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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

 

 

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.

Comfortable Brondell Breeza Heated Toilet Seats Get Rid of Bathroom Odors

by Barbara 19. November 2011 15:18

Question about the Brondell Breeza toilet seats, the Breeza Warm Round, White Deodorizing and Heated BR60-EW Heated Toilet Seat and the Brondell Breeza Round White Deodorizing Toilet Seat BR30-RW.

Q: "My bathroom gets really cold in the winter. I don't want to use a space heater or increase the furnace temperature as we use an electric blanket on our bed. There is nothing worse than sitting down on a cold plastic toilet seat at night. How does the Breeza Warm work? I have a round toilet bowl. Does this use a lot of power? How warm does it get? Thanks. Mary"

Answer: The Breeze Warm uses as much power as a 25 watt light bulb. It does require connection to a GFI (ground fault interrupter) outlet. This heated toilet seat from Brondell comes with a 4 foot long cord. You can extend this by using an approved heavy duty extension cord. There is a "Set and Forget" power saver mode if you want the heat to be off when you choose. The seat heats can be 97, 104 or 107 degrees F.: you choose.

Anorther advantage is that the Breeza toilet seat reduces and/or eliminates bathroom odors. In the rear of the seat is a quiet fan that draws air through a replaceable carbon air filter. The air is then pulled through a natural fragrance cartridge vent from the seat rear into your bathroom Choices of scents are citrus eucalyptus, jasmine lavender and rainforest. You can also try all three in the variety pack which features one of each scent.. The other vent scents come in packages of 3 units. The carbon filter lasts about 6 months. Each cartridge lasts about a month. 

The seat itself is made from antimicrobial material which is easily cleaned. This is a soft close style seat and lid so putting the seat and lid down is very quiet. The lid is sittable, however. The unit has a sensor that turns the fan and the scent on and off when a person sits down and gets up. Below are the features summarized.

Breeza Warm Round White Deodorizing Toilet Seat (BR60-RW) Features:
  • Color : WhiteType/Shape: Round
  • Filter : Activated carbon filter, filter life is 6 months
  • Vents : Extract-infused fragrance vents, vent life is 1 month
  • Control : One touch control panel for deodorizing and temperature settings
  • Design : contoured, gentle-closing, antimicrobial seat and lid
  • Temperature : Can be adjusted to 3 levels
  • Body Sensor : Switches deodorizing system on and off automatically
  • Power : plugged into a standard GFI wall outlet (max. 4 feet distance from the toilet fixture)
  • Power Saver Mode : Set and Forget feature, the power saver mode automatically switches on and off when toilet seat is not used
  • 5 year limited warranty

The only concern to have is that you might find yourself spending more time reading that great mystery novel long after you should have flushed the toilet and gone to bed!

Thank you for your questions.

Sincerely, Barbara

 

 

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Grip On Helps Prevent Falls on Smooth Concrete Floors. Not Effective on Epoxy Coated or Polyaspartic Coated Floors.

by Barbara 25. May 2011 07:36

Question about using Grip On® with a epoxy coated concrete floor or polyaspartic flooring coating.

Q: " I need to put an anti-slip coating on epoxy coated concrete flooring or polyaspartic coated flooring I install. Will Grip On® work?" Thanks. Sam

Answer: I contacted the manufacturer for clarification on this interesting question. The answer is no. For an anti-slip floor, Grip On will not work after epoxy or polyaspartic coatings are applied to concret: the coatings fill the pores. What Grip On anti-slip floor solution does is fill in the pores invisibly to increase the resistance to slipping and falling. So Grip On® would not work in your situation. Also if you paint a concrete floor, the same situation occurs as the paint fills the pores.

One solution to your problem is to add a color dye to the concrete and use a water based xylene sealer: you want nothing to seal the pores of the floor as then it cannot be treated with Grip On®. 

Why does Grip On work? All natural materials such as concrete, ceramic, marble, granite, terrazzo, quarry tile, slate, porcelain tile and bathtubs have natural voids in them. The larger the void, the more the surface of that material is slip resistant. This void creates a tread for you to walk on.  Ceramic or glazed tile, as well as porcelain, are coated to create a shiny finished look to a floor or fixture. These coatings fill in the natural voids up to 70%. When you walk on the dry surface, you would not notice that the voids are filled. But, when the surface is wet, the water fills in the remaining 30% of the void and that is why a floor becomes slippery not allowing any space between the water and the bottom of your foot creating a hydroplane effect. Grip On® microscopically treats the surface of your floor or fixture in a way that brings back the natural void via the treads in the surface material. So, when a floor or bathtub is wet, it still allows you to feel surefooted. Grip On® Anti Slip Solution is a clear, chemical treatment that increases the co-efficient of friction and the safety of the surface when wet.

We sell Grip On® in various sizes from 4 oz bottles to drums. Among the sizes are

We also sell Grip On in a pallet of four 55 gallon barrels. With the drums, the lid stays on. What you do is purchase a vacuum or hose pump from your local hardware store. The lid has one 4 inch hole and one 2 inch hole so you can pump the Grip On out into containers you use for your applicators for spreading.

Grip On®'s Simple Application Instructions:
  1. Clean and rinse area.
  2. Pour Grip On™ on surface.
  3. Mop or sponge area liberally.
  4. Let stand for 15 to 20 minutes.
  5. Rinse off with clean water.
  6. Area is now ready to use.

After treatment, do not wax. Wax fills in the enhanced read created by the Grip On™ treatment. Reapply every 2 years for bath and shower areas. Reapply every year for traffic areas.

Additional Questions and Answers about Grip On®:

Q: How does Grip On® Anti-Slip Solution work?
A: Grip On® Anti-Slip Solution is a process that increases the coefficient of friction on a tile floor or a porcelain bathtub. This is not a coating that can wear off: this is a process that creates a tread design on the mineral surface itself.

Q: Does the treated surface look or feel any different?
A: There is no discernible change in appearance. However, when wet, the feeling is SAFE!

Q: Why is there a need for Grip On® Anti-Slip Solution?
A: Slip/Fall accidents are the nation's #2 accidental killer. Over 9 million disabling injuries every year. Business insurance rates are skyrocketing. Increases of 25% annually are common.

Q: How long is the Grip On® guarantee?
A: 2 years for bathtubs and showers. 1 year for traffic areas.

Q: Is Grip On® Anti-Slip Solution difficult to apply?
A: No, Grip On® is easy to apply. One worker can treat hard surfaces at the rate of 600 square feet per hour, per worker. Bathtubs require less than 10 minutes with no strenuous work.

Q: Does Grip On® Anti-Slip Solution kill germs?
A: The chemical in Grip On® Anti-Slip Solution is known to inhibit bacterial and fungi growth and to kill some bacteria and fungi. Test data is being gathered on germ killing and will be available at a later date.

Q: If my floor is sealed, can I still use Grip On® Anti-Slip Solution?
A: Yes, Grip On® Anti-Slip Solution works through most floor seals and effectively applies the “invisible tread.” Two applications may be required for sealed floors.

Q: What if there is grease on my floor?
A: Grip On® Anti-Slip Solution loosens grease, making it easier to remove any grease on your floor. More than one application may be required. Once again, it may take more than one application. Grip On® Anti-Slip Solution will loosen all hardened grease on your floor.

Q: Can I wax over the Grip On® Anti-Slip Solution?
A: NO. Wax fills in the “invisible tread” that Grip On® Anti-Slip Solution placed on your floor. We recommend a dry buff to bring up the shine.

Q: Is Grip On® Anti-Slip Solution dangerous?
A: The level of danger is similar to household bleach. Similar cautions are on each bottle. Keep out of reach of children. Avoid eye contact. Wear rubber gloves. Use in ventilated area. Can be fatal if swallowed. Do not use on wood, vinyls or plastics

Grip On Anti-Slip Solution Specifications:

  • Use on tile floors, bathtubs, showers and on almost all hard surfaces, such as ceramic tile, glazed brick, marble, polished stone, terrazzo, river rock, concrete, and quarry tile.
  • Coverage:
    • 4 oz. bottle: 12 sq. ft.
    • 16 oz. bottle: 48 sq. ft.
    • Gallon: 400 sq. ft,
    • 5 Gallon Bucket: 2,000 sq. ft.
  • Increases the anti-slip CEF by 100% to 500%.
  • Chemical Name: Hydroxy Acetic Acid.
  • Physical State: Clear yellow, mild odor.
  • pH: 7.6.
  • Caution: Keep out of reach of children. Avoid eye contact. Wear rubber gloves. Use in ventilated area. Can be fatal if swallowed. Do not use on wood, vinyls or plastics.
  • Warranty: 1 year limited manufacturer's warranty on traffic areas; 2 years on bathtubs and showers. If the customer installed Grip On® Anti-Slip Solution, the company will send additional material to the customer at no cost excluding shipping
  • Disclaimer: GRIP ON® ANTI-SLIP SOLUTION helps to reduce the risk of slip/fall accidents, but Safety Seal Products Corp its' agents and representatives do not warrant or guarantee to the customer, or any other person or party, against the Occurrence of slip/falls, or other accidents, personal injury, or property damage of any nature. Accidents and falls may occur on treated areas, notwithstanding its treatment with Grip On® ANTI-SLIP SOLUTION and customer AGREES to indemnify and hold harmless Advanced Floor Care Products and its agents and representatives, free and harmless from any damages, claims, demands or causes of action arising in connection with or brought by anyone allegedly slipping, falling, tripping, or stumbling on treated area.