what actually happens when you fail. So let’s walk through it.

The first important thing to know is that everybody...

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David Murphy David Murphy Jan 22, 2020. 6 comments

Change These Facebook Settings to Protect Your Photos From Facial Recognition Software

Change These Facebook Settings to Protect Your Photos From Facial Recognition Software

It should come as little surprise that any content you offer to the web for public consumption has the potential to be scraped and misused by anyone clever enough to do it. And while that doesn’t make this weekend’s report from The New York Times any less damning, it’s a great reminder about how important it is to really go through the settings for your various social networks and limit how...

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Jan 18, 2020. 5 comments

How to Talk to Teens About Sexual Violence

How to Talk to Teens About Sexual Violence

Sending your kids off to college is a big parenting rite of passage; it can also be terrifying. Suddenly, instead of seeing them every day, you don’t know where they are, what they’re doing or who they’re with. Parents of teenage girls, in particular, worry about their safety during a time when the #MeToo movement has made it all-too-clear that sexual violence against young women is both...

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Beth Skwarecki Beth Skwarecki Jan 15, 2020. 9 comments

What Are Sinkholes and How Do They Work?

What Are Sinkholes and How Do They Work?

A sinkhole opened up and swallowed a bus this week in China, killing several people. A few months ago, another sinkhole opened up below a bus in my hometown of Pittsburgh; in that case, though, everybody escaped safely. Besides buses, sinkholes can also swallow cars, pedestrians, and houses. Here’s the rundown on what sinkholes really are and how they happen.

What causes a sinkhole?

A sinkhole...

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Meghan Moravcik Walbert Meghan Moravcik Walbert Jan 10, 2020. 17 comments

Protect Your Baby From Strangers' Germs with a 'No Touch' Sign

Protect Your Baby From Strangers' Germs with a 'No Touch' Sign

There’s this thing that happens when a person sees a brand new human. Their hands, which just moments before they had complete control over, turn into large magnets that pull straight up and out with a primal need to touch that baby. It’s bad enough to endure months of randoms rubbing your pregnant stomach; now all the world thinks it’s good and fair to touch your infant. And they don’t just...

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Dec 10, 2019. 1 comments

Check Your Airbnb's Carbon Monoxide Detector

Check Your Airbnb's Carbon Monoxide Detector

In May, six tourists died of carbon monoxide poisoning while staying at an Airbnb rental property in Santiago, Chile. This wasn’t an isolated incident. In 2018, a couple visiting San Miguel de Allende, Mexico also died after unknowingly inhaling gas emitted by a heater in their Airbnb rental.

While Airbnb recommends that hosts install carbon monoxide and smoke detectors—and provides them for...

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Beth Skwarecki Beth Skwarecki Nov 26, 2019. 13 comments

Watch How Easily a Turkey Fryer Can Set Your House on Fire

Watch How Easily a Turkey Fryer Can Set Your House on Fire

Fried turkey tastes great, or so I’ve heard, but frying a whole turkey yourself poses a serious danger of burning your house down. The Consumer Product Safety Commission, which regularly

sets things on fire for the holidays , has a new video showing us how not to fry a turkey.

To set up the video, the folks at the CPSC got a turkey that was not totally thawed, and dropped it into a...

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Nov 21, 2019.

How to Introduce Your Kid to the Wild World of Social Media

How to Introduce Your Kid to the Wild World of Social Media

One of the trickiest parts of parenting is teaching our kids how to safely do things that have a great potential for harming them. It starts with teaching them to use scissors safely when they’re preschoolers, then sharp knives to cut their own food and, before we know it, how to drive a car. We don’t like it but we do it because we know the alternative—that they do these things without ever...

Meghan Moravcik Walbert Meghan Moravcik Walbert Nov 16, 2019. 15 comments

How to React If Your Kid Is Using Drugs

How to React If Your Kid Is Using Drugs

When it comes to our kids and drugs, we tend to focus on prevention—and rightfully so. We think about how to be good role models when it comes to substance use; we talk to them early and often about the dangers of drugs, peer pressure and hanging out with the wrong crowd. But what about when we do all of that and still, they use?

Even if they have all the right information—even if they know...

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Meghan Moravcik Walbert Meghan Moravcik Walbert Oct 25, 2019. 16 comments

This Is the Safest Way for Your Baby to Sleep

This Is the Safest Way for Your Baby to Sleep

Parents of infants are both sleep-deprived and sleep-obsessed. It’s important for babies to sleep in order for parents to hope to get a little of their own rest, which is how we can arrive pretty quickly at the “do whatever works” strategy. But more reports are coming out that some of the products parents use—and love—are unsafe for their sleeping babies. At the top of that list now are...

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