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Banister Guard Keeps Children From Falls Thru Balcony Balusters

by Barbara 27. May 2018 12:52

Close call: Condo should have had Kid Shield Banister Guard.

Hard to believe it has been over 13 years since our family ski trip to Copper Mountain, Colorado. My sons, one daughter-in-law, 3 granddaughters, 3 grandsons, one au pair and me. Will never forget the terror in his scream

I spotted the balcony in the 2 story condo rental when we arrived. The youngest grandkids were Will and Alex, then 4 and 2. Already operating SafeHomeProducts.com, I warned the adults to keep an eye on them.I recall it was the second or third day when Will got his head caught between the upright posts of the balcony. Screaming alerted us. We rushed to get him out.  It was then that we realized that  Alex was slim enough to slip through the posts. After that, an adult (and the older children) were on alert. Rather unnerving.

We reported this situation to the rental company. Doubt that any action was taken. The next trip: we rented a single story unit.

Make your home safe! Avoid scares like this one!

Sincerely,

Barbara

Portable Mother Baby Scales for Visiting Nurses and Parent Outreach Programs

by Barbara 30. August 2013 07:22

Question about mother baby scales for parent outreach programs.

Q: "What mother baby scales do you recommend for portability and accuracy? We do outreach to new parents through a program at our school. We need a scale that weighs up to 300 lbs." Sue

Answer: There are two Seca scales which were made primarily for your purpose. The first is the Seca 874, which has a 440 lb. capacity.. The second is the Seca 876 with a 550 lb. capacity. There are two scale bags available to transport these scales. The slim lightweight Seca 515 is a flat bag with a shoulder strap. The Seca 414 is a padded suitcase like bag.

Here are some specifications for the Seca 874.

Seca 874 Flat Scale for Mobile Use Has TARE for Mom/Child Weighing

The new Seca 874 digital floor scale is a compact personal weighing scale capable of determining the weight of a child held by its mother with the convenient Mother/Child function. This is a portable medical scale that is unaffected by humidity levels.The Seca 874 features extremely robust construction and easy-to-use design with long-life batteries. The scale is so simple that you need only the tip of your toes to operate it.

Great Stability: The Seca 874 is very light at only 3.8 kg, but also very tough. Reinforced by steel elements in the frame, the scale also boasts a top-quality ribbed surface, extra-strength two-component ABS plastic and Plexiglas. Small children and adults up to 200 kg can be weighed accurately. Especially large leveling bases keep the scale stable on any type of flooring.

Simple Operation: When conducting one examination after the other, no need to bend over repeatedly. Two push buttons on the Seca 874 can be turned on and off with a toe tap. Easy to transport with the built in integrated handle and includes a scale carrier bag of feather-light nylon.

Special mention should be made of the double display that lets the patient and medical personnel read the results from two different directions at the same time. Thanks to a protected toggle switch and a manual power switch, which prevents unintended activation during transport the function of the scale is always ensured even under difficult conditions.

Seca 874 digital floor scale features :
  • Replaces the Seca 872, 880 & Seca 881 Scales
  • Speedy determination of weight of babies and toddlers with the mother/child function.
  • Easy to transport due to compact design, integrated handle and transport case.
  • Low-maintenance due to low power consumption.
  • Both doctor and patient can see the result at the same time in the double display.
  • Non-slip rubber mat and controllable tap-on automatic switch-on.
  • Mother/child function for safe infant weighing
  • A water-repellent carrier bag is included.
  • The flat design and slip-proof surface ensure easy access and a secure stance.
  • The large leveling bases on the bottom ensure stability on any type of flooring.
  • Double display for readout from different positions.
  • Two push buttons for effortless operation with the foot.

Seca 874 digital floor scale specifications :

  • Capacity: 440 lbs / 200 kg
  • Dimensions (WxDxH): 12.5 x 2.25 x 12.25 inches
  • Graduation: 50 g < 150 kg > 100 g /
    0.1 lbs < 330 lbs > 0.2 lbs
  • Power supply: 4 AA batteries
  • Functions: TARE, HOLD, automatic/manual switch-off, mother/child function.
  • Weight: 8.4 lbs
  • Warranty: 2 Years manufacturer warranty.

The Seca 876 has a higher weight capacity. Here are specifications and information on this scale.

The Seca 876 Flat Scale with Integrated Display is a heavy duty professional scale with a large 550 pound capacity. The compact Seca 876 flat scale weighs in at less than 4 kilograms. This scale is nevertheless very stable and suitable for persons weighing up to 250 kilograms. It stands firmly on four leveling bases that guarantee stability, even when small children are weighed while held by an adult. The mother/child-function ascertains the tare of the weight with just the touch of a button. Its light weight makes it ideal for portable use.

Seca 876 Flat Scale with Integrated Display Features:
  • Easy to transport – scale itself weighs only 3.6 kg.
  • Scales intended for mobile use have to be lightweight
  • Suitable for persons weighing up to 250 kilograms
  • Stable low-profile platform for easy step up
  • Large leveling base for high stability
  • Tip-on Automatic switch-on
  • Automatic switch-off
  • Auto-HOLD
  • Mother/Child-function for trouble-free weighing of small children
  • Pounds to Kilograms switch-over
  • Battery power for sites without electrical outlets
Seca 876 Flat Scale with Integrated Display Specifications:
  • Capacity: 550 lbs
  • Graduation: 0.2 lbs < 330 lbs > 0.5 lbs
  • Product Dimensions (W x H x D): 12.3" x 2.3" x 12.4"
  • Product Weight: 9.3 lbs
  • Power supply: Batteries
  • Warranty: 2 year warranty

Either scale would meet your needs.

Thanks for your question.

Sincerely,

Barbara

 

 

Use Cardinal Gates Versa Gate to Block Off Low Picture Window From Toddler

by Barbara 28. June 2013 06:05

Question about how which window guards to install to protect a non-opening picture window from a two year old.

Question: "I have a 7 ft high by 5 ft wide picture window in my second floor apartment. How can I protect my granddaughter from falling through this window? I am considering window guards.

Answer: In our discussion, you explained that the window is a double pane and is within inches of the floor. You are on the second floor of a high rise building.

My suggestion is to use a Versa Gate in Oak with extensions if required to keep her away from the window glass. A double paned window is generally quite resistant to breakage. However, accidents happen.

The versa gate comes in white steel as well as the oak color. You can add extensions if needed. The door in the middle allows you access to the window yet keeps your grandchild out.

My concern with window guards is that your window would have to be covered like prison bars. Installation would require holes drilled in your window frame or beyond it. And the cost would be quite high. If you were to use window guards, you would need two of the Guardian Angel 4 bar 7320 units plus one of the 5 bar 7320 units, an expensive answer to your safety question.

The Versa Gate by Cardinal Gates could be attached to your wall studs. After you no longer need it, the screw holes can be patched in the wall board and no one would realize it had even been there.

Thank you for your question.

Sincerely,

Barbara

Choosing John Sterling Window Guards for Casement Windows Based Upon Screen Sizes

by Barbara 16. July 2012 10:59

Question about John Sterling window guards.

Q: " I have just screen sizes for casement windows I want to protect with window guards. Can you help me? Thanks. Sondra.

Answer:

Here is a list of the screen sizes you provided and the window guards suggested by John Sterling.

If the second dimension is height, then turn the guards to mount vertically like prison bars. Use only the fixed if possible because the swing units could swing down and cause injury to someone.

Please go to the SafeHomeProducts.com website for more information.

Hope this helps. Thanks for your questions.

Sincerely,

Barbara


 

Free Standing Pet Gate or Wall Mounted Child Gate With Door Can Be Extra Wide Gates Using Extensions

by Barbara 11. July 2012 14:26

Question about the Cardinal Gates Home Safety VersaGate

Q: "I need a gate for a extra wide doorway. I have both dogs and small children. Yet I would like to be able to open a door in the gate rather than step over it. Which gate or gates do you recommend? My dogs are small ones. Thanks. Sheri."

Answer: The Versagate VG-65 won the Child Safety House Calls Pediatricians Childproofing Product Award 2010 for its modular system, quality metal construction and its 24 inch door. Choose from white steel, light oak stained beechwood with metal gate frame or black metal.The VersaGate VG-65 Basic Gate System Features:

  • Door Section with 24 inch gate: 40 inches total width
  • Gate Extensions: 2, each 20 inches wide.
  • Two rubber-coated, stabilizing feet to increase stability and prevent scratching floors. Use two for the wide door section and one for each gate extension. Each foot is 6 inches in diameter and one inch high. The bottom is textured to them less likely to skid on a slick floor surface.
  • For maximum stability, the feet can be mounted to the floor.
  • Gate Height: 30.5 Inches.
  • Bar Spacing: 2.25 Inches.
  • Gate and frame are both made from strong, sturdy steel except in the beechwood gate which is wood with a metal frame.
  • Door Operation: Push red safety button and lift handle 90 degrees upwards. Pull gate to open. Close gate and lower handle back to original postion. Gate will click when locked.
  • Your Cardinal Gate is warranted to be free of manufacturing defects for a period of one year from the date of purchase when used in homes, and according to manufacturers instructions. When used commercially, such as day care centers, the warranty is 90 days.
  • All Cardinal Gates are JPMA certified & adhere to guidelines as set forth by the JPMA & the Consumer Products Safety Commission.

The VersaGate VG-65 expands to a maximum of 77.25 inches in width. For each additional 1.25 feet needed (16 inches), add one VG-20 extension.(not included). Or choose the VG-10 (not included) or the VG-40 inch extensions (not included).

For additional stability, attach to side walls for a very stable child gate or dog gate. More effective wall-mounting hardware (vertical hole pattern) means the gate can be removed from the wall without removing the screws. Added feet means the Versagate can be installed in a straight line.  Baseboard shims plus easier mounting to stabilizing feet makes this a great pet gate or child gate for almost any situation.

This has been one of our more popular gates.

Thank you for your questions. If you have more questions, please contact us at sales@safehomeproducts.com or phone us.

Sincerely,

Barbara

 

Childproofing A Home Against the Biggest Home Risks to Children

by Barbara 8. July 2012 06:00

Question about the most common dangers to children in and around homes.

Q: "We have a 6 month old baby, our first. Where should we begin to childproof our home? What are the biggest risks to a toddler or younger child? Thanks. Sue."

Answer: According to the USA Today, July 5, 2012 report, the Consumer Protection Product Safety Commission lists drowning, poisoning and tipping furniture as most common dangers. You may recall the baby crib recall. The cribs our parents used for us and we used for our children and grandchildren can no longer be sold. Remember the double release locks you pushed with your foot and the side dropped?  The Commission received reports and does research to determine which products are safe.

Drowning, poisoning and tipping furniture are considered the most common risks to young children. Cordless window blinds are recommended to reduce risks of strangulation.

The COSC recommends that whatever safety devices you buy for do-it-yourself installation or have installed by handymen or professional childproofers meet voluntary industry standards or are recommended by the Juvenile Products Manufacturers Association.

Common sense tells you that poisons, medications, dishwasher detergent, etc. must be stored in secure places whether that place is a cupboard or a closet.

Here are a few suggestions based upon our customers' purchases:

These are childproofing products that are easily installed and may save the life of your child or grandchild or a visiting child.

Thank you for your questions.

Sincerely,

Barbara

 

Cardinal Gates Silver Deck Shield Net with 1/2 Inch Mesh Openings for Child Safety

by Barbara 25. April 2012 06:12

Question about the advantages of the Cardinal Gates 50 Ft. Silver Deck Netting over the Cardinal Gates Black Deck Shield Netting

Q: "Why is the silver so much more expensive than the black? Why would installing it be better than the black? Thanks. Tom."

Answer: The silver deck shield netting has a longer life and is less visible on light colored decks or when used to block animals (or children) from pushing between the pickets of fences. Both are easily installed using the wire ties, etc. included with each deck net kit. Both are made from polypropylene plastic and UV protected.

The major differences between the silver and the black deck netting are as follows:

  • Thickness: Silver is substantially sturdier and thicker—more than 7 times thicker than black. Black is approximately 0.26mm thick. Silver is approximately 1.98mm thick.
  • Size of openings: Silver: each "mesh" rectangle measures ½-inch hole size .  Black: each "mesh" rectangle measures about 1.25" x .75". 
  • Visibility: silver is even less visible from a distance.
  • Height: 35 inches for black and 36 inches for the silver
  • Can cut with scissors
  • Ideal for homeowner associations
  • Cable ties (provided) to attach uv mesh netting to deck posts.
  • Eye screws (provided) to attach plastic netting to deck surface.

There are two other lengths available.

Thank you for your question.

Sincerely,

Barbara

Sliding Door Lock and Sliding Window Lock for Security and Child Safety

by Barbara 2. January 2012 10:42

Question about how to install a sliding door lock on my interior closet doors, my exterior slider windows and my patio sliding door.

Q: "I do not want to install window guards on my windows but I do want to get some ventilation during the winter months here in Florida. We are on the Atlantic side and the breezes are great right now (January). I am concerned about security on the patio door. and downstairs windows. For the upstairs windows, I am concerned more about child safety when grandkids visit. What do you suggest? Thanks. Julie."

Answer: The Cardinal Gates Patio Door Lock comes only in white. the Patio Door Guardian allows you to lock the door with a 3" gap for ventilation. Use on right and left handed sliding doors. Recognized as "one of the best new child safety products" by the National Safe Kids Campaign in Washington, D.C., the Patio Door Guardian works double duty as both a security device and as a childproofing lock.  This unit has a 2 position spring loaded lock with a left and right stop. The keeper plates allows for a 3 inch ventilation gap without minimizing security. This fits most sliding doors and most windows that are vinyl, aluminum or wood. The questions and answers below should help you make your decision.

A new option for sliding doors is the Cardinal Gate Lock-N-Block Sliding Door Gate This gate requires some minor assembly.

Assembly Instructions

  • Choose appropriate screw-in clamps for your door. Screw clamps into gate. These clips will fasten to your open sliding glass door.
  • Screw the stabilized pads into the opposite side of gate. These fit into C-channel of the door frame.
  • Attach gate to open door with clamps, fitting gate into door jamb. Close door to lock in gate.
  • Screw door stop to sliding track to secure sliding door.

Gate Operation:

  • Push red safety button and lift handle 90 degrees upward.
  • Pull gate to open.
  • Close gate and lower handle back to original position.
  • Gate will click when locked.

Gate Dimensions :

  • Gate width is 24"
  • Height 30.5"
  • Thickness: 1"
  • Bar Spacing 1 7/8"
  • Fits all standard sliding doors 1" and 1.5" thick

Lock and Block Sliding Glass Door Gate Features :

  • Patent Pending! Only sliding glass door gate available on the market today!
  • Securely clamps onto the functional panel of a sliding panel door.
  • Helps reduce the risk of injury to your infant or pet, as well as damage to your sliding screen door.
  • Safety gate swings open in both directions, allowing easy entering and existing.
  • Use gate and screen door simultaneously
  • Steel construction
  • Gate swings open in both directions
  • 1 year manufacturer against warranty defects.
  • Gives visibility to sliding doors so child does not run into the sliding door.
  • Along with parent supervision, parents can feel comfortable leaving the sliding door open allowing the fresh air to circulate.
  • Can also be used as a pet gate.
  • Color: White gate with gray hardware.


Questions and Answers:

  •  Will the Patio Door Guardian work on all Patio Doors? This lock is designed to work on all inside sliding Patio Doors.
  •  Will the Patio Door Guardian secure my Patio Door from intruders?This lock is designed to keep your patio door closed and though it does have security benefits it does not lock with a key. It will deter intruders as significant force would have to be used to penetrate the door.
  •  When I mount the Patio Door Guardian to my patio door, how do I determine where to put the screws? You must mount the screws away from the edge of the glass on the sliding door, so you do not break the glass. Do not rely only on the location of mounting plate holes provided with your Patio Door Guardian instructions. Hold the lock up to the desired height and mark your mounting holes away from the glass edge of the door.

I would look at other options for sliding closet doors unless your doors are solid and white. One option would be the Window Guardian Window Stoppers, 4/BOX which are removable suction cups that can stop sliding closet doors as well as windows to keep kids out. These would have to placed in at least two places per door to keep the door from sliding.

Thank you for your question.

Sincerely, Barbara

Snugglewool Baby Car Seat Cover SW-410 Fits More Types of Infant and Most Baby Seats

by Barbara 1. January 2012 08:48

Question about Snuggle Wool Car Seat Covers for Babies.

Q: "I see that you have a new Snugglewool baby car seat cover. How does the Snuggle Wool Infant Car Seat Cover SW-410 differ from the seat cover I bought two years ago for my friend? I am expecting, live in Arizona and am concerned about my baby's car seat heating up too much when we are out of the car shopping. Thanks. Sue."

Answer: Snugglewool redesigned the car seat cover to make it more adaptable to both infant carriers and to baby car seats. The Snugglewool  baby wool car seat cover SW-410 is made from soft edge-stitched Merino wool fleece with a neutral cotton trim. Included are cut-outs for seat belts and/or harness. This Snuggle Wool cover for infant car seats fits most infant carriers and convertible car seats with four and five point harness configurations. Keep baby comfortable in hot or cold weather: lambswool absorbs perspiration in hot weather and keeps baby warmer in cold weather. Note: Does NOT work well on car seats with head wings.

Snugglewool Infant Baby Car Seat SW-410 Specifications:

    37" from top to bottom (wool edge to wool edge, excluding cotton/elastic trim)
    24" horizontally at its widest point.
    Not for use in car seats with head wings
    Note: The lambswool is cut to a one inch length.
    The Merino lambwool is sliver-knit to a polyester backing and processed to withstand gentle machine washing. We recommend line drying. Fluff seat cover, if desired, on no heat setting in the dryer. Wash by itself for best results.

The earlier model, the Snuggle Wool Car Seat Cover- Universal Size SW-400 was not as versatile. The top part is 24" wide, 19" wide at the bottom,and is 35" in total length. The new one is made for the newer varieties of car seats for infants and babies.

I hope this answers your questions. Thank you.

Sincerely, Barbara

 

How to Wash and Dry Snugglewool and Mediwool Baby Blankets, Mattress Pads, Lap Robes, etc.

by Barbara 25. September 2011 12:24

Question about best way to wash and dry Snugglewool products such as mattress pads, baby blankets, wheelchair cushion covers, etc.

Q: "Please let me know how to wash and dry Snugglewool products. I don't want to ruin my new Mediwool queen mattress pad. Thanks Judy.

Answer: We recommend a mild detergent or one specifically for use with wool. Since lambswool is naturally disinfecting, you don't need warm water. or heated drying.  All SnuggleWool and Mediwool products are packed with washing instructions. Machine wash on a gentle cycle in cool water with a mild detergent. Fluff in the dryer on an air setting and then air dry.  Lambswool also resists the development of bacteria and dust mites. We do not recommend washing with items. The friction and agitation of the wool fibers against the other clothing will cause more clumping of the wool which means less "fluffiness."

Thank you for your question.

Sincerely, Barbara