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Roundup: kills weeds, could kill you, too

Spring is here in Texas, and with it comes weeds. Whether you are a farmer with crops in the ground or a homeowner with a lawn and garden, weeds somehow sprout up everywhere you do not want them. You must constantly kill them, and you may use Roundup, Monsanto’s flagship weed killer, to do so.

However, a 2015 study conducted by a World Health Organization agency reported that glyphosate, Roundup’s main ingredient, is a probable carcinogen. Since then, nearly 1,000 lawsuits have been filed against Monsanto claiming that it causes non-Hodgkin lymphoma, a deadly type of cancer.

Common household objects can present a premises liability hazard

When you are checking out a potential daycare or preschool, taking your child to a playdate at a friend’s house or childproofing your own home, you probably pay attention to such dangers as electrical outlets and hazardous items in cabinets. It can be easy to overlook objects that you would not suspect to present a threat, but could still be just as harmful. You and other parents in Texas should understand the potential hazards of heavy and unsecured household objects.

You are likely familiar with the tragic story of a little girl who was killed recently at a Payless shoe store when an improperly mounted wall mirror fell on her. Investigators believe the mirror was held in place by a single screw. This tragedy highlights the often-unconsidered risks of objects that could topple over or fall onto young children. To reduce the chances of your child being harmed by a common household object, you may take the following measures:

  • Ensure bulky picture frames and mirrors are mounted to wall studs at several points with sturdy nails or screws.
  • Place heavy decorative objects, such as stone vases, out of your child’s reach.
  • Only keep child-friendly items on low surfaces like coffee tables and side tables.
  • Do not let the cords of heavy appliances like microwave ovens dangle over countertops, where your child may use them to pull the appliance off the surface.
  • Secure tall cabinets, dressers and television sets to the wall with strong brackets specifically designed for furniture safety.
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