The Nuts and Bolts: March 5, 2014

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Parents Urged to Check Their Window Coverings

The Window Covering Safety Council (WCSC) is reminding parents of the potential dangers posed by window cords, and is urging them to only use cordless window covering products in homes with young children. Owners and renters alike should replace all corded window coverings in their homes with today's safer products.

According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), corded window coverings are one of the top five hidden hazards in American homes, with infants and children dying each year from accidentally strangling in window cords. Some of these incidents involve older products that are still in use and do not have the safety devices or designs instituted in the past decade.

"Parents who replace their window coverings with the cordless products available can feel more confident about their child's safety," explains WCSC Executive Director Peter Rush.

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Cub Cadet RZT S Zero-Turn Riding Mower Distinguished As a Consumers Digest Best Buy

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Consumers Digest recently revealed that the Cub Cadet RZT® S zero-turn riding mower is once again being recognized as a Best Buy in Riding Lawnmowers. Best Buys in zero-turn riding mowers are selected based on performance, ease-of-use, and quality of construction. Other criteria considered are features and warranty. The Best Buy rating extends to all RZT S models, which includes models with 42, 46, 50, and 54 inch decks.

"Once again earning the honor of a Consumers Digest Best Buy really reinforces the many glowing reviews given to the RZT S by owners," said Jeff Salamon, Cub Cadet's director of marketing. "In the fast-growing zero-turn market, we are pleased that industry experts believe the RZT S continues to offer a level of performance and innovation that is unmatched in the market."

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SMART Carpet and Flooring Encourages Customers to Go Green for St. Patrick's Day

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Consumers do not necessarily associate carpet and flooring decisions with environmental stewardship; SMART Carpet and Flooring is hoping to change that perception. Among the company's vast selection of quality carpets and floors are many "green" choices.

Eco-consciousness in carpet and flooring can mean several things, from less consumption of natural resources to more efficient manufacturing. Many of the brands carried by SMART Carpet and Flooring bring together multiple green attributes embraced by those interested in earth-friendly products for their homes.

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