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  • Chemical industry fights for flame retardants

    Chemical industry fights for flame retardants
    As furniture makers move to phase out toxic, ineffective flame retardants, the chemical industry is waging an aggressive last-ditch campaign to preserve a lucrative market that reaches into virtually every American home.
  • Winnetka considers fire sprinklers for all commercial buildings

    Winnetka considers fire sprinklers for all commercial buildings
    Winnetka officials are considering a proposal that would require all commercial buildings to be equipped with fire sprinklers within five years. The village passed an ordinance in 1977 requiring that sprinklers be installed in commercial buildings...

    Guarding against silent, deadly carbon monoxide

    Guarding against silent, deadly carbon monoxide
    Unlike smoke you can smell and flames you can see, carbon monoxide (CO) is a colorless and odorless gas that gives no hint of its lethal presence. It flows in the exhaust of water heaters, furnaces — anywhere there's a flame — and it can...

    Experts: Northbrook girl's death shows furniture's tip-over risks

    Experts: Northbrook girl's death shows furniture's tip-over risks
    The death this week of 3-year-old Northbrook girl after a bookcase fell on her was a tragic, if not rare, case of tipped-over furniture or appliances injuring or killing a child, experts and safety advocates say. Anna Heotis, of the 1900 block of...

    BGE Smart Meter fees amount to 'protection money' [Commentary]

    BGE Smart Meter fees amount to 'protection money' [Commentary]
    By now, many people are aware that in order to opt out of a smart meter installation, an upfront fee of $75 — payable in three installations starting July 2014 — and an additional $11 to $17 per month will need to be paid, as ordered by the...