RECALL: IKEA PATRULL Sensor Nightlights

electrical shock hazard

RECALL: IKEA PATRULL Sensor Nightlights

patrull lightlight recall

Health Canada, the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission (US CPSC), and IKEA have jointly recalled the PATRULL nightlights with sensors in the following models (the article number is printed on the packaging):

Model Name - Article Number

  • PATRULL nightlight with sensor orange - 302.411.40
  • PATRULL nightlight with sensor white - 502.390.23
  • PATRULL nightlight with sensor pink - 702.411.38

The plastic covering on the nightlight may detach, exposing electrical elements and posing a shock hazard.

While Health Canada has not received any reports of incidents relating to the nightlights, one young child in Austria who removed the light from the socket received an electric shock. The child suffered minor wounds on the hand.

Customers are advised to unplug and stop using the nightlight immediately and return it to an IKEA store for a full refund.

For further information, customers may contact IKEA Canada at 1-800-661-9807 or visit the company's website.

From August 2013 to July 2015, approximately 83,000 of the lights were sold in Canada, and approximately 359,000 in the U.S.

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Boy Leaves Sweetest Note Inside Library Book

Take a page out of this Kid's book

Boy Leaves Sweetest Note Inside Library Book

note found in library book

If I had a buck for every time I took out a children's book, only to find pages of it scribbled upon or shorn. More than once I've done my best tape job then handed back the book to the library with a sheepish "there's damage here but it wasn't my kid." 

Well, a Toronto boy knows a thing about honesty being the best policy and respecting public property. His name is Jackson, by total coincidence. Even his writing looks like my son's, but alas, I can't take credit for the little guy who returned his book to the Main Street branch with the following hand-written note:


Found in the book drop @ Main Street branch :) Here's to many more nights falling asleep with a good book, Jackson!

Posted by Toronto Public Library on Saturday, August 15, 2015


Ah, the feels. Even my husband thought it was my son and had to run the handwriting test past me.

"Obviously they loved [the book] and wanted others to be able to enjoy it," said the librarian Ella McLeish.

No wonder Jackson's note went viral. 

Of course accidents do happen. As parents we can mitigate as much as possible by supervising toddlers with borrowed books (and hiding the crayon box!) and if that backfires, involving them in the repair. They could also donate new books to pay for damaged ones. 

As a kid I suffered from sudden, violent nosebleeds. One such incident in elementary school saw the double-page spread of a school library book I was reading splattered, Tarantino style. I was beyond mortified. I worried sick about that book, and seriously thought I would be expelled. 

These days I'm not sure many kids share Jackson's (or my younger self's) accountability, and that's unfortunate. 

More of us would do with taking a note out of his parents' book by teaching our kids early on to look after public belongings as if they were their own.

Image Source: Facebook

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Parents Terrify Daughters in Internet Experiment

How far would you go to keep your child safe online? 

Parents Terrify Daughters in Internet Experiment

social experiments for teens

How far would you go to keep your child safe online? Three sets of New Jersey parents worked with Coby Persin as part of a social experiment to see whether their teen daughters would meet a stranger they'd only interacted with online.

In the viral YouTube video, The Dangers Of Social Media, three girls between 12 and 14 years-old fell prey to the experiment in which Persin pretends to be the fictitious 15 year-old Jason Biazzo on Facebook.

In all cases, the girls wait till their parents are gone before either giving their home address to Biazzo (Persin) or heading off to meet him on their own.

In all cases, the girls are surprised to meet their outraged parents - in one situation, hiding in the back of a van wearing ski masks - and Persin.

“What would have happened if you came out and it wasn’t us sitting back here, and there were really crazy people sitting back here,” asks the girl's mother.

Though Persin means well, the footage feels painful and disarming to watch, as the teens are clearly traumatized by the ordeal. 

Does the end justify the means in this case? Maybe.

Maybe such scare tactics are needed to get the message through to kids once and for all that internet dangers are real. They are not just the stylized plots of CSI and movies starring Liam Neeson. 

Predators pose as young people online all the time. The world is different than the one we grew up in. You can't take what you see on Facebook at face value. 

Image Source: YouTube/Coby Persin

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