Due to an electrical issue that poses a significant fire hazard, 1.6 million Maytag refrigerators are being recalled. Maytag, Jenn-Air, Amana, Admiral, Magic Chef, Performa by Maytag and Crosley brand refrigerators are affected by the recall. There have been 41 reports of electrical failure so far, including 16 that have resulted in property damage. The recall affects side-by-side refrigerators with a combination of serial numbers ending in AA, AC, AE, AG, AJ, AL, AN, AP, AR, AT, AV, AX, CA, CC, CE, CG, CJ, CL, ZB, ZD, ZF, ZH, ZK, ZM, ZQ, ZS, ZU, ZW, ZY, ZZ with model numbers beginning with ARS, CS, JC, MS, MZ, PS. Top-freezer models with serial numbers ending with AA, AC, AE, AG, AJ, AL, AN, AP, AR, AT, AV, AX, ZK, ZM, ZQ, ZS, ZU, ZW, ZY, ZZ with model numbers beginning with AT, CT, MT, PT are also affected by the recall. The refrigerators were sold between January 2001 and January 2004. Affected consumers should contact Maytag to schedule a free in-home repair at (866) 533-9817 or via its Web site.
The official start of spring is only about a week away and, as the warmer weather approaches, gardening guru Jeffrey Restuccio (recently featured in Health News Digest,) has some useful tips. His latest book, Get Fit through Gardening, includes gardening tips that also contribute to our fitness and health. Restuccio says that gardening isn't just about planting seeds and watering the soil; it's also about moving your body and boosting your well-being. To do it right, he offers some tips:
1) Make sure to stretch before and after you bend down to pull those weeds or rake that hoe. "Your body will thank you."
2) Give your gardening routine some variety while balancing out where to give your body a workout by mixing your gardening chores every three to five minutes. "Don't hoe or rake for hours on end."
3) It's in the legs: Protect your back by bending from the knees and keeping your back straight when you squat. That way, you won't wake up sore the next day.
4) Make sure to adjust your garden tools' lengths to fit your height, which will save your body from stooping and strain.