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Why is there a fire truck in my driveway?

We all get too many emails.

Of course with the recent activerain issues I have not been getting nearly as many as I used to.  I would love to see that issue resolved, as I think that it really interferes with the normal “conversations” on our blogs that we have all grown accustomed to.

But that is a whole other issue and I hope that activerain is working hard to resolve it.

For those of us that buy things---and who is not among that group---there is one email that we should all be getting.

We should all, as consumers, subscribe to the Consumer Product Safety Commission’s email list for notifications about product recalls.

Just today I got a notice about a recall of more than 4 million box type household fans that have caused several house fires.

How else is one going to find out about these recalls?

Certainly when the fire trucks come to a screeching halt in ones driveway, it is likely too late!

So SUBSCRIBE TODAY ---it is an email you should not be without.

If you are a consumer that is.


Charles Buell, Seattle Home Inspector


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Comment balloon 17 commentsCharles Buell • March 25 2011 09:44AM


That is great advise Charles! I had just signed up for these important notifications…

Posted by Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS, Tacoma Washington Agent/Broker & Market Authority! (RE/MAX Northwest.) about 8 years ago

Charles - Thanks for that timely information.. Going to go sign up now

Posted by Robert Hammerstein, Bergen County NJ Real Estate (Keller Williams Valley Realty) about 8 years ago

Thank you Charles, I will certainly sign up.  This is great info to send to you SOI too.

Have a wonderful weekend!

Posted by Ann Allen Hoover, CDPE SRES ASP e-PRO Realtor - Homes for Sale - AL (RE/MAX Advantage South) about 8 years ago

Consider it done and forwarded.

Great tip for all.....consumers

Enjoy the day

Posted by Don MacLean, Realtor - Homes For Sale - Franklin MA (Simolari & MacLean REMAX EXECUTIVE REALTY) about 8 years ago

Thanks Charles, They have a nice widget to put on your website also. As always, you have great information and rescources.

Posted by Brian Persons, Certified Master Inspector (Brian Persons Front Range Home Inspections) about 8 years ago

Great info, can I pass along to my family and friends! I really enjoy your blog.

Posted by Shannon Coe, 916-597-3818, Lincoln, Rocklin, Loomis, Roseville (Keller Williams) about 8 years ago

Charles - Great advice for consumers.  It's sometimes interesting to scan their website to see the potentially hazardous issues we face.

Posted by John Mulkey, Housing Guru ( about 8 years ago

Mr. Charles, yes indeed it would be far to late to find out about the recall because of a firetruck in your driveway.... :D

Posted by Andrea Swiedler, Realtor, Southern Litchfield County CT (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices New England Properties) about 8 years ago

Sounds like some good information there, gonna do it. Would hate for something bad to happen before knowing something was recalled. They do not recall the products that are okay to have and use.

Posted by Tom Arstingstall, General Contractor, Dry Rot, Water Damage Sacramento, El Dorado County - (916) 765-5366, General Contractor, Dry Rot and Water Damage (Dry Rot and Water Damage Mobile - 916-765-5366) about 8 years ago

Paul, yes---this is one email we should all be getting

Robert, you are welcome

Ann, I think if more people subscribed to these email the word about dangerous products would travel faster

Don, thanks

Brian, I will have to check their widget out

Shannon, thanks---glad to have you stop by

John, can you imagine working there :)

Andrea, yup :)

Tom, and except for "exceptionally" dangerous things most recalls won't make the five o'clock news.

Posted by Charles Buell, Seattle Home Inspector (Charles Buell Inspections Inc.) about 8 years ago

Mr Charles,

I cannot make heads nor tails out of this post.


Posted by Steven L. Smith, Bellingham WA Home Inspector (King of the House Home Inspection, Inc.) about 8 years ago

I am signed up to get two different CPSC recall notices - household stuff and (new grandchild) toys.  It is frightening what comes across every day!

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) about 8 years ago

Mr Charles,

I am thinking that we should now announce to the world that I am buying into your firm and we shall be 50/50 partners in Buell/Wallenda Inspectors. We can let the cat out of the bag.



Posted by Steven L. Smith, Bellingham WA Home Inspector (King of the House Home Inspection, Inc.) about 8 years ago

I now 'consume' less that at any oither time in my life, but getting the notifications; good recommendation. Thanks for the link.

Posted by Robert Butler, Montreal Home Inspector | Aspect Inspection (Aspect Inspection) about 8 years ago

Mr Charlies,

I am still hankering to announce that I am taking equal footing in your firms.


Posted by Steven L. Smith, Bellingham WA Home Inspector (King of the House Home Inspection, Inc.) about 8 years ago

Hi Charles, Thanks! I've checked with CPSC every week or so for updates on the Chinese Drywall issues, but never subscribed. As of today, I'm subscribed :) Thanks, jay

Posted by Jay Lloyd, Allpro Home Inspection (Cape Coral Florida) about 8 years ago

Nutsy, why am I not surprised?

Jay that sounds like a lot of "deleting":)

Robert, me too----but we still all have our "stuff" I guess

Nutsy, you are going to be hankering a loooooong time

Jay, it is amazing the stuff you hear about once subscribed

Posted by Charles Buell, Seattle Home Inspector (Charles Buell Inspections Inc.) about 8 years ago