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New York City Approved Window Guards for Non-Sleeping Rooms

by Barbara 3. September 2012 05:39

Question about which child safety window guards are approved for use in New York City.

Q: "We are converting a warehouse into apartments. Which window guards are approved for use in New York City? Thanks. Tim."

Answer: The John Sterling 1120 series fixed window guards are New York City Approved window bars for non sleeping areas. Approvals for the JS-1120 series are #HDWG 05-87-86 and HDWG-04-93-09 for use only in double hung style windows.  Never install on a window leading to a fire escape even if this is a non-sleeping room. Check your local borough code for approved window guards for sleeping rooms. Remember that most fire truck ladders can reach only to the 6th story. We recommend that residents in apartment buildings have regularly tested smoke alarms, fire extinguishers, a fire escape plan and smoke hoods.

The JS-1120 series come in a variety of sized. Included are the mounting screws and the window guard unit. These guards offer increased home security and child safety. Just enter the product code/codes of the units you want to see them on our webiste.

The white John Sterling 1120 series come in these sizes.

  • JS-1123-P: 15 inch high bars, expand from 23-42 inches
  • JS-1123-L : 15 inch high bars, expand from 42-58 inches
  • JS-1123-S : 15 inch high bars, expand from 14- 24 inches
  • JS-1124:      20 inch high bars, expand from 23-42 inches
  • JS-1125    : 25 inch high bars, expand from 23-42 inches

The black John Sterling 1120DB series come in these sizes. These unit take 2 to 6 weeks for delivery after they are ordered.

  • JS-1123-PDB : 15 inch high bars, expand from 23-42 inches
  • JS-1123-LDB : 15 inch high bars, expand from 42-58 inches
  • JS-1123-SDB : 15 inch high bars, expand from 14- 24 inches
  • JS-1124-DB   : 20 inch high bars, expand from 23-42 inches
  • JS-1125-DB   : 25 inch high bars, expand from 23-42 inches

John Sterling Fixed Mount Security Window Guard 1120 Series Features:

  • Window Type to Protect: Double Hung
  • Location of Windows: Not in a sleeping Room
  • Spacing between bars: 4.5 inches.
  • Diameter of Bars: 5/16th Inch.
  • Standard Color: Off White. Note: Black option requires 3 to 6 weeks for manufacture.
  • Construction: Steel window guards
  • Strength Test: Tested to withstand 150 lb. force at maximum extended width.
  • Permanently Fixed: Do NOT swing open for easy exit in case of emergency.
  • Made in USA.
  • Manufacturers Limited Warranty: Replacement of any part found defective in material or workmanship. Warranty is limited strictly to replacement of the defective part and does not cover any other expenses which may arise in the use or replacement of such part.
  • Mounting Options: Recessed or Surface Mount. Surface Mount burglar bar installation is easier as screws are easier to drive and less accessible to intruders on the outside.
  • Tamper Resistant: Option to drill out the Phillips cross slots in each screw to make tamper resistant.
  • Installation Options: Double Hung windows only. Mount security bars over both upper and lower window sashes or over lower sash only as desired.
WARNING for Series 1120 Series Sterling Window Guards:
Use of this product on a fire escape window in New York is illegal, could be a serious safety hazard and could result in a fine by the Department of Buildings.  Some communities require a quick means of easy escape from window guards in some applications.  Check your local codes.

John Sterling Window Security Guards when properly installed will tend to discourage illegal intruders.  But no protection is absolute.  With enough time and tools a determined criminal can defeat any barrier.

Installation Requirements:
  • Install only in solid, non-rotting window tracks.  Expand Guard to fit tightly into outside window track.
  • Temporarily support Guard in level position NO MORE THAN 4-1/2 inches from sill to upper half of bottom bar.  Mark location of holes on each side.  Remove Guard and drill 5/32" diameter. pilot holes 1" deep.
  • Re-position Guard and mount with #10 one way screws (included.)
  • Raise the inner window NO MORE THAN 4-1/2" above the lower half of the top bar.  Position "L" shaped stops so as to limit the opening above the Window Guard to a maximum of 4-1/2.

Please contact us for quantity prices. As the quantity increases, our cost decreases and your price decreases, too.

Thanks for your question.

Sincerely,

Barbara

Grab Bars Reduce Falls for Elderly and Others When Installed in Bathrooms

by Barbara 1. July 2012 07:56

Question about standard and ADA grab bars types and installation.

Q: "My mother is sometimes unsteady on her feet. We have installed a Locked toilet seat riser. Now we are looking for grab bars to install in her bathtub shower combination and along side the toilet. What are some of our options? Thanks. Mary."

Answer: According to the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) standards for grab bars near toilets are:

For commercial projects, ANSI 117.1 requires three grab bars:

  1. a 36" horizontal grab bar behind the toilet, starting 12" from the corner. The bar should be mounted at 33-36" above the floor.
  2. a 42" horizontal grab bar on the side wall, starting 12" from the corner
  3. an 18" vertical grab bar 39 to 40" from the corner, starting 39 to 41" above the floor.

Until recently, most jurisdictions required only two horizontal grab bars. Some regulations now require all three bars. For home use, you have more flexibility in how and where grab bars are placed.

Home grab bar installations can be vertical, horizontal or diagonal.

1. Vertical grab bars  (straight up or down).  Have a handyman or carpenter install grab bars into studs or use anchoring devices.  A shorter vertical bar mounted at the tub or shower entrance helps the person to enter or exit without losing their balance and falling..  Two more grab bars in the shower or tub let the person rise from the tub or bath chair or give more stability when the person is washing herself or himself. Usually the grab bars are 12, 16 or 18 inches long. We also sell Lumex Chrome Grab Bars - 32 Inch, Knurled that have better gripping surface and have a 250 lb. weight capacity. Save if you need several by buying the Chrome Grab Bars, 32 In Knurled, 3/CS by Medline.  For those with glass sliding tub doors, the grab bars offer a secure way to regain balance.  In order to install this grab bar for my mother, the handyman had to remove the 1950's glass sliding doors as the door track interfered with the mounting.

2. Horizontal handicap grab bars. This installation gives the option of using the grab bar as a towel bar, too.  Typcially wall studs are 16 inches apart on center. If you examine other exposed areas of your home, you can determine more accurately where the centers are in the studs. Otherwise use a hollow wall anchor system available at hardware stores.  That is why 16 inch, 32 inch and 48 inch grab bars are most common.

3. Diagonal  installed. At the side of my Mom's toilet, there is a diagonally installed 32 inch grab bar. Installation may be more difficult. The positives are that grabbing a diagononal bar puts less stress on one's wrist. If installed in a shower, the diagonal bar is preferred by those who face only the shower head.  The horizontal bar has can be used facing forward or backward but the height if obviously the same no matter where one grabs.

Grab bars are  measured from the center of one flange (the round area that conceals the screws) to the center of the other flange. The flange covers typically measure about 1.5 inches on either side of the grab bar. So add three inches to the total length of the grab bar you need.

Safe Home sells quality grab bars from Lumex (Graham Field Health Products) and Medline Industries. Most are sold in packages of 3, all the same size. Lumex has individual packages as well. Your material/color choices include Chrome plated, White enamel over steel and Nickel Plated Steel. ADA compliant grab bars include the Carex brand from Medline in 12, 16, 18, and 24 inch sizes. Additional lengths are available. Just send us an email if your grab bars must be compliant with ADA.

Safe Home also advises that you treat ceramic flooring and porcelain bathtubs to reduce the risks of slip and fall accidents. Both are slippery when wet. GripOn is easily applied by anyone who can use a mop and a bucket. Us of Grip On anti-slip treatment also means no need for suction cup bath tub mats!

Thank you for your question. Please look at the options on SafeHomeProducts.com and email any questions to Sales@SafeHomeProducts.com or phone us at 877-358-0900.

California Law Effective July 1, 2011 for Installation of Carbon Monoxide Alarms in All Single Family Homes

by Barbara 27. June 2011 14:13

Question about approved carbon monoxide alarms for use in California.

Q: "Do you sell carbon monoxide alarms on the "List of California State Fire Marshal Approved Carbon Monoxide Alarms"? The law now requires these be installed in every single family dwelling. How quickly can they be shipped. Thanks. Steve."

Answer: Yes, we do sell several approved carbon monoxide alarms. Unless you are ordering a large quantity of units, we ship within 3 business days using either the postal service or UPS.  The Fire Marshall list expires in July 2012.

Costar Models:

Kidde and Kidde Nighthawk Carbon Monoxide Alarms:

If there are other approved Kidde units you would like pricing on, please let us know. We are able to discount larger quantities of these products. Most come in case of 12 or 24 units. Remember you need to install at least one carbon monoxide alarm on each level of your home and one CO alarm in every bedroom where the door is shut at night. Do remember that if you have gas burning appliances like ranges, stoves and furnaces that you also should add gas alarms for propane or natural gas to protect against explosions and fires.

Thank you for bringing this new law to our attention.

Sincerely, Barbara