Be safe this Halloween by carrying a flashlight.
But not by carrying one of these from Target.
The firm has received eight reports of flashlights overheating and melting, including one report of burns to the hand.
This recall involves two types of Halloween-themed flashlights: the mini flashlights and flashlights sold with stencils.
Mini Flashlights: The mini flashlights have a key ring extending from the bottom and were sold in a pack of three colors: orange, green and black. The orange and purple packaging has “Mini Flashlights (3 Pack)” printed on the front and “DGI,” “Made in China” and “DPCI# 234-02-1813” printed on the back.
Standard Size Flashlights: Also included in the recall are standard sized flashlights with a black handle and an orange top. The flashlights were sold with six stencils in various colors and images: a pumpkin, ghost, spider, cat, witch and skull & cross-bones. “Flashlight with Stencil” is printed on the front and “Tien Hsing,” “Made in China” and ”234 02 1838” is printed on the back of the packaging.
When dealing with a carbon footprint as large as the Big Apple's, replacing residential conventional heating oil with biofuel to reduce the city's emissions seems like bailing out the Titanic with a Dixie Cup.
Still, that's what Brooklyn-based Boro Fuel is doing, by introducing BioGreen™, an alternative heating fuel for residences. Available on the market November 1, BioGreen™ is a blend of traditional heating oil and 10% soybean oil. With only traces of sulfur, the green fuel's emissions are reduced; BioGreen™ also lubricates the home's heating system parts, which may reduce the number of service needs even as it adds to the heating system's lifespan. According to Boro Fuel's new website, BioGreenNY.com, the alternative fuel costs the same as traditional heating oil, and New Yorkers will actually earn a 10 cent tax credit for every gallon purchased through 2011. Even better: Your home's heating system doesn't need any alterations to run on the stuff.
It sounds like Brooklyn residents don't have a reason not to try it. Personally, I think every little bit helps. And last time I checked, Brooklyn had a population of about 2.5 million. That's a lot of Dixie Cups...