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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-First or Safety Siren III natural gas alarms near your natural gas appliances such as ranges, fireplaces, etc.

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.

 

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.

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

Sincerely,

Barbara

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."

Answer:

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

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 SafeHomeProducts.com 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.

Sincerely,

Barbara

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.

Sincerely,Barbara

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

 

Bird or Animal Decorative Ceramic Mugs with Lids for Vehicle Beverage Holders

by Barbara 10. April 2014 07:59

Question about decorative ceramic mugs with lids that fit in car beverage holders.

Q: "Do you sell ceramic beverage mugs that fit into car beverage holders? I prefer ceramic or stoneware. Coffee seems to taste better than from a plastic mug. My wife and I are animal and bird lovers so decorative ones would be better and great gifts for friends. Thanks. Jim."

Answer: Safe Home has two styles, the more typical one that is cylindrical on the bottom and others that slim down to fit into the beverage holder.

The two primary brands are American Expedition and Evergreen Enterprises. These are 16 ounce or 17 ounce mugs. Both have lids so sipping as you travel is easier and the lid helps to keep the beverage hot (or cold) as you desire.

Among the more popular ones are:

Click through here to see almost all the ceramic mugs we sell.

Have fun choosing a travel cup. Remember your wife or best friend who travels with you.

Thanks for the question.

Sincerely, Barbara

Remote Monitors for Temperature, Etc. for Buildings With Only Cell Phone Availability

by Barbara 8. April 2014 08:58

Question about remote temperature monitors that work with cell phones.

Q:"What remote monitors does Safe Home Products sell that have bettery back-ups and do not require a land line. I have a Blue Tooth type cell phone I want to use. I need to monitor the temperature of my Florida home while I am up North. Thanks. Will."

Answer: There are two lower priced Sensaphone remote monitors that use 6 C cells (not included) as power back-up. The Sensaphone Desk Top Monitor FGD400 includes an internal programmable temperature monitor. For that you would need to purchase the Sensaphone FGD-0230 Bluetooth Interface for Cell Phone . That interface also works with the Sensaphone Desktop Monitoring System 800, 8 External Outputs for Sensors which also uses 6 C cells (not included) as power back-up. You can add additional sensors for moisture, humidity, intrusion, etc.

Currently these Sensaphone Models can use cell phones with the Bluetooth interface FGD-0230:

Thanks for your question. Pleae contact if you need more information. Safe Home is in Central time.

Sincerely,

Barbara

Prevent Most Water Heater Leak Disasters with Floodstop Automatic Water System

by Barbara 21. March 2014 13:19

Question: How can a Floodstop water heater automatic water system save me from a flooded basement?

Q: "I don't understand the value of installing a Floodstop single appliance water shut off system on my water heater. Isn't the water heater going to leak out all 40 or 50 gallons of water anyway? Thanks. Tom."

Answer: We discussed this with our Floodstop distributor, did some on-line research and remembered our own failed water heaters over the years. As our distributor explained, water heater water loss is typically from a pin-hole leak caused by corrosion to the inside lining of the tank. With Floodstop, you can choose to daisy-chain several sensors together to extend under the tank (if raised) or on the side where the sewer drain lies. Once a FloodStop sensor detects a leak, the Floodstop valve is immediately closed. Typically this pin-hole does not get larger because the Floodstop valve closure creates a kind of vacuum within the tank so no more water escapes. This is like putting your finger over the top end of a straw with water in it. That is why it is not necessary to have a device that shuts off the gas or the electricity to the water heater.

You, the home or apartment dweller, will know you have an issue to deal with when you get home hours, days or weeks later. You'll either hear the alarm or you'll go to the sink and there is no water immediately. Once you break the vacuum, the pin hole leak will again begin to drip. By then, the owner will shut off the water and the vacuum will resume. Then you'll be shopping for a new water heater.

Among plumbers and owners of high rise condo complexes,, the Floodstop is considered to be the best choice to prevent water disasters. Unfortunately, sometimes almost brand new water heaters begin to drip. Ex. My late Mom's installed 6 years prior to her death, lasted one year before it began to leak. Luckily it was in a visible basement area and was caught before any significant damage occurred.

Floodstop Automatic Water Systems for Water Heaters Come in These Sizes:

  1. FloodStop Water Heater Auto Water Valve Shutoff .75IN NPT, V.4
  2. FloodStop 1 Inch Valve for Water Heater/Softener, FS1.00-NPT-V4
  3. FloodStop Auto Water Valve for Water Heater/Softener, FS1.25 NPT
  4. FloodStop .50 Inch Valve for Heater/Softener, FS 1/2-NPT-V4
  5. FloodStop Automatic Valve for Water Heater/Softener, 3/4 In.Compression

Extra moisture sensors are also available. And these new Floodstops use either 4 AA batteries and AC power or can operate only on the 4AA batteries.

All Floodstop Units Include:

  • Motorized full-port stainless steel ball valve in brass valve body lined with Teflon (3/4 inch compression fittings).
  • Valve meets low lead drinking water standards of all US states.
  • Control unit with battery backup (4 AA batteries, not included).
  • AC power adapter (or use 4 AA Batteries as primary power source).
  • Water leak sensor.
  • Output contact wires (2).
  • Automatic Water Valve Shut Off 

Technical Specifications:

  • UL Listed Class 2 Wall Adapter, 115AC/9VDC.
  • UPC listed, full port, motorized ball valve: CNC machined.
  • Motor operates at 6VDC.
  • Rated 0-180 PSI. Max 250 PSI. Solid brass.
  • Signal outputs: 2 normally closed.
  • Alarm: beeping with mute button.
  • One year limited manufacturer's warranty.
If you need quantities for a condominium or apartment complex, please contact us directly.

Thanks for your question.

Sincerely, Barbara