February 12, 2006

Toddlers at Risk of Paper Shredder Injury in the Home

(PRWEB via PR Web Direct) February 9, 2006 — The increase in the number of paper shredders being bought for home use in the UK, as a result of the increased publicity that is being given to identity theft and fraud, is likely to result in horrific finger injuries to toddlers judging from what has happened in the USA where domestic shredders have been more commonplace for a number of years.

The US Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) carried out an investigation of reported injuries, including amputations, and the characteristics of paper shredders that might have contributed to those injuries. The National Electronics Injury Surveillance System (NIESS) database collected 23 reported finger injuries attributable to paper shredders. The ages of the victims ranged from 14 months upwards.

The most severe injuries, amputations, involved children. Injury occurred when a child was feeding paper into a shredder (under adult supervision) and did not release the paper in time to prevent their fingers from entering the shredder opening. As the paper shredder continued to pull the paper into the shredder opening, it also pulled in the children’s fingers.

Since most paper shredders have auto start features, a child can be at risk even when an adult is present. A child may insert a piece of paper into the shredder opening and activate the shredder mechanism, allowing it to pull the paper (and possibly the child’s fingers) into the shredder. Children are not conscious of hazards to themselves and may not let go of the paper as it is being pulled in.

Paper shredders can pose a risk of finger injury to children as young as 15 months because of their small finger size. With no force applied, a child’s finger would be unlikely to penetrate the shredder opening since their finger diameter is typically larger than a paper shredder opening. However, depending on the design of the shredder, the shredder opening may enlarge as the shredder pulls in the paper and child’s fingers. The height of a 15-month-old can be more than twice the height of a domestic paper shredder, putting them within easy reach of the paper shredder opening.

AB Technology (London) Ltd, authorised dealers for 8 major shredder manufacturers, have been warning of the danger for some weeks now since learning of the injuries being caused by certain domestic paper shredders in the USA. A printable leaflet, warning of the dangers and outlining safe practice when using a paper shredder, is available to download in a print-friendly format from their shredders website which can be found at www.abt-shredders.co.uk. Vincent Woodall, sales and marketing manager of ABT, urges anyone who has a shredder to at the very least read or better, display the leaflet anywhere a child may be in close proximity to a paper shredder, to alert users of the danger posed to small children.

David Jenkins, of the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents was quoted in the Daily Telegraph of 9th February as saying “I am not aware of a problem in this country yet but with the increasing popularity of paper shredders — and if similar designs are available as in America — accidents are likely to happen”.

An 84 page report can be downloaded via the ABT website. The report is entitled “An Evaluation of Finger Injuries Associated with Home Document (Paper) Shredder Machine. The report was compiled as long ago as December 2004 by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission of Washington, D.C.

February 11, 2006

8 Tips for Enjoying Valentine’s Day Even If Your Marriage Isn’t Perfect

Marriage Counseling Advice: Eight Tips for Enjoying Valentine’s Day Even If Your Marriage Isn’t Perfect

Marriage counseling coach Nancy Wasson has Valentine’s Day advice for spouses in “less-than-perfect” marriages: “Keep the day in perspective, plan ahead, and find ways to show love to yourself and others.”

Birmingham, AL (PRWEB) February 6, 2006 — Marriage counseling coach Nancy Wasson says that Valentine’s Day brings up a mixture of feelings for many spouses. “For some,” she states, “it’s a happy day, full of anticipation and fun. But for others, it’s a painful reminder of what’s missing in their marriage.”

Wasson shares that when spouses are having serious marriage problems or even just an unresolved minor tiff, Valentine’s Day can present a challenge. “It’s hard for wives to watch co-workers receive bouquets of roses at work and to hear friends talk about special dinner plans and other romantic gestures from their husbands when they’re not in the same situation.”

She adds that it’s also difficult for husbands who want to show love and affection but are stymied by their wife’s lack of response or passion. According to Wasson, “Valentine’s Day is supposed to be a celebration time for lovers. For couples who aren’t feeling romantic towards each other, February 14th can be a depressing day.”

She has an eight-step strategy for coping with Valentine’s Day, even when a marriage relationship is strained:

• Keep Valentine’s Day in perspective. It gets a lot of publicity at the time, but remember that it’s only one day of the year. As the saying goes, “This too shall pass.” On February 15th, it’s all over except for the half-price left-over Valentine’s candy in the drug store.

• Remember that just because it looks like others have wonderful or desirable marriages and attentive, loving spouses doesn’t make it so. If you could see behind the scenes, you’d see that the truth is often very different from the exterior appearance. Just because a spouse gives the partner a flashy Valentine’s gift doesn’t mean the marriage is healthy and satisfying.

• Plan ahead so that you have some fun activities for the day or evening. If things are strained with your spouse, plan a special lunch or dinner with a close friend. Or you might decide to see a movie or have a massage after work. Be proactive about making plans and schedule something you’ll look forward to.

• Give yourself a Valentine’s Day present. Gifts to consider include a new CD, a book, clothing, sports equipment, a facial, a session with a personal trainer, or enrollment in a gym or night class. While you’re at it, buy a bouquet of tulips or other fresh flowers to brighten up your house or office.

• Pamper yourself. Slow down and take time for yourself in the little ways that count. Eat well, get enough rest, slow the pace down, and build in some relaxation time. Be good to yourself—you deserve it. And don’t forget to laugh. Be your own valentine and treat yourself with love and respect.

• Count your love blessings. Make a list of all the people who show their love and caring for you throughout the year. Include family and friends, as well as the neighbor who always volunteers to feed your cat when you’re out of town and the co-worker who looks out for your interests. Then take a moment to savor the feeling of gratitude for being so richly blessed.

• Send cards, notes, emails, or phone messages to the people in your life who are your “loved ones.” Remember how much fun it used to be when you were a child to get valentine cards and little candy hearts with messages such as “I Love You” or “Be my Friend”? Find a way to express your caring and gratitude to the special people on your “Love Blessings” list. You’ll make their day!

• Let your love, caring, and compassion for others shine brightly in everything you say or do on Valentine’s Day. Give the gift of yourself to others all day long. Print out the following quote and read it throughout the day to remind you of the power of love and giving:

“Each time anyone comes into contact with us,
They must become different and better people
Because of having met us…
We have been created in order to love and to be loved.
Love does not measure…it just gives.”
—Mother Teresa

Spouses don’t have to wait until their marriage is problem-free to enjoy Valentine’s Day, says Wasson. “And even more importantly, the bigger picture is that they don’t have to wait until their marriage is perfect to enjoy life. Now that’s something to celebrate!”

Marriage counselor Nancy Wasson, Ph.D., has been a Licensed Professional Counselor for more than twenty years. She coaches couples in unhappy marriages and provides immediate help through the privacy of telephone and email consultations. She is the author of “Keep Your Marriage: What to Do When Your Spouse Says ‘I Don’t Love You Anymore!’ ” She offers a free weekly marriage advice newsletter at www.KeepYourMarriage.com.

Men are from Mars, and They Hate Valentine’s Day

Los Angeles, CA (PRWEB) February 10, 2006 — With Valentine’s Day once again approaching, a new independent survey by social dating website TeamDating.com polling 500 married men and 500 single men ages 25-40 years old yielded very similar results in their opinions on the holiday. Whether married for years, or still looking for Mrs. Right, men seemed to agree that the expectations established over the years about how and what they should do have put them in a no win situation. Some key findings of the survey conducted in Los Angeles and Orange County, were the following:

Married Men Survey Results:
• 91% said it was their least favorite Holiday of their marriage due to the expectations of topping what they did the previous year
• 97% said that they plan what they are going to do the weekend before
• 94% said that any money spent on this day is a waste of money
• 72% said they plan on giving a gift certificate
• And only 4% of the men said they feel that the Holiday is even intended for men

Single Men Survey Results:
• 97% said it was their least favorite Holiday of the year
• 99% said to them it’s just another day
• 86% said they will go out and try too find single girls that are out as well
• 89% could not remember what they did the year before
• And a staggering 93% didn’t even know that it fell on February 14th every year

“The overall disdain for the Holiday seems to be caused by the over expectations that women have placed on the meaning of what is done that day, or better yet, what is not done that day,” explained Teamdating.com Chief Dating Officer Ray Doustdar, an expert in relationships and the online dating market. “Men feel that no matter what they do, it won’t be enough. Some try and take a creative approach with something out of the ordinary, but most fall back on the old reliable such as flowers and candy. At the end of the day, I think the thing they are missing is that women mainly want to see that you put some effort into whatever you did. If you are going to get flowers, get them from a different florist so they are not a carbon copy of what you gave for their birthday or another recent event”, commented Doustdar.

For radio and press interviews with Mr. Doustdar on or before February 14th, or any additional information, please contact Kipp Gillian at (949) 637-6401.

About www.Teamdating.com:
Team Dating.com is a unique and revolutionary online dating concept for consumers nationwide — both those who currently online date and those interested in trying. The site provides the online dating world a safer, less stressful, and more natural way of meeting people online through their “Team of Friends” approach. This approach mirrors how people meet one another in their real lives, and addresses the current weaknesses in the online dating industry, including safety concerns, profile elaboration, time consumption, and inflated costs. As Chief Dating Officer, Mr. Doustdar has been featured in articles in the Cincinnati Enquirer, Seattle Times, San Jose Mercury News, wired.com, and Variety.com.

101 Ways To Be A Bad Parent

1. Never leave the poor baby all alone in the back in a car seat. Always provide comfort and protection by driving with baby on your lap. (full story).
Britney Spears with Sean Preston - Way to go, Mom!
(Photo: Spaly-Sasha-cooper/X17agency.com)
2. Don’t waste film taking pictures to show friends, family (and fans). Simply dangle baby from wherever you are. (full story)
Michael Jackson dangles baby from hotel balcony
(Photo: CNN)
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February 9, 2006

Memories: Is there anything more important?

As life unfolds, we get married, have kids, and
watch them grow up, one thing that is most precious,
is the memories.

I can’t tell you how I long for my 7 year old
daughter to be 2 again. Of course, when we are
frustrated with our kids, we sometimes wonder
if they are *ever* gonna grow up!

And then, we quickly regret that thought and spend
the rest of our lives wishing they hadn’t grown
up so fast!

One thing I never miss out on, is taking pictures
of my kids – and thank god for digital camera’s,
I no longer worry about missed moments — or wasted film.

I got my Canon Elph 4 Mega Pixel just one day before
my son (now 2 1/2) was born. Don’t do the same
mistake and buy it at the last moment – you don’t
want to be distracted from the most joyous moments
of your life by something trivial, like having to
go to a store and stand in line!

I buy almost all my electronic items from Buy.com,
because I have researched a lot of online stores,
and usually nobody ever beats their price – and they
even have free shipping on many items.
Check out their various “shakin'” deals – they usually
list the best deals on this page.
In a future post, I will tell you how to set up
a free online album – you’ll need one, because
the last thing you want is to not be able to send
friends and family pictures of your little one(s).

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