Consumer Tips

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

Like millions of Americans, I plan to vote in person on Election Day. I always vote in person. I treasure the “I Voted” sticker I get. My polling place is often busy, depending on the time of day. But I never have encountered what I consider long lines.

I realize this year could be different. 

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Report: Nursing homes endure massive PPE shortages

Seven months into this pandemic, PPE shortages have become much worse, according to “Nursing home safety during COVID: PPE shortages,” a report by the U.S. PIRG Education Fund and Frontier Group.

With Election Day coming up, here's a tip guide for what to do before you go to vote, what to take with you and how to stay safe while you’re at your polling place.

Asbestos in Makeup: Steps You Can Take to Avoid Exposure

In March 2018, we found asbestos, a known carcinogen, in three cosmetic products sold by Claire’s, an American retailer that primarily markets to young girls. While we advocate for change in the system that allows asbestos to end up in kids’ makeup, there are steps you should take to keep you and your family safe from asbestos exposure. 

Why can I still buy toxic hand sanitizer?

By | Teresa Murray
Consumer Watchdog

The FDA doesn’t have the authority to stop retailers from selling dangerous over-the-counter products such as toxic hand sanitizer. Our safety system is broken, and we need to fix it. 

Tenant protections from eviction and utility cutoffs vary by state

By | Jacob van Cleef
Consumer Watchdog, Associate

The CDC implemented the eviction freeze on Sept. 4 to reduce the number of people on the streets who could get infected with and spread the COVID-19 virus. Landlords and other groups filed lawsuits attempting to strike down the halt on evictions, so the future of the policy remains uncertain.

Choosing the best way to pay: Cash, credit cards, debit cards, P2P, checks or online payments

By Teresa Murray, Consumer Watchdog

Cash has long been king. That hasn’t changed during the pandemic, despite the push by some merchants to discourage customers from paying with cash.

Six questions to ask before allowing a contractor into your home during the COVID-19 pandemic

A multitude of services, from plumbing repairs to internet installation, have traditionally been done by someone coming into your home. That need has not changed during the COVID-19 pandemic. It’s good that these services are still available, but having a stranger in your home is more worrisome than ever. It’s important that these services be done safely, so here are six questions to ask a business before scheduling a contractor.

From mask mandates to capacity limits, the largest public transit systems and ride share companies have new procedures


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