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Spring is finally here. As a result, the weather is warming significantly. However, it is not yet warm enough for most people to justify turning on their air conditioning units. During this time of year, most of us open our windows when our homes become uncomfortably warm. In springtime, few simple pleasures are as nice as a cool breeze blowing through the house.

However, it is important for parents of small children to take certain precautions before opening your home windows this season. Windows are a perfect illustration of the fact that not all dangerous products are those that are subject to recall. Certainly, if a particular model of window was uniquely dangerous or defective it would be recalled. However, most windows are dangerous simply because children can fall out of them without warning.

According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, windows are among the top five everyday home hazards currently affecting American families. Young children who are curious about the world around them approach windows and often attempt to climb out of them simply because they can.

Some products are inherently dangerous. When consumers purchase knives, table saw and bleach for example, they understand that they must use great caution when interacting with these products. However, some products are dangerous due to defects, toxins or actions on the part of negligent manufacturers. Oftentimes, consumers are unaware of the hazards they face when interacting with these products because they do not appear to be inherently dangerous.

One such dangerous product currently circulating the marketplace is wood treated with toxic chemicals. Due to a great deal of effort on the part of certain safety advocates and bipartisan support in Congress, new rules are finally being enacted by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in order to protect consumers from these dangerous products.

In essence, wood that is both imported and manufactured domestically is often being treated with formaldehyde and other dangerous chemicals. While these compounds help to treat, protect and otherwise affect the wood in beneficial ways, the toxins present in the wood can be extremely harmful to those who are directly exposed to it both during and post-manufacturing.

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