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Shredders Put Kids and Pets At Risk

Worries of identity theft has driven millions of Americans to buy document-shredding machines. Now, safety officials and pediatricians are warning they can be hazardous, particularly to children and pets. Read more in my story about this in today's Post.

By Stacey Garfinkle |  March 9, 2006; 7:03 AM ET Consumer News
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I *never* leave my shredder plugged in! I do that not only as a basic safety step, but I realized how much my cat was obessed by the shredder! I don't want shredded kitty paws so I keep it unplugged. Pretty simple solution.

Posted by: consumer X | March 10, 2006 10:11 AM

Injuries to 50 children and five pets from millions of shredders nationwide? Doesn't this indicate that the chance of such an injury is literally a one-in-a-million occurrence? Couldn't this article have been written about nearly any household object that has a sharp edge?

Posted by: Tom T. | March 10, 2006 10:45 AM

My cats like to play with the shredded paper in the trash can, but it never occurred to me that they might get hurt by the shredder. From now on I'll unplug mine whenever it's not in use.

Posted by: Carolyn | March 10, 2006 1:29 PM

Posted by: Michael Camiolo | March 10, 2006 9:02 PM

The point is that stupid people should not be allowed to have children or pets!

Posted by: grumpy | March 13, 2006 1:53 PM

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