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Safety and Savings Tips for February 2012 From All Safety Products, Inc.

You Might Remind Your Employees about Texting While Driving Vehicles!

Talking on a hand-held cellphone while driving is banned in 10 states (California, Connecticut, Delaware, Maryland, Nevada, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, Utah, and Washington) and the District of Columbia. Utah has named the offense careless driving. Under the Utah law, no one commits an offense when speaking on a cellphone unless they are also committing some other moving violation other than speeding.

The use of all cellphones by novice drivers is restricted in 30 states and the District of Columbia and the use of all cellphones while driving a school bus is prohibited in 19 states and the District of Columbia.

Text messaging is banned for all drivers in 35 states and the District of Columbia. In addition, novice drivers are banned from texting in 7 states (Alabama, Mississippi, Missouri, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas, and West Virginia) and school bus drivers are banned from text messaging in 3 states (Mississippi, Oklahoma, and Texas).

Many localities have enacted their own bans on cellphones or text messaging. In some but not all states, local jurisdictions need specific statutory authority to do so.

Dangerous lead levels found in ceramics, pottery so buyers beware!

The U.S. Product Safety Commission says ceramic products are finished with glazes that often contain lead, which gives them their rich color and shine. If the glazes are properly fired, the final product is usually safe. If the glaze isn't sealed at a high enough temperature, lead can leach from it.

If the ceramic is a food-related item, the lead can leach onto a dish or pitcher and into the food or drink, according to a University of Cincinnati environmental health authority.

Lead-tainted ceramics and pottery are usually brought into the country by individuals who bought them in Mexico. A frequently-used vessel or pot could poison a whole family.

Raw Materials Prices Are Affecting Price Increases

One of our key suppliers sent us this note recently. Cotton is now up 170% since a year ago and more than 40% (Our comments: These are 2011 Figures).  Cotton prices have surged beyond $2 a pound, the highest level they have ever hit.  Several factors account for the shortage.  Spurred by a turnaround in the global economy, manufacturers now require more cotton to meet increased demand. Also, adverse weather conditions throughout India, Australia, and Pakistan have damaged cotton crops, leaving textile mills with fewer options...

After-school hours dangerous for teen drivers

A new study shows that the two hours between 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. on school days are as dangerous for teen drivers as Friday and Saturday nights.

The American Automobile Association says many teen drivers are on the road at that time and it overlaps with rush hour. They say parents need to set rules for after-school driving.

About All Safety Products

We are all about trying to save you money when we are able to. It is our shipping policy to only charge you the actual shipping/handling costs. Sometimes there is a shipping error on our website. We do review all orders for accuracy and pleasantly surprise our customers when we notify them of an adjustment in their favor. We make money on products, not shipping!