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 VOL. 8, ISSUE 9 - SEPTEMBER 2015

In This Issue

Car Seats for Kids: Better Designs and Better Safety Testing

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Dental Emergencies Require Quick Action

Consumer Feedback:
Albert Nahman Plumbing and Heating


New
Diamond Certified Companies



Savvy Tips of the Month

Preparing for Design

Plumbing 101

How to Use Small Claims Court


Diamond Certified Quick Links

SAVVY CONSUMER TIPS

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COMPANIES


PERFORMANCE
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Car Seats for Kids:
Better Designs and Better Safety Testing

 
  When buying car seats for your kids, make sure to account for their age, weight and height. Photo: American Ratings Corporation

The other day, I was about to hop in the back seat of my friend’s SUV, but I quickly changed my mind. The child safety seats—one for an infant and one for a preschooler—had been carefully installed and appeared to be permanently locked down.

Car seats have improved dramatically in both safety and design since they gained more widespread use in the ’70s. Today, most people know that young children should sit in the back of a car and use some kind of safety seat until they’re about 12 years old, depending on their weight. You’ll probably have to invest in three different types of seats (which I’ll describe below) before your children are old enough to use regular seatbelts.

Infant seats have detachable carriers and are used facing backward. Most will accommodate kids up to 40 pounds.

Convertible seats
can be used facing forward or backward and are designed for children up to 70 pounds. A convertible seat should be rear-facing until your child reaches the height or weight limit of the seat, at which point it can be turned around in the back seat.

Booster seats
are used once your child gets too big for a convertible seat. The booster allows children to be high enough for the seat belt to fit them correctly. Safety experts prefer boosters with high backs for better positioning of the shoulder belts. Kids outgrow booster seats when they’re 8 to 12 years old and about 57 inches tall.

Buying your first safety seat can be overwhelming—besides fitting your child, it’s important to make sure the seat will work in your particular car. Fortunately, Consumer Reports magazine just rated different safety seats using a new and improved crash test protocol that’s designed to help you choose wisely (September 2015 issue). Safety experts also suggest having your seat installation checked. The Bay Area has many inspection stations, which you can find by entering your zip code at www.seatcheck.org.

A couple of final points: A seat can be reused, but be sure to look for its expiration date (seats expire because they’re made of plastic and weaken over time). And once a car seat has been damaged in a crash, it should be discarded.

Extra:
History of the car seat slideshow

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Dental Emergencies Require Quick Action

 

A dental emergency should be handled by your dentist, not the ER. Photo: Lovely Manlapaz Teodoro DDS

When someone in your family has a tooth damaged or knocked out in an accident, you might mistakenly think you should go to the emergency room rather than call your dentist. However, according to Dr. James R. Mattingly, a Diamond Certified dentist, the best thing to do in a dental emergency is use the “ASAP” formula.

“A” is for always see a dentist first instead of going to the ER. In most cases, emergency rooms can’t do anything about a tooth problem. “S” is for swelling—use a cold pack on your cheek to control inflammation. “A” is for Advil or Aleve, both of which will help with the pain and swelling. “P” is for priority: waiting can increase pain and infection, so the sooner you see a dentist, the better chance you have of saving the tooth.

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Kudos from Diamond Certified Consumers

From a recent call to Diamond Certified:

Ruth S. called to order a 2015 Diamond Certified Directory. While on the phone, she said she had a good experience with Albert Nahman Plumbing and Heating. She said they had a good attitude and that’s what she values. She also said they didn’t complain when they had to come back to finish the job. Her experience was so good that she started looking into other Diamond Certified companies. She says she’s too old to be messing about and arguing with companies.
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