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The Underwriters Laboratory (UL) is a product-safety testing and certifica- tion organization. The UL logo on electrical appliances, fire extinguishers, and other products indicates that the product has passed strict safety standards. Snell, a nonprofit foundation, and the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) monitor safety stan- dards for helmets and other protective equipment. Look for their logos on any equipment you are thinking of buying. Recommendations. Talk to people who have used the product that you are considering purchasing. Parents or other trusted adults are good sources of information. Independent testing organizations such as the Consumers Union rate products. warranty Comparison shopping 50 Accessing product information before you go to the store makes comparison shopping easier. Where can you find information on the safety and effectiveness of protective equipment? Chapter 3 Being a Health-Literate Consumer
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51 Lesson 1 Making Consumer Choices Bring in the container or label of a personal care product that you use. Draw the label on a large sheet of construction paper. Using the above sample as a guide, draw arrows and label the different types of information. Use online Internet or library resources to find out more about the product. Write this additional information on the back of the paper. Tell the class about your product. Discuss whether you will continue using this product, and explain why or why not. A C T I V I T Y Reading Product Labels You can use the information on a product label to make an informed decision about whether to purchase the product. Study the label below, and then complete the activity for practice in evaluating products. ACTIVE INGREDIENTS: Avobenzone, Octocrylene, Octyl Salicylate, Oxybenzone PRODUCT’S INTENDED USE: Provides protection against both UVA and UVB rays to help prevent sunburn, premature aging, and skin cancer. PRECAUTIONS: Discontinue use if signs of irritation or rash appear. Avoid contact with eyes. DIRECTIONS FOR USE: Apply liberally to all exposed areas before sun exposure. Waterproof for up to 80 minutes of swimming. Reapply after swimming, excessive perspiration, or vigorous activity. MANUFACTURER’S CONTACT INFORMATION: Call 800-555-1234 Weekdays 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Eastern Time. SPF 35 SUNBUSTER LOTION SUNBUSTER LOTION PRODUCT LABELS One way to compare two similar products is to read their labels. Important information on product labels includes the product’s name and intended use, directions for use, precautions and warnings, manufacturer’s information, and the amount in the container. On most labels you’ll find the ingredients listed by weight in descending order. The label will also identify the active ingredients— the ones that make the product effective. This means that when you are com- paring two acne medications, for example, you can compare labels to determine which contains more of the active ingredient.
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