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Consumer Think safety when using extension cords Think safety when using extension cords
Extension cords can be a trip hazard. That's why so many people try to cover them up with a throw rug or small piece of carpet.

John Drengenberg, a safety expert at UL, says that's something you should never do.
Consumer Help your cat or dog slim down Help your cat or dog slim down
It’s estimated that more than half of all the dogs and cats in this countyr are overweight or obese. These extra pounds cause all sorts of health problems and can lead to premature death.
Consumer Don't waste your money on diet pills Don't waste your money on diet pills
A new survey by our news partners at Consumer Reports finds that one in three Americans believe that weight loss supplements are the best way to drop the pounds – better than diet and exercise.
Consumer How to prevent space heater fires How to prevent space heater fires
It's that time of year again, unfortunately, for space heater fires. The State Fire Marshall reports that four people in Washington have died in recent house fires started by portable electric space heaters.
Consumer Don't get sacked by fake NFL gear Don't get sacked by fake NFL gear (Video)
Whether it's the jersey of one of your favorite Seahawks or some other official NFL gear- make sure you're dealing with a legit seller. Online imposters claim to sell you the real thing at a good price, but you'll only get cheap, flimsy knock-offs that quickly fall apart. Most are made illegally in China. And if you're tricked into buying a fake- you're stuck. With no recourse.
Consumer Mood-improving light bulbs Mood-improving light bulbs (Video)
LED light bulbs are game changers. They promise to last anywhere from 23 to 46 years. And thanks to electronic circuitry and semiconductor chips, they have the potential to do more than just turn on and off. Consumer Reports checks out several.
Consumer Water line insurance: Read the fine print Water line insurance: Read the fine print (Video)
When you buy a house, you're responsible for all repairs to the water and sewer lines on the property. If there's a leak or a sewer line back-up, you pay the bill for everything between your house and the street. unless you have special insurance. but one KOMO viewer who 'purchased' the insurance got a big shock when she tried to file a claim.