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Hints from Heloise: Extenders may be available for car seat belts

DEAR HELOISE: I would like to suggest to your readers that they ask for seat-belt extenders for their cars.

Most people do not know that they are available, but you have to ask for them. They are free. If you do not need them for yourself, you may need them for someone who will be in your car in the future.

– Pamela W. In Ohio

DEAR PAMELA: Seat-belt extenders are an important part of a vehicle, but, unfortunately, they are not available for all makes and models of cars. If you want an extender, you must contact the car dealer. The dealer may ask you to sign a waiver saying that you know about the warnings related to effectiveness and liability when using extenders.

DEAR HELOISE: When I find little packets of desiccants (silica-gel packets) in boxes to keep moisture out of the contents, I wonder if it is safe to put one in my cracker jar. I did try it, and the crackers stayed just as crisp and fresh as when I opened it – but is this safe?

– Vicki A. In Idaho

DEAR VICKI: Although these packets are nontoxic, they are not recommended for use with food (unless the packets came packaged with that particular food item). To keep your crackers fresh, store them in an airtight container or even the freezer.

There are many other areas in your home where you could reuse silica-gel packets, but don’t use them when storing food.