| Jan 9, 2012
As temperatures plummet and heating subsidies sit on the government's chopping block, cash-strapped consumers may look to alternative options for heating their home this winter. While many of these options can be used safely, they can create a risk of...
| Nov 15, 2011
| 7:52 AM
The story, at its most basic level, was tragic.
A young boy died after a TV toppled over and crushed his tiny frame.
In reporting the story of the Arlington Heights boy, we spoke to experts who said that as awful as his death was, the circumstances...
| Nov 27, 2012
| 9:00 PM
More than three decades after manufacturers stopped making children's pajamas with a flame retardant suspected of causing cancer, new research suggests the same chemical has become the most widely used fire-resistant compound in upholstered furniture sold...
| Feb 9, 2013
In a move that could affect consumers nationwide, California officials Friday unveiled plans to scrap an obscure 1975 rule that led to the widespread use of toxic flame retardants in upholstered furniture and baby products in American homes.
| Oct 9, 2009
On a clear day, you can see the skyline of Chicago -- all the way from Northbrook, 25 miles away.
That's because this northern suburb has a lofty hill with panoramic views in all directions. The peak is covered with the metro area's top golf course -- in...
| Feb 7, 2011
| 6:24 PM
Equipment meant to prevent powerful drains from causing people to drown in pools and hot tubs is being used across the country even though the products underwent flawed safety evaluations, then failed subsequent, more stringent tests, a Tribune...
| Feb 8, 2011
| 11:17 AM
Lighting is changing fast. Incandescents as we know them are on the way out.
It may be confusing for a while. But in the end, your wallet will thank you. And so will the planet.
Walk down today's lighting aisle, and it's intimidating.
| Feb 20, 2011
Natural gas detectors have never been in demand at Albright's Hardware and Garden Center in South Whitehall Township .
Before a natural gas explosion leveled a city block and killed five people in Allentown, customers came in pretty regularly for...
| Dec 10, 2010
Bold-face names across the country are getting into the Christmas spirit, and the Ministry is here to ladle up seasonal activities like a piping-hot mug of spiked nog. For starters, the first family hit the button on the National Christmas......
| Jan 5, 2011
Ikea is generating considerable attention at the start of 2011 for halting the sale of incandescent bulbs and instead selling more energy-efficient halogen, fluorescent and LED lighting. It's old news, however: We actually reported on the pending change...
| Jan 12, 2011
Think you can build a better life jacket? If so, break out your inner Sheldon Cooper and get imaginative -- you could be in the running for a $5,000 award being given to the winning designer in the "Innovations in......