Did you know that asking for the “real McCoy” started with a product invented by an African American?
Mechanical engineer Elijah McCoy received a patent for an automatic steam engine lubricating device in 1872. The device made it possible for train engines to be lubricated while they ran, saving the railroad time and money. When railroad engineers wanted to make sure they received lubricators designed by him and not inferior imitations, they asked for the “real McCoy” system.
Before he died in 1929, McCoy held patents for 56 other inventions, including patents for a folding ironing board and a lawn sprinkler. He was inducted into the National Inventors Hall of Fame in 2001.
Just like nearly two and a half centuries ago, U.S. consumers want to be assured the products they use are what they expect. Safety is one of those expectations. Due to the work of CPSC and other federal agencies, consumers can rest assured that many products found in homes today are safer to use than ever before.
At CPSC, we help make everyday products safer for you.
Check the products in your home at www.SaferProducts.gov; follow recalls at www.cpsc.gov/recalls, on Twitter @USCPSC or by signing up to receive recall emails; and learn more information in our Safety Education Centers.
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This address for this post is: http://www.cpsc.gov/onsafety/2014/02/cpsc-infographic-portable-generator-related-deaths/
Update: Jan. 6, 2014: Winter weather and extreme cold have been crossing the U.S. If you lose power, keep portable generators outside, at least 20 feet away from windows and doors. See below for more safety information. If you use a space heater to stay warm, follow these tips.
First Posted: Dec. 6, 2013
Dangerous ice and snow is sweeping across the plains, south, and heading east. There are expected to be widespread power outages associated with this large storm.
Are you planning on using a portable gas generator to help you during or after the storm this week?
When dealing with severe winter weather and power outages some people take unnecessary risks. Do not take extra risks with your generator. It can be deadly. (Take a look at this infographic to see just how deadly.) Its invisible odorless CO exhaust can kill you and your family in just minutes.
Be safe. Put your generator:
- OUTSIDE! Keep it at least 20 feet* away from windows and doors.
- Do NOT put generators in garages or basements. An open door does NOT provide enough ventilation to save you from deadly carbon monoxide gas.
When you use a generator, be sure to have a working CO alarm in your home. (Note: You should do this anyway.)
Finally, know the initial symptoms of CO poisoning:
- Shortness of breath
Get outside into fresh air quickly and call 911 immediately. Know what to do.
* Minimum distance recommended by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Here’s more information on carbon monoxide.
This address for this post is: http://www.cpsc.gov/onsafety/2014/01/winter-weather-alert-generators/
Are you last-minute holiday shopping? If so, take some time to watch CPSC’s first Google+ Hangout.
Our expert engineer, John Massale, explained some toy testing scenarios and talked about toy hazards to look for. Spokeswoman Nikki Fleming, who has nearly two decades of experience talking about toy safety, gave general toy shopping tips and talked about recalls and injuries associated with toys.
This address for this post is: http://www.cpsc.gov/onsafety/2013/12/holiday-toy-safety-qa/