safety http://michiganradio.org en How to stay safe this Fourth http://michiganradio.org/post/how-stay-safe-fourth <p>A confluence of <a href="http://www.wunderground.com/severe.asp?region=mw&amp;setprefs.0.key=SVRMAP&amp;setprefs.0.val=mw#gotoMap">Heat Advisories</a> in 34 Michigan counties, drought-like conditions in the southern half of the state, and relaxed consumer firework legislation could make this year&#39;s Independence Day celebrations more dangerous than usual.&nbsp;</p><p>The AP reports that two Lansing-area communities have postponed tomorrow&#39;s annual firework shows because of warm and dry weather that&#39;s settled in across the state.<br /><br />Michigan officials are urging people to use caution with fireworks and outdoor fires as some areas face what&#39;s described as dangerously dry conditions.</p><p>Here are some tips from <a href="http://www.fireworksafety.com/">The National Council on Fireworks Safety</a> about how you can stay safe this holiday. Tue, 03 Jul 2012 17:52:19 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 8131 at http://michiganradio.org How to stay safe this Fourth Campus safety after Virginia Tech http://michiganradio.org/post/campus-safety-after-virginia-tech <p>The shootings at Virginia Tech happened five years ago this month. That event caused many colleges and universities to reevaluate safety issues on campus.</p><p>Pat Gotschalk is associate dean of students at <a href="http://www.mtu.edu/">Michigan Technological University</a> in Houghton.&nbsp; She says after the Virginia Tech shooting, her university created what they call an <a href="http://www.mtu.edu/dean/eit/">&ldquo;early intervention team.&rdquo; </a>The team is made up of staff members who identify students who may be struggling.</p><p>Gotschalk says originally the team looked for students with academic problems. But over time, they&rsquo;ve broadened their focus. She says now they deal with students struggling with behavioral, conduct, mental health, or adjustment issues.</p><p>The team reaches out to about one-hundred students each year and helps connect students with counselors or support services. Gotschalk says most large schools and universities have programs that are similar. Sun, 22 Apr 2012 22:51:13 +0000 Kyle Norris 7143 at http://michiganradio.org Campus safety after Virginia Tech Congress to hear testimony about nuclear power plant safety on Tuesday http://michiganradio.org/post/congress-hear-testimony-about-nuclear-power-plant-safety-tuesday <p>Congress will hear <a href="http://energy.senate.gov/public/index.cfm?FuseAction=PressReleases.Detail&amp;PressRelease_id=fb74addb-b8c7-4bbc-8a3a-3dbc6cbaec87&amp;Month=3&amp;Year=2011&amp;Party=0">testimony</a> on Tuesday morning from experts in nuclear energy to determine what lessons can be learned from the crisis in Japan.</p><p>Dave Lochbaum is the director of the Nuclear Power Project, part of the <a href="http://www.ucsusa.org/news/experts/dave-lochbaum.html">Union of Concerned Scientists</a>. He says the United States needs to be prepared for disaster<em><span style="font-style: italic;"> </span></em><span style="font-style: italic;">&quot;</span>not on bright sunny days, but on days when the infrastructure may be damaged or compromised and impede the ability of people to get out of harm&rsquo;s way.&quot;</p><p>Lochbaum says U.S. plants are at risk for the same problems that nuclear plants in Japan are facing:</p><blockquote><p><em>&ldquo;It&rsquo;s U.S. reactor technology that was used there, under similar regulations that are here in the United States, so faced with similar challenges, we&rsquo;d probably experience similar outcomes and I think the United States and Congress more broadly will take steps to better protect Americans from that outcome. &rdquo;</em></p></blockquote><p>There are three nuclear power plants in Michigan</p><p>-Bridget Bodnar, <em>Michigan Radio Newsroom</em> Tue, 29 Mar 2011 13:50:18 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 1818 at http://michiganradio.org Congress to hear testimony about nuclear power plant safety on Tuesday Health and safety concerns surround Glittersniffer Cosmetics http://michiganradio.org/post/health-and-safety-concerns-surround-glittersniffer-cosmetics <p><a href="http://glittersniffercosmetics.com/">Glittersniffer Cosmetics</a> is the brainchild of Lela Warren who lives in Dearborn Heights, Mich.</p><p>Warren sells brightly colored pigments called &quot;giraffes in love&quot; and &quot;French kiss snow cone,&quot; which she markets as eye makeup. She has thousands of fans on facebook. Some of the women say the Glittersniffer cosmetics made them feel &quot;beautiful&quot; for the first time in their lives.</p><p>http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/michigan/local-michigan-955398.mp3</p><p><strong>Safety concerns</strong></p><p>What all those facebook fans didn&rsquo;t know, was that Warren was using non-FDA approved soap dyes to achieve some of those vivid shades. Soap dyes can cause irritation and even blindness if applied to the eyes. Tue, 01 Mar 2011 21:30:48 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 1435 at http://michiganradio.org Health and safety concerns surround Glittersniffer Cosmetics Government: No electronic throttle problems in runaway Toyotas http://michiganradio.org/post/government-no-electronic-throttle-problems-runaway-toyotas <p>After a ten-month investigation, the results are in.</p><p>From the Associated Press:</p><blockquote><p>A government investigation into Toyota safety problems has found no electronic flaws to account for reports of sudden, unintentional acceleration. Transportation officials and engineers with NASA say two mechanical safety defects previously identified by the government - sticking accelerator pedals and gas pedals that can become trapped in floor mats - are the only known causes for the reports of runaway Toyotas. Both issues were the subject of large recalls by Toyota.</p><p>Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood says the department's 10-month study has concluded there is no electronic-based cause of unintended high-speed acceleration in Toyotas.</p><p>Toyota has recalled more than 12 million vehicles globally since fall 2009 for a series of safety issues. The company has denied that electronics are to blame. Tue, 08 Feb 2011 18:56:27 +0000 Mark Brush 1207 at http://michiganradio.org Government: No electronic throttle problems in runaway Toyotas Toyota invests $50-million in new safety research center in Ann Arbor http://michiganradio.org/post/toyota-invests-50-million-new-safety-research-center-ann-arbor <P>&nbsp;Toyota Motor Corporation has launched a new $50-million dollar safety research center in Ann Arbor, as the company seeks to recover from last year’s massive recalls of millions of cars.&nbsp;</P> <P>The money will pay for research on ways to reduce driver distraction, and better protect the most vulnerable passengers including children.&nbsp; Chuck Gulash is senior executive engineer at Toyota Technical Center in Ann Arbor.&nbsp;</P> <P>"The announcement is really keeping with the commitment that our President, Akio Toyoda, made to Congress and the American public last year to take Sun, 09 Jan 2011 20:00:27 +0000 Tracy Samilton 803 at http://michiganradio.org