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Window Blind or Window Shade Wraps Increase Safety for Children

by Barbara 8. June 2015 07:50

Question: "Please suggest how I can make window blinds and accordian shades more child safe. We cannot afford to have them all replaced. The cords are long. Thanks. Susan

Answer: We sell the Cardinal Gates Window Blind Cord Safety Wrap cord wrap that allows you to shorten exposed cords. We have only animals living in our home. We do have cats. The young Siamese ruined several duet shades by chewing on the cords (and climbing the shades). We installed Cardinal Gates window cord wraps on most of our shades. And opened the shades to the max to keep little Buddy from climbing.

These devices attach to your window glass, the frame or the wall using a very high bond adhesive. Made of clear plastic, the window blind cord wrap is hardly visible. It is a rounded oval shape,35 inches long and 1 inch wide in the middle. The cord wrap on the underside is 2 inches by just under a half inch. This size can handle long and or thick cords. You just wrap the cord around the cleat out of reach of animals and children. The clearness of the plastic and the installed heigh keep  a child's attention from cords. We actually installed ours very high so the cat (not de-clawed) cannot play with the window shade nor the cords. Do not install on non-racheting blinds. To lower or raise the shade unwrap to the desired length and then re-wrap around the holder. I mounted the wraps high on the window glass.

The Cardinal Gates Window Blind Cord Safety Wrap is made in China.

Thank you for your question. We do sell these in a bulk pack to save you money.



Avoid Being a Victim of the Annual Mosquito Invasion

by Barbara 30. May 2015 10:08

Question: "How Can I Reduce My Risk from Mosquito Borne Illnesses?" Thanks. Tom

Answer: Fortunately, according to USA Today, Sunday May 24, 2015, most mosquitoes do not carry disease. The most prevalent diseases that effect humans are West Nile virus, encephalitiis, Dengue fever, malaria and chikungunya. We dog owners give preventative medication for heart worm disease, a disease very expensive to treat. West Nile is transmitted to mosquitoes after a bird eats an infected mosquito and then a mosquito feeds on the infected bird and then feeds on a human.

Steps to take to prevent bites include:

  1. Eliminate standing water near home or business.
  2. Avoid walks and other outdoor activities
  3. Use insect repellent
  4. Wear clothing with long sleeves and long pants.

Now you might be thinking, "Wow, that makes life a bit more difficult. How do I have a backyard BBQ, etc."

Your choices are to kill those mosquitoes in standing water like your koi pond, repel them from your party area or to attract mosquitoes to a location at a distance from your gathering.

To Kill Mosquitoes in Standing Water

  • Mosquito Dunks use BTI, a live bacteria that's deadly to mosquito larvae, harmless to other living things.
  • Mosquito Bits kill larvae, turning water in swampy areas, flower pots, etc. black. Bits are made from Corn cob granules coated in BTI/

To Attract Mosuitoes Away from Your Porch, Patio, etc.

There are other mosquito traps that Safe Home sells like the Bite Shield Indoor or Outdoor Electric Trap that mounts on a wall. Or choose the Biteshield Indoor Flying Insect Trap that attracts mosquitoes if you add Octenol attractant. This is a photo-catalytic indoor flying insect trap that lures moths, gnats, and other household flying insects using white LED lights and mosquitoes with 4bBlue LED UV lights that react with TiO2 (titanium dioxide) emitting soft light waves TiO2 reactions also can reduce harmful microorganisms that are constantly circulating through the air. (See U of Florida Study, 1997.) So the insects dies and dehydrate in the trap.

Use of Citronella/Geraniol candles also help to repel mosquitoes from outdoor activities. Bite Shield Mosquito Repelling Candles in Ceramic Pots repel mosquitoes and add color to your tables.

Browse and make your choice. If you have questions, send us an email to or phone us at 877-358-0900 during business hours. Remember USA Today notes the top 20 mosquito ridden cities include most of the South, Texas, New England and parts of the MidWest including Minneapolis/St. Paul.

Thanks for your question.



Converting From Oil Furnaces to Natural Gas In NE USA States Means Adding Gas Safety Devices, Too.

by Barbara 4. December 2014 09:04

Question about safety issues when converting from oil heat to gas heat.

Q: "A natural gas shale line from Marcellus Shale gas in Pennsylvania may extend into the Northeastern states in the next year, if approved (Quote from CBS 12/3/2014) We currently are using oil heat. Replacing the furnace with natural gas will save us a lot of money. How can we avoid the health risks associated with natural gas?"Thanks Tom.

Answer: Continue using carbon monoxide alarms and smoke detectors as you have been doing, remembering to test them monthly and change batteries once a year. I would also suggest you add a Scentry III Gas Shut Off system on your main line into the home as well as Safe-T-Alert Combustible Gas Alarm or a Safety Siren III natural gas alarm near your natural gas appliances such as ranges, fireplaces, etc.

With the Scentry III GFRAB, you can add additional remote sensors, a battery back-up and a connection to a home monitoring system if you have one or plan to get one.

Remember that natural gas is lighter than air and "puddles" at the ceiling above the appliance using it. If near an open stairway, the gas will go to the top of the stairway.

An annual furnace tune up with filter change is needed with gas furnaces as well as with oil. If you want the best disposable furnace filters, use the 4 inch or 1 inch Safe Home filters.

Thanks for your questions.




Bulk Orders on Safe Escape Smoke Hoods Save Money and Protect

by Barbara 3. November 2014 07:50

Recently, Safe Home received multiple requests for large quantities of Safe Escape Smoke Hoods. Most SKU's come in cases of 10 or 20. Let Safe Home be your supplier and save money on larger quantities that are shipped directly from our manufacturer.

Depending upon the quantities orders, Safe Home accepts prepayment by credit card or check. For Federal, State and Municipalities, Safe Home can offer Net 15 or Net 30 terms depending upon quantities ordered. We are a SAM registered woman owned small business located in Iowa City, Iowa.

If your business is located above the second floor of a high rise building, think seriously about how your employees can escape during a fire. Similarly, prisons and jails need to protect their employees during fires. A popular choice is the Safe Escape ASE 30 Smoke Hood in the soft case. For quantities of hard case units that can be hung on the wall or on near fire exits, consider a case of Safe Escape 30 minute hard case smoke hoods in a case of 20. 60 minute smoke hoods are also available as well as oxygen generating smoke hoods that use a chemical process, thus eliminating the risks of oxygen explosions.


  • Smoke and Fire safety Hood Mask conforms with USFA-FEMA standards.
  • European Standard EN 403.
  • Australian and New Zealand Standard AS/NZS 1716:1994.
  • Thailand Disaster Prevention
  • Department of the Interior Ministry. Japanese Standard 248.


Please contact us directly regarding your needs. We sell Safe Escape smoke hoods ranging from 30 minutes to oxygen producing respirators. is the best email to use. Please send us your company name, physical address, phone numbers, email and point of contact. Thank you.



Avoid Chikungunya Fever's Severe Aches and Flu Symptoms with Vigilant Mosquito Control: Traps, Repellents, Etc.

by Barbara 23. May 2014 06:53

Question about how to protect against Chikungunya Fever.

Question: "I live in Florida. This new virus from the Caribbean is spread by mosquitoes and is now in Florida. I understand that if a mosquito bites someone with the virus and that mosquito bites you, you are in for severe arthritic symptoms, possibly for months and flu-like symptoms. What suggestions do you have to avoid this nasty new virus? Thanks. Steve."


For your person, we suggest liberal use of mosquito repellent products whenever you go outside. Wear long sleeved shirts, long pants and socks. Avoid being outside unprotected between dusk and dawn when mosquitoes tend to swarm.

For your home and yard, here are some suggestions:

Good luck and enjoy your summer!

Thanks for the question.

Sincerely, Barbara

AmCells Load Cells Are USA Made, Save and Buy American

by Barbara 23. April 2014 08:15

Question about load cells Made in USA.

Q: "I am looking for American made load cells. I've had quality control issues with those made in China." Thanks. John

Answer: AmCells, located in California, makes all their loadcells here in the USA.  Phone Safe Home Products or directly and receive an additional 5% off our low prices. Only Exceptions: 561ST and 561SB. Includes all STL, SSB, DST, DSL, DSS, DSF, T103, SPB and SPM load cells.

Do remember:

  • 1. Have load cells calibrated at AmCells for use with a newly purchased AmCells DIN3 Digital Weighing Indicator. Cost is dependent upon the type and quantities purchased.
  • 2. Have a local scale repair person re-calibrate your scale if you are replacing an existing load cell.
  • 3. For an application like a batch filling machine, the factory where the machine is located needs to re-calibrate the machine after the load cells are replaced.

Thanks for your question.

Feel free to contact us if you need more help. We'd need to know the specifics of your application and the load cells you are replacing.

Sincerely, Barbara

Celebrate 100th Year of Mother's Day with Mothers Day Gifts

by Barbara 21. April 2014 10:16

Question about possible mother's day gifts.

Question: "I need some gift ideas for Mothers Day. Mom seems to have almost every kitchen utensil she could ever need. I want to gift her with something unique. Please give me some ideas. Thanks. Susan."

Answer: Safe Home offers a wide variety of gifts both whimsical and practical. Here are some examples of our best sellers for Mothers Day:

For the Bird Loving Mom:

For the Gardening Mom:

For the Mom Dealing with Head Ache or Muscle Pain from Too Much Exercise or Too Much Gardening.

Go to the website for thousands of other products that might make your Mom's life more pleasurable, less painful, or less work!

Thanks for your question. Hope this helps.



MedReady Automatic Pill Box Dispenser Replacement Battery for Battery Back-UP

by Barbara 18. April 2014 05:51

Question about replacement batteries for MedReady 1600

Q: "I need a new battery for my MedReady 1600 Pill box dispenser. How difficult is it to change it? Is it expensive? Thanks. Sara."

Answer: Medready Replacement Battery is under $15 plus shipping. This battery is easily changed. Open the battery door on the bottom of the unit, remove old battery and insert the new one. This battery fits all Medready 1400, 1500, 1600 and 1700 series. This battery gives up to 72 hours' back-up to a Medready automated pillbox. Great for traveling. Recharge with 12V power socket in your car.

Thanks for your questions.


Med-Q Pill Boxes With Timer, Audio Alert, LED Flashing Light, 14 Compartments

by Barbara 16. April 2014 09:25

Question about a portable medication box with timer.

Question: "I need a portable pill box small enough to fit in my briefcase. This would be one with a timer to alert me when I need to take my medications. The pills I take are fairly large. What do you suggest? Thanks. Jim."

Answer: The Med-Q Pill Boxes would be our recommendation. The Blue Med-Q is a digital pill box with a double beep alarm and a flashing LED light The White Med-Q is similar except that the alarm sounds only a single beep.

For those who need to take medications 4 times a day, we suggest you purchase one of each using one color for days and one for nights.

These units share many common features. Each is 9 inches by 4.5 inches by about 1.0 inch.

Both the blue and the white Med Q battery powered, portable pill box have 14 compartment, each compartment is 1 inch high by 3/4 inch wide by 1 inch long. The weight empty is 3 ounces. Then add the two AA batteries for power.  Easily carried in briefcase or larger handbag. NOTE: White and blue are identical except white beeps once and blue, twice. Use one of each if you need 4 doses per day or two people need a pill box alarm.

Med Q Pill Dispenser Innovative Audio Alarm Reminder System

  • Audio alarm volume cascades: volume increases for 5 minutes before it stops.
  • Single beeping audio alarm repeats in 5 minute cycles every 25 minutes until pills are removed or next alert button is activated.
  • This is a single beeping alarm sound. Note: Blue has a double beeping sound.

Med Q Pill Dispenser Innovative Visual LED Reminder System

  • Visual LED alarm features a LED-light box technology.
  • LED light flashes in each individual pill container that needs to be taken: eliminates confusion and mistakes.

Ergonomic Design

  • Over-sized LCD screen for easy viewing.
  • Over-sized buttons for easy programming.

Ergonomically Designed Individual containers

  • Over-sized finger tip tabs for easy opening.
  • 14 individual removable compartments.
  • Curved internal angling of containers for easy scooping.
  • Easy to read letters and Braille marking.
  • Capacity of individual box, 11 M & M type candies.

Personalized Programmable for any Time, Day or Night

  • Program for once a day for two weeks or,
  • Program for twice a day for one week.
  • Press the next alert button and the audible alarm stops beeping. The individual LED-light box then flashes for ten additional seconds to ensure the correct pills are taken.

Low battery indicator

  • Visual Low battery indicator helps eliminate power outage
  • Operates on two AA alkaline batteries with a lifetime of one year approximately depending on use

I hope this helps you to take your medications on time.

Thank you for your question.

Sincerely, Barbara

Replacing Standard Incandescent Light Bulbs with LED Light Bulbs

by Barbara 14. April 2014 07:31

Question about when, where and how to replace incandescent light bulbs with LED bulbs.

Question: "How do I know what bulbs to purchase for replacements? Are there any places that I should not use an LED light bulb? They are certainly more expensive now that stores are selling 60 watt incandescent bulbs, 6 bulbs for $2.00. Thanks. Tim."

Answer: First, as many bloggers have noted, you have to see these bulbs as investments. You won't save hundreds of dollars in a year or two on your electric bill unless you have a huge building that needs all its lights replaced. The savings comes over time and with convenience, the convenience of not having to replace light bulbs in rooms where lamps or ceiling fixtures are on for many hours per day or year. LED stands for "light emitting diodes."

Second, you must make sure that replacement bulbs are dimmable ones for lamps or fixtures that have that feature. And there are no "3 way" bulbs like 50/100/150 available as yet.

Third, there are no 60 watt, 75 watt, etc. bulbs. Every bulb is rated in lumens. Lumens are the amount of light that is produced when a bulb is powered on.

Here is a basic chart that should help:

Incandescent Bulb Wattage             Lumens           LED Bulb Watt Equivalent

25 watt                                          250                4-9 Watts

40 watt                                          450                9-13

60 watt                                          800                13-15

75 watt                                          1100              18-25

100 watt                                        1600              23-30

125 watt                                        2000              22-40

150 watt                                        2600              40-45

Warm white is the preferred color for most people in their homes.  2,700 and 3,500 Kelvin are what you are looking to purchase for home use.

So remember that lumens are what you are looking for, not wattage.

Here is an A19 LED 60 watt equivalent bulb that Safe Home now sells. Equvalent to a 40-60 watt incandescent bulb yet uses only 8 watts of electricity. Epistar LED chip. Warm white color. Short neck. Not dimmable. 3000K. 180 degree beam angle.

As Safe Home continues to add LED bulbs, I'll be adding them to this blog.

Thanks for your question.

Sincerely, Barbara