Health & Safety

Alcohol and DUI Treatment Programs (GA)

Structured intervention and preventive education programs are available to help people with drug and alcohol abuse problems. The Georgia Department of Human Services (DHS) is responsible for establishing criteria for the approval of such programs. Read more.

Alzheimer's Disease: Disclosure of Treatment (GA)

A number of treatment options are available for people with Alzheimer's disease, and it's important to ensure they receive the best care possible. Georgia law requires many facilities to submit a Disclosure about treatment of patients with Alzheimers.  Read more.

Anti-Aging Products

Some marketers of pills and sprays say they found a Fountain of Youth in HGH – Human Growth Hormone. But the Federal Trade Commission says a closer look at these non-prescription products suggests they may be nothing more than hype.

Avoid ID Theft and Fraud in the New Health Insurance Marketplace

If you’re signing up for health insurance under the Affordable Health Care program, watch out for con artists who may ask for your money, your personal information, or both. Consumer Federation of America’s tips help you learn how to avoid scams.

Baby Safety Checklist (CPSC Publication 206)

Watch your baby grow. Keep this growth chart by your changing table, crib or rocking chair. Use it often by marking and dating the measurements and reviewing the important safety tips. Available in English and in Spanish. Order this publication at (800) 638-2772 or send an email to info@cpsc.gov

Baby Safety Checklist - CFPB

Beware of Illegally Sold Diabetes Treatments

Consumers with diabetes risk serious health complications by choosing illegally sold diabetes products, which may also be dangerous. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is advising consumers not to use such products. They may contain harmful ingredients or may be otherwise unsafe, or may improperly be marketed as over-the-counter (OTC) products when they should be marketed as prescription products.

Buying Exercise Equipment

Before you spring for new exercise equipment, make sure you’re not buying the fitness fiction of quick, easy results. When shopping, look for equipment that suits your lifestyle and budget, and shop around to get the best price. Read more.

Buying Prescription Medication On-line

On-line buyers must take extra precautions to ensure they get  safe medications from a reputable provider.

Can a Dietary Supplement Treat a Concussion? No

Exploiting the public's rising concern about concussions, some companies are offering untested, unproven and possibly dangerous products that claim to prevent, treat or cure concussions and other traumatic brain injuries (TBIs). These products are sold on the Internet and at various retail outlets. To learn more read this consumer update.

Causes and Prevention of Foodborne Illness (CT)

Bacteria may be on the food you purchase.  Learn the signs, symptoms, and how to treat a foodborne illness.

Child Car Seats (GA)

In Georgia, automobile accidents are the leading cause of death and injuries for children ages one to twelve. The lack or improper use of car seats is a major contributor to the problem. Georgia laws are designed to help increase car seat safety.

Childhood Injuries In the Home (WI)

Young children are at the greatest risk from unintentional injuries in the home because they spend most of their time there.  Learn how to keep a child safe from burns, poison, and falls.

Consumer Guide to Beauty Salons and Spas (NY)

Learn how to be sure a salon or spa is following safe practices.

Don’t Be a Victim of Health Fraud Scams

Health fraud scams fool people about products that may not be all they seem. The scams bombard us with deceptive marketing. Read this brochure to learn how to identify and avoid health fraud scams. Read more

Don’t Get Scammed: Beware of Health Fraud

Don't be duped into buying fraudulent health products. To learn about health fraud scams, watch this video featuring the Commissioner of Food and Drugs Dr. Margaret A. Hamburg and the FDA National Health Fraud Coordinator Gary Coody.

 

Don’t Let Do-it-Yourself Turn Into Injure Yourself (WI)

Learn the basics of power tool and ladder safety and make your home improvement project a success. Read more.

Emergency Mechanical Information (Montgomery County, MD)

Do your vehicle's warning lights come on when you turn on the ignition? They should. If they don't, they won't come on in case of mechanical emergency. If your vehicle's gauges don't operate as mentioned in the owners manual, have them checked.  Read more.

File a Complaint with the FTC

The FTC is the nation’s consumer protection agency. If a business doesn’t make good on its promises or cheats you out of your money, the FTC wants to know.

Generic Drugs and Low-Cost Prescriptions

Buying generic drugs can be a way to save money. If you want to get generics when possible, ask your doctor to write a prescription allowing a generic drug product when it’s appropriate. Learn more

Health Care Professionals (GA)

Georgia has established various boards to oversee the health professions and to set and enforce standards for licensure.  Read more.

Health Clubs: Exercise Your Rights (CT)

No one can prevent a health club from closing, but there are things you can learn and do to help you make wise decisions and avoid problems.

Health Fraud Scams - Don't Let This Happen to You (Video)

Promises of quick fixes and miracle cures can be found in TV infomercials, radio, direct mail, newspapers, and magazines. Don’t get fooled by bogus claims including "Lose 30 Pounds in 30 Days!" “Grow Hair Back” and "Cure my Diabetes!" Watch this video to learn about common health fraud scams.

Health Fraud Scams - Be Smart, Be Aware, Be Careful (Video)

Health fraud scams target people with promises of quick and painless cures. They waste money and can lead to delay in getting the proper diagnosis and treatment. Watch this video and learn how to recognize and avoid health fraud scams.

Health Fraud Scams: Get the Facts

Health fraud scams refer to products that claim to prevent, treat, or cure diseases or other health conditions, but are not proven safe and effective for those uses. Learn about common health fraud scams.

Health Information for Older People

Read articles about care and services, pills and products, scams and frauds.

Home Electrical Safety Checklist (CPSC Publication 513)

Every year, electrical products are associated with injuries, deaths, and fires in homes. Use this checklist to spot possible safety problems before they occur. This checklist is a room-by-room guide and allows you to identify and follow up on safety concerns. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission staff recommends inspecting electrical products in your home every six months. Each time you move into a home or change your clocks is the perfect time to check your smoke alarms and perform this checklist! Available in English and in Spanish. Order this free publication at (800) 638-2772 or send an email to info@cpsc.gov.

Home Electrical Safety - CPSC

Is Your Home Playground a Safe Place to Play? (WI)

Many backyard play sets are placed on dirt or grass – surfaces that do not adequately protect children when they fall. Make your backyard playground a safe place to play!

Joining a Gym

Joining a gym often means signing a contract, and not all contracts are the same. To avoid a problem down the road, find out more about the business and what you’re committing to before you sign up.

K2 or Spice: The Dangers of Using Synthetic Cannabinoids (CT)

Herbal and chemical mixes sold as “K2” or “Spice” may be smoked or mixed with food to produce a high.  They contain known and unknown chemicals that may be hazardous to health.

Keep Your Child Safe: Product Safety Tips

Stay informed about product recalls by checking the Consumer Protection recall alerts page from the New York State Department of State.

Medical Privacy

The Privacy Rights Clearinghouse (PRC) publishes in-depth guides on medical privacy laws and practical tips on safeguarding your information. Learn about HIPAA (the federal medical privacy law), electronic medical records, how your information is shared among health providers, and more.

Medication Safety (CT)

Talk to your health care professionals and learn how to take your medications safely.

Opioids: What You Need to Know (CT)

Opioid drugs affect the user’s body and brain. Learn about consequences of misuse or abuse.

Oxycodone: Protect Your Teens (CT)

It can be highly dangerous to take oxycodone without a doctor’s approval and supervision.

Prescription Drug Abuse Among Teens (CT)

 Talk to teens about the dangers of misusing prescription or over-the-counter medication.

Prescriptions for Eye Glasses and Contact Lenses

When you consider where to buy eyewear, chances are you consider cost and convenience. The Federal Trade Commission enforces the Contact Lens and Eyeglass Rules, which increase the “portability” of your contact lens and eyeglass prescriptions. Read more

Protecting Yourself from Prescription Errors (CT)

To get the greatest benefit from your medication, talk with your doctor and pharmacist before you start a new prescription.

Safe Storage and Disposal of Prescription Medication (CT)

Secure medications to keep yourself and your family safe from accidental overdose or poisoning.

Safe Toys Are No Accident (WI)

Play is essential to a child’s development, but poorly designed or improperly used toys can cause injury or even death. By following some basic guidelines, parents can better ensure that playtime is fun, educational, and safe.

Safer Products.gov

Tell the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) if you experience an incident with a consumer product or have a product safety concern by visiting www.SaferProducts.gov. SaferProducts.gov collects reports from consumers like you about safety issues with consumer products. The information you share about your incident or safety concern helps CPSC, and it can help other consumers, too. Search SaferProducts.gov for incidents with specific products that you currently own or products that you are thinking about buying. Use this information to protect your family. Order this publication at (800) 638-2772 or send an email to info@cpsc.gov.

Safer Products Site - CFBP

Safety for Older Consumers: Home Safety Checklist (CPSC Publication 701)

Use this checklist to spot possible safety problems in your home. Many injuries to older adults result from hazards that are easy to overlook, but also easy to fix. By spotting these hazards and taking steps to correct them, you can prevent injuries to yourself and to those who visit your home. Available in English and in Spanish. Order this free publication at (800) 638-2772 or send an email to info@cpsc.gov.

Seniors Home Safety Checklist - CPSC

Shocking Facts About Generators! (WI)

A generator may be able to save food in your refrigerator during a prolonged outage, keep your home office running, or power essential equipment. Generators can be expensive and noisy, and pose serious safety hazards to you and to others.  Please follow all safety instructions provided by the manufacturer. Read more

Sleep Safer: A Fire Resistant Mattress Can Save Your Life (CPSC Publication 560)

Look for the tag on new mattresses that indicates they meet the federal safety standard for fire resistance to small open flames.  This federal flammability law protects you and your family by giving you more time to escape before a mattress fire gets out of control. Available in English and in Spanish. Order this publication at (800) 638-2772 or send an email to info@cpsc.gov.

CSPC Mattress

Smoke Alarms Can Save Your Life (CPSC Publication 557)

Install smoke alarms in your home. Replace the batteries every year. Make sure to have an escape plan for your family and practice it so everyone knows what to do if there's a fire.  What type of smoke alarms should you have? Where should you install them? See this Web-only publication for lifesaving information.

Smoke Alarms - CPSC

Socializing Online: Talk to Your Kids

You may want to talk to your kids about certain risks of socializing online. Talk to your kids about about how they communicate online and off, and encourage them to engage in conduct they can be proud of.

Suspect a Health Care Scam? Here’s What to Do

Scams related to the Affordable Care Act? Here’s how to recognize and report them.

The Invisible Killer (CPSC Publication 464)

Carbon Monoxide (CO) is the “invisible” killer. Carbon monoxide is a colorless and odorless gas. Every year more than 150 people in the United States die from unintentional exposure to carbon monoxide associated with consumer products. This brochure tells you how to protect your family from carbon monoxide poisoning in your home. Available in English and in Spanish. Order this publication at (800) 638-2772 or send an email to info@cpsc.gov.

Carbon Monoxide CPSC

Weighing the Claims in Diet Ads

There’s no shortage of ads promising quick and easy weight loss without diet or exercise. But the claims just aren’t true, and some of these products could even hurt your health. Don’t be hooked by promises, testimonials, or supposed endorsements from reporters; all you’ll lose is money. Read more.

Weight Reduction Centers (WI)

There are many diet programs to choose from if you're interested in losing weight.  Check a weight reduction center carefully before you sign a contract or pay a deposit, or you may lose money instead of pounds. Read more.

What to Know; Generators and CO (CPSC Publication 468)

Portable gasoline generators can be of vital assistance when the power goes out. But a generator can also be dangerous. A generator's exhaust contains poisonous carbon monoxide which can kill you and your family in minutes. Use generators outside only, far from your home. Never bring a generator inside the home, garage or other partially-enclosed space, even if doors and windows are open.  Install carbon monoxide alarms in your home. Order this free publication at (800) 638-2772 or send an email to info@cpsc.gov.

Generators and CO-CPSC