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FAQ: Radio Frequency Safety

This page provides information and health standards for consumers on microwave radiation and wireless communications, including cellular telephones and amateur radios.

Review Date: December 17, 2014

Federal Communications Commission

Questions and Answers: Problem Reporting of Products Regulated by FDA

Consumers can play an important public health role by reporting adverse reactions or other problems with products the FDA regulates. Find answers to questions about reporting a problem.

Review Date: January 31, 2013

U.S. Food and Drug Administration

A CO Alarm Can Save Your Life

Learn about the importance of replacing batteries in smoke and carbon monoxide (CO) alarms annually.

Review Date: October 31, 2014

U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission

Bad Reaction to Cosmetics? Tell FDA

If you’ve had a negative reaction to a beauty, personal hygiene, or makeup product, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) wants to hear from you. Here is more information about what to report.

Review Date: November 16, 2012

U.S. Food and Drug Administration

Bisphenol A (BPA)

Bisphenol A or BPA may interfere with the production or activity of hormones in the human endocrine system. You can be exposed to BPA if you use plastic food containers, canned foods, water or baby bottles, reusable cups, and other consumer products that are made with BPA.

Review Date: January 11, 2013

NIH National Library of Medicine - NLM

Bisphenol A (BPA) Information for Parents

BPA is a chemical that has been used for more than 40 years in the manufacture of many hard plastic food containers. While BPA is not proven to harm children or adults, recent studies on the effects of low doses of BPA in laboratory animals have led federal health officials to express concern about BPA's safety.

Review Date: November 13, 2014

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Cancer Treatment Scams

Curious about a product that says it can treat or cure cancer? Be skeptical. Learn what signs to watch out for and talk to your doctor before trying anything new.

Review Date: December 18, 2012

Federal Trade Commission

Carbon Monoxide Poisoning with Camping Equipment- (PDF)

Each year there are about 30 deaths and 450 injuries because of carbon monoxide poisoning from the use of portable camping heaters, lanterns, or stoves inside tents, campers, and vehicles. Follow these guidelines to prevent this colorless, odorless gas from poisoning you and your family.

Review Date: December 18, 2014

U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission

CPSC Hotline - (PDF)

This toll-free hotline handles calls about unsafe products, product recalls, and safety issues, and helps consumers obtain useful information on what to look for when buying various products.

Review Date: February 28, 2013

U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission

Decorative Contact Lenses: Is Your Vision Worth It?

Read these safety tips before buying decorative contact lenses. An eye doctor (ophthalmologist or optometrist) must measure each eye to properly fit the lenses and evaluate how your eye responds to contact lens wear. A poor fit can cause serious eye damage.

Review Date: December 08, 2012

U.S. Food and Drug Administration

Dietary Supplements

People over 50 need more of some vitamins and minerals than younger adults do. Your doctor or a dietitian can tell you whether you need to change your diet or take vitamins or minerals.

Review Date: January 29, 2013

NIH National Institute on Aging Information Center

Fact Sheet: Nanotechnology

Nanotechnology has the potential to be used in medical products, foods and cosmetics. Nanomaterials are so small that they can’t be seen with a regu­lar microscope. The FDA is maintaining a product-focused and science-based policy to appropriately regulate products using this emerging technology.

Review Date: July 16, 2014

U.S. Food and Drug Administration

File a Complaint - U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT)

This page connects to a form available to submit vehicle and equipment problems to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration electronically. Complaints can also be filed by phone.

Review Date: December 01, 2014

National Highway Traffic Safety Administration - NHTSA
U.S. Department of Transportation

Fire-Related Consumer Product Recalls and Advisories

An index of alerts and advisories related to consumer products that have been recalled as fire hazards. Products include household products, toys, clothing and appliances.

Review Date: March 26, 2013

United States Fire Administration, Federal Emergency Management Agency

Hair Dye and Hair Relaxers

It is important that you pay attention to all "Caution" or "Warning" statements when using hair dye and relaxers. Read more about how to use these hair products safely.

Review Date: August 25, 2011

FDA Office of Women’s Health

Health & Safety Information on Household Products: Household Products Database

Do any of the common household products pose a potential health risk to you and your family? Find out what's in these products and what are the potential health effects, and other safety and handling information.

Review Date: October 29, 2012

NIH National Library of Medicine - NLM

Insect Repellents: Use and Effectiveness

Using the right insect repellent can discourage ticks, mosquitoes, and other biting insects from landing on you. This search tool will help you find a repellent that is right for you.

Review Date: February 28, 2012

Office of Pesticide Programs, OCSPP, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

Mercury Releases and Spills

Learn how to safely store and handle products that contain mercury. Find tips for cleaning up mercury spills and disposing of products containing mercury.

Review Date: October 13, 2012

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

Multilevel Marketing

Learn about goods sold only through multilevel marketing (not available in stores) that may be unsafe to use as well as overpriced and have questionable merits. A wide range of health, beauty and fitness products and promotions are marketed this way.

Review Date: October 14, 2014

Federal Trade Commission

Multi-Media Consumer Information - FDA

FDA offers information about food, drug, and product safety in many useful formats, including videos, photo slideshows, podcasts and audio.

Review Date: December 18, 2012

U.S. Food and Drug Administration

Novelty Makeup

Painting your face can be a big part of the fun on Halloween and lots of other special occasions. Most of the time people do this without a problem, but not always. Here are some pointers on novelty makeup.

Review Date: July 11, 2014

FDA Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition

Recalls and Product Safety News

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission is charged with protecting the public from unreasonable risks of serious injury or death from thousands of types of consumer products. Find information on over 4,500 product recalls and recall alerts using this search page.

Review Date: April 18, 2014

U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission

Recalls, Market Withdrawals, & Safety Alerts - FDA

Find FDA alerts on food, drugs, animal health, biologics and medical devices and significant product actions over the last five years based on the extent of distribution and the degree of health risk.

Review Date: November 08, 2011

U.S. Food and Drug Administration

Report Unsafe Products

You can fill out a form online and submit it to report any injury or death involving consumer products or unsafe products or give feedback regarding the web site to the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC).

Review Date: May 28, 2014

U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission

Safety Recalls - Safecar.gov

Search this database for motor vehicle, tire and child restraint recall alerts via e-mail and RSS.

Review Date: March 26, 2013

National Highway Traffic Safety Administration - NHTSA
U.S. Department of Transportation

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