Consumer Tips

For more than 40 years, U.S. PIRG Education Fund has alerted the public to risks to their health, safety and financial security. And, we empower people to avoid these dangers and protect themselves. Below are some of our most frequently requested resources and now we're adding new ones regularly.

Consumer Tips Video Guides

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Guides and Resources

  • 20 Questions to Ask Your Nursing Home during COVID

    Whether you have a loved one currently in a nursing home or rehabilitation facility, or whether you’re shopping for one, you should arm yourself with a list of questions to gauge how safe the environment is. Here’s a guide to those questions, and the answers you should expect.

  • Responding to the crisis

    The COVID-19 pandemic poses an unprecedented challenge for our country, threatening our health, wellbeing and democracy. Now more than ever, we need to work together to ensure that our government has a coordinated, strategic response to safeguard the public’s health, protect consumers from emerging dangers and ensure people can still participate fully in our democracy.

  • Planning to vote in person? Consider taking a bag of supplies to help you survive long lines

    You should plan for long lines. Here's a list of what you should do before you go to vote, what you should take with you and how you should stay safe while you’re at your polling place.

  • Asbestos in Makeup: Steps You Can Take to Avoid Exposure

    Asbestos, which can cause cancer, sometimes contaminates talc-based products. There is no safe level of exposure to asbestos. While we advocate for changes in the system, we also want to ensure consumers have the resources they need to avoid talc products and protect themselves and their families.


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