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Howard G. Smith, M.D. is a former radio medical editor and talk show host in the Boston Metro area. His "Medical Minute" of health and wellness news and commentary was a regular weekday feature on WBZ-AM, WRKO-AM, and WMRE-AM. His popular two-way talk show, Dr. Howard Smith OnCall, was regularly heard Sunday morning and middays on WBZ.

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Dec 14, 2020




The CPSC and Thermo Tents USA Inc. are recalling 3 tents in the Mór series: Crua Tri, Crua Loj, and Crua Cottage.  These tents are not fire-retardant though labelled as such.  About 260 of these tents were sold online via,,,,,, and  Stop using these tents around any open flames.  Thermo Tents USA says that you can contact them by calling 1-888-480-2550 to request a new label that states they are not fire-retardant.  To me, this is ludicrous.  I’d contact your point of purchase and arrange to send the tent back for a refund.  Then buy a safe, non-flammable tent.  If you get pushback, call the company or your state’s consumer protection office.


#tent #flammable