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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.

Kirks Original Coco Castile Soap, An Ideal Soap for Campers Using Hard Water

by Barbara 23. June 2012 08:51

Q: "We go camping in the wilderness and in campgrounds. The water is alway hard. We are looking for a soap that lathers in hard water, even cold water and is not full of chemicals that could harm the environment.  Is Kirk's Original Castile Soap our best option?" Thanks from Janet.

Answer: Yes. we recommend Kirk's castile soap for campers and for anyone concerned about both the environment and the health of their skin. Kirks is a very mild soap made from all natural ingredients without any chemicals or animal fats. Because of its high glycerine content, Kirks lathers generously in hard water and in any water. You just get more suds with soft water. Kirks melts very slowly. A cake can last a long time. Each 4 ounce soap bar is approximately 3.75 inches long by 2.5 inches wide by 15/16 inches thick (measured with wrapping on.) We sell in 3 bar packs because we can offer it to you at a better price. Plus the shipping cost for 3 bars is about the same as for a single one!

We sell Kirks in cases of 48 bars, half cases of 24 bars, 1/4 cases of 12 bars and in individual bars as well. Most people buy a half or quarter case as the price and shipping costs per bar are more reasonable.

Those people with chronic skin conditions such as from exposure to Agent Orange rate Kirks Castile very highly. My late father is why we sell Kirk's soaps. When local supermarkets no longer sold Kirk's, Dad urged us to sell it. Dad's ceramic tile soap dish was so small that he always cut the bar in two. We've been selling Kirks since 2000. There is a very light fragrance to the soap: this is a natural one. The soap colors may vary slightly: several plants make the soap using the same formula yet the color is sometimes a little different.

If you have other questions, please contact us. Thanks again for your question.

Sincerely,
Barbara

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Survival Kits and Emergency Water Options for Home or Business Emergency Preparedness

by Barbara 26. November 2011 13:44

Question about choosing a survival kit and survival supplies for home use.

Q:"We are a family of 4 who live on an island off the coast of North Carolina. Typically we have some advance warning that hurricane force winds are on the way. We need emergency water and food in case power stays off for more than a few days. Our fear is that our generator may fail and we'll have nothing but canned food. Or we may have to evacuate inland and will have trouble finding food. What are your recommendations? Thanks. Sue."

Answer: For a family of 4, the Small Business/Family Support Emergency Survival Kit would give your family a complete survival kit for 5 people for up to 3 days. You could supplement this with food you have on hand.  The food bars and water packets have a 5 year shelf life.

This 3 Day/5 Person Survival Kit Contents Include:

  • food bars which are Kosher and meet Halal standards
  • water rations
  • matches
  • emergency blankets
  • candles
  • emergency guidebook
  • work gloves
  • infectious waste bags
  • pliers
  • whistle
  • playing cards
  • water purification tablets
  • duct tape
  • utility bags
  • carrying case
  • tissue packs
  • AM/FM radio with battery
  • flashlights with batteries
  • rope
  • candles
  • survival knife kit
  • pry bar
  • adhesive bandages
  • instant cold pack
  • mouthwash
  • alcohol wipes
  • adhesive tapes
  • sanitary pads
  • anti-diarrhea tablets
  • scissors
  • aspirin
  • splints
  • dust masks
  • tongue depressors
  • elastic bandage
  • toothache kit
  • first aid cream
  • towelettes
  • gauze pads
  • tweezers
  • gauze rolls

You could also purchase the food bars and water packets separately. For example, a good choice would be the Survivor Industries Mainstay 3600 Emergency Food Bars, 90 Bars This package contains 90 food bars that each supply 400 calories. So depending upon the size of the person and his/her activity level, 3 to 6 bars per day would keep this person with proper nutrition. If you were remaining at home,

Mainstay 3600 Emergency Food Bar Key Benefits:

  • 5 year Shelf Life
  • Non-Thirst Provoking
  • Withstands Temperatures of -40° F to 300°F (-40°C to 149°C)
  • Ready to Eat: Each package contains 9 pre-measured 400 calorie meals.
  • Individualized Portions eliminate the messy breaking-up that occurs with other bars
  • Allows for on-land emergency consumption in a high-stress active situation.
  • Contains no cholesterol or tropical oils.
  • Meets the US Coast Guard standards (160.046/23/0). Its new modern packaging even meets the stringent guidelines set by the Department of Defense (SOLAS 74/83).
  • Enriched with vitamins and minerals exceeding the RDA requirements.
  • Pleasant lemon flavor which appeals to everyone.
  • Mainstay™ meets the dictates for Halal and is Kosher

I suggest that you either purchase the Survivor Industries Mainstay Emergency Drinking Water Pack, 4.2 Oz, 60/CS or an AquaPod Kit Deluxe Emergency Water Storage Kit. Minimum water requirements for survival are two of the 4.2 ounce packets per day. The AquaPod Kit is unique: prior to losing power from your well, you place this kit in a bathtub and fill it with cold water.

Each Aqua Pod Deluxe Kit Contains:

  • 3 disposable tub liners, each 40 inches by 80 inches. This will fit in a Jacuzzi tub or standard 5 feet tub. An average tub holds 70 gallons.
  • 3 disposable tie clamps to hold the bag to water spigot during the approximate 10 minute time that it takes to fill the bag. (Dependent upon water pressure.)
  • 1 reusable pump with locking system. Locks the pump to the liner bag.

The AquaPod liner is made from FDA approved plastic, i.e. LDPE Plastic (Low Density Polyethylene Plastic). The shelf life is up to 10 years depending upon storage. Made in the USA.

I also recommend you purchase a copy of Wallace Guidebook for Emergency Care and Survival. This inexpensive book may literally save your life.

Thank you for your questions:

Sincerely, Barbara

Kirks Bath Soap. No Animal Products, Won't Melt Fast.

by Barbara 24. August 2008 04:03

Question about availability of long lasting, all vegetable based bar soaps.

Q: "I'm looking for a bath soap with no animal products and will not get soft after a few uses." Thanks. Henry

Answer: You've found it! Kirks Original Coco Castile Soap is a bath soap with no animal products that stays firm. It is also hypoallergenic and lathers generously in hard and soft water. I began selling Kirks soaps in 2000 as my late father shared it was no longer available in Western Pennsylvania supermarkets. One Illinois customer who'd been exposed to Agent Orange claimed Kirks is the only soap that doesn't irritate his skin. Each 4 ounce soap bar is approximately 3.75 inches long by 2.5 inches wide by 15/16 inches thick (measured with wrapping on.)

Kirks Bath Soap Advantages:

  • Luxurious lather in hard or soft water.
  • Use as a body soap, facial soap or for shampoo.
  • Gentle hypoallergenic soap.
  • Biodegradable
  • No animal testing
  • No animal by-products
  • Horse and dog owners use as an animal shampoo.
  • Ultra gentle with no drying residue.
  • No synthetic detergents.
  • Longer lasting than most supermarket soaps.
  • Natural fragrance: Note no soap is without odor. This is a mild fragrance that is all natural.
  • Shelf Life: Indefinite.
  • Bar weight: approximately 4 oz.

We sell it in 6 bar packages, 12 bars packages 24 bar half cases or an
48 bars
full cases. Both the cost per bar and the shipping cost per bar goes down as you buy more. We also sell Kirks in a liquid form that is the original formula.

Thanks for your question.
Sincerely, Barbara

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