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Monday, June 15, 2009

Shread the Evidence!

We live in a crazy world. The need for security, for you and your family, is as great as ever. In dealing with an online business the Mom in the Know has learned that it does not take much to draw the attention of those that are up to no good. Identity theft has become a multi-million dollar detriment for the world and all of us need to take extra precautions to protect our accounts, our identities, and our families.

One simple way to enhance the security in your life is through the use of a shredder. While many of us have turned to the green approach that eliminates as much paper from our lives as possible, we still handle documents of a sensitive nature. Receipts, bank statements, credit card statements, invoices, business communications, and hundreds of other papers that inundate our lives are open invitations to identity thieves. A quality shredder (and the devotion to utilizing one) can provide an easy, efficient means for eliminating many of those concerns.
Our friends at Fellowes, creators of the world’s toughest shredders, opened our eyes to gifts of a quality office tool. Kristen from the Golin Harris Corporation (Public Relations Representatives of Fellowes, Inc. of the Fellowes company) contacted us to discuss a new “Spring Clean the Home Office” campaign that highlighted the seasonal rite of passage as an opportunity to improve your home office and develop new habits that will enhance organization and encourage sound business practice moving forward. It sounded like a perfect time to jump on board, so Kristen hooked us up with one of the elite shredders on the market: the Fellowes PS-79Ci.

This thing has been amazing. It’s loaded with beneficial features, designed to shred paper, plastic (as in credit cards and computer disks), and compact discs. The Jam Proof System Operation eliminates troublesome jams by providing a lighted gauge to help the user avoid overloads while also warning of misfed paper (on their website you will find an outstanding video that demonstrates the benefits of this feature). The Patented SafeSense Technology can sense the proximity of your hands and will immediately cease shredding to avoid potential injury. SilentShred Technology keeps the machine running a quiet, smooth rate to avoid nuisance noises that can often disrupt office communications. Maintenance is a breeze as the machine includes a cleaning auto-start infrared system to warn the user when cleaning is needed to avoid complications. Oiling the shredder is as easy as pie, and it’s all spelled out in a well-organized manual with outstanding illustrations that make the entire operation feel seamless.

The Fellowes PS-79Ci shredder has become one of the beneficial tools in the office. It’s been everything Kristen promised and more. It’s increased our recycling efforts, it’s helped the entire family embrace a new sense of security, and the office is as clean and organized as ever. Fellowes offers a full line of shredders with a model that is sure to fit your needs. Their customer support is outstanding and their dedication to superior products and quality relationships with their clients shows why they’ve become the leader in shredding products.

The Mom in the Know is sold. Check out Fellowes today and put their shredders to use for you, your home office, and your family.

A little information from our friends at Fellowes about Home Safety Month:

Home Office Safety Tips:
Simple Steps Help Ensure Your Family’s Safety at Home

June is Home Safety Month and a perfect time for everyone to re-evaluate the safety of their homes to ensure family members are well-protected. While approximately half of all injuries occur in and around the home , many people in the U.S. are focused on preventing fires, burns and poisonings, and ignore potential safety hazards associated with the home office. The Home Safety Council, a national nonprofit focused on preventing injury in and around the home, reminds families to keep an eye out for risks in the home office.

Home offices are growing in popularity. In fact, nearly 45 million Americans work from home at least one day-a-week , and an even larger number maintain a home office for household business tasks like paying bills and filing taxes each year.

While working from home adds convenience, office supplies and equipment, such as paper shredders, can pose a potential safety risk. But as the threat of identity theft continues to rise, impacting 9.9 million Americans in 2008 , paper shredders are an essential piece of home office equipment to help protect sensitive information.

Fellowes, Inc., the leading shredder manufacturer, recognizes the importance of minimizing risks in the home office and protecting against identity theft. As a result, the company developed a range of shredders that feature a proprietary SafeSense technology, which automatically disables the shredder when sensing hands or large pets are too close to the paper opening.

In honor of Home Safety Month, Fellowes and the Home Safety Council suggest the following home office safety tips to further minimize risk.

Preventing Home Office Injury:
• Keep your work space off-limits to children unless supervised by an adult.
• If you have an entire room devoted to your home office, consider installing a door lock and keeping it locked when not in use.
• When purchasing a paper shredder, look for one with safety features to protect children and large pets from injury.
• Unplug shredders and other office equipment when not in use.
• Keep scissors, letters openers and all sharp office supplies in a drawer and out of harm’s reach.
• Install safety covers in unused electrical outlets.
• Make sure all electrical cords are not cracked or worn and in good condition.
• Look for certification labels from an independent testing laboratory such as ETL or UL when using extension cords, power strips and surge protectors or other electronic equipment.
• Store printers and ink cartridges in a high cabinet out of a child’s reach.
• Keep file cabinets closed when not in use and securely fasten shelving units to the wall so they cannot tip. Don’t permit children to climb on any furniture.
• Thumb tacks, paper clips and other small objects are choking hazards. Keep these where children cannot see or reach them.

About the Home Safety Council
The Home Safety Council® (HSC) is the only national nonprofit organization solely dedicated to preventing home related injuries that result in nearly 20,000 deaths and 21 million medical visits on average each year. Through national programs, partnerships and the support of volunteers, HSC educates people of all ages to be safer in and around their homes. For more information about the organization and to learn how to protect all areas of the home, visit

About Fellowes, Inc.
Headquartered in Itasca, Ill., Fellowes, Inc. offers an impressive range of products to equip the workspace, including paper shredders, binders and laminators, desktop accessories and record storage solutions. Fellowes, Inc. owns and operates subsidiaries in Canada, United Kingdom, Benelux, France, Germany, Italy, Poland, Spain, Russia, Singapore, Japan, Korea, China and Australia. The company employs more than 2,700 people throughout the world and expects global sales in excess of $700 million this year. Fellowes is a proud supporter of the Home Safety Council. For more information, visit

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Well, aside from a mom and a wife, I'm a person who wants the best for all of us. I have two daughters, two dogs, and a husband – all of whom I wanted to be at home for – so I put my talents to use, looking out for my family. Shopping (well, kinda you send me the products!). Surfing the Internet. Meeting new people. Recommending products to friends, after I fall in love with them. And figuring out how to make products better.


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