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Choices of Medical Exam Gloves, Latex Gloves, Powdered Gloves, Vinyl Gloves, Etc.

by Barbara 20. November 2010 06:42

Question about different types of exam gloves.

Q: "I am confused. What are the different types of exam gloves? Why would one type be better than another? Thanks. Susan"

Answer: According to my research (and the products Safe Home Products is selling from medical suppliers), there are three main types of examination gloves.

For general patient care, choose the least expensive that meet your needs. For example, latex gloves are great unless you have a latex allergy. I break out from latex band-aids. In fact, once I had a mole removed and the scar and inflammation from the latex adhesive was worse than the scar left from the incision!

Cleaning company employees generally wear vinyl gloves when cleaning bathrooms, powder rooms, etc. to protect against germs

Sterile exam gloves are individually packaged. These are used when working with patients with open wounds.

Surgical gloves meet higher standards

  • Latex gloves: still the surgeon's favorite. Often have a polymer inner coating for easier donning whether hands are damp or dry.
  • Polyisoprene surgical gloves: synthetic polyisoprene offers a similar tactile sensitivity to latex. Often has a polymer inner coating as well.
  • Neoprene surgical gloves:synthetic neoprene is latex-free. Like latex, neoprene give both excellent barrier protection plus a similar fit and feel. Less elastic than latex. Available with polymer inner coating. More expensive than latex to produce.

Safe Home Products will be carrying surgical gloves in the future.

I hope this helps with your decision.

Thanks for your question.

Sincerely, Barbara

Fridge Lock Helps Protect Against Spoiled Food and Child Suffocation

by Barbara 18. November 2010 07:14

Question about the Fridge Guard Appliance Child Lock, CLEAR, the Fridge Guard Appliance Child Lock, WHITE and the Double Door Fridge Guard, Child Safety Strap, Black

Q: "I have two problems. The first is that my young children have opened my refrigerator door several times in the past few weeks and pulled out food and drink, leaving a real mess on the floor. The second is that I have a freezer in the basement, a chest type, that I am not using. I am afraid the kids may use it for hide and seek. I have stuff piled on top now to discourage them. I don't feel it is safe, Do you have products that will help keep my kids safe? Thanks. Mary."

Answer: We sell three products. The first two are identical except one is clear and the other is white. These are the Fridge Guard appliance locks to keep kids out of refrigerators. The only other option to consider is a chain with combination lock that wraps around the entire unit. For the chest type freezer, I have no suggestions.

Here is the Fridge Guard information. This works on single door units. Parent Units' Fridge Guard Appliance Child Lock is a clear or white plastic refrigerator safety latch closure that uses high-bonding adhesive that will not mar refrigerator surface. This removable refrigerator lock or freezer door lock uses latch and hook to secure doors from young children. This child safety product is made in the USA. This sturdy child safety lock also protects against dumps, spills, or doors left ajar.
 
    * Easily Installed: Apply latch to side or top for double doors and freezers. Remove red liner from hook. Apply to door with hook facing forward. Install latch in desired location. Press firmly for 20 seconds. Allow adhesive to set overnight.
    * Easily Used: To open refrigerator, press inward on door handle and release flexible latch over hook. Latch resets automatically when door closes.
    * Easily Removed: Gently pry off hook and latch. Use olive oil to remove any adhesive residue.
    * Clear or White.
    * Note: Use as freezer door lock or refrigerator lock to keep younger children safter. For unused refrigerators or freezers, install latches to extend one inch beyond the hooks. Insert up to a 1-inch block of foam or plastic for ventilation through door opening. Refrigerators or freezers with ventilation are less likely to have mold or mildew problems.
    * Remember: No protective device takes the place of adult supervision.


Parent Units' Double Door Fridge Guard  is a black buckle style lock for double door refrigerators or on the refrigerator doors of trio style refrigerators. This child safety device is easily installed and easily removed by adults. If you have an unused double door refrigerator or one in the garage or basement where you store alcoholic beverages, use this safety device to make sure children stay out. The durable rubber strip combines with a patented buckle to securely lock fridge doors.  This stops your children safer from dangerous items or from leaving doors open causing food disasters.

Parent Units' Double Door Fridge Guard :

    * Simple to install
    * Easy buckle lock/unlock for adults to use
    * Keeps double door fridges off limits to little ones.
    * For use on standard kitchen and bathroom cabinets.
    * All childproofing works better when children are not present. We advise you install home and child safety devices when children are asleep for the night.
    *Warning: Always rely on supervision as your best defense against accidents and injuries. Prevention is paramount. True this product is a highly reliable backup, but no product can be 100% fail safe. Proper Installation required. Use a licensed contractor for best performance.

Below are the product performancy warranties for both units:
Product Performance Warranty: This product must be used with supervision. Due to uncertainty of forces generated and numerous variables involved in a jarring event, no warranty can be properly applied to the performance of the product. Parent Units' only responsibility shall be to replace any product proven to be defective in material and workmanship prior to installation of the product. Neither seller nor manufacturer shall be liable for any injury, loss or damage, direct or consequential, arising out of the use or misuse, or the inability to use the product installation, whether by the user or third party, constitutes acceptance of these conditions by the user.  

Thank you for your question. I only remember once that one of my sons opened the freezer door and actually turned off the freezer. I did a lot of cooking the next day and threw out a lot of once frozen products.

Sincerely,

Barbara

Door Guardian Door Lock for Child Safe Closets, Basements and Entry Doors

by Barbara 17. November 2010 11:37

Question about the Door Guardian door lock for use on basement doors and pantry doors.

Q: "We live in a house where the basement door is hinged to open into our kitchen. I am concerned about my curious toddler opening the door with the levered door "knob" and falling down the steep stairs and getting injured. Also there are items in our pantry like dog food that I don't want dumped out while my back is turned. Is this the right product for us? We don't want to install deadbolts in the doors because they are hollow core and the next owner may not see that as positive. Thanks. Sara."

Answer: Yes, the Door Guardian is a terrific child safety device to keep inward swinging doors closed to curious children. When my sons were young, we had a similar set-up and had to install a double turn dead bolt lock high on a hollow core door, a rather permanent installation.

Installation sometimes means mortising out the door frame as the unit has to be level when installed. The lock portion should not cause any harm to the door itself. Mount the Door Guardian high on the door frame so that only older children and adults can reach it. Otherwise, you could find yourself locked in the basement! This is a great addition to a pantry door and a lot less expensive that the combination door lock my son and his wife installed to keep the children from midnight raids that left the kitchen a mess.

Mount the Door Guardian unit at least six inches higher than the door knob or the deadbolt. Depending upon the door frame, you may have to mortise out an area so that the stationary part of the unit can be mounted straight, otherwise the lock part may not keep the door closed. Included are two long dry wall screws and three metal self-tapping screws if your door frame is metal.

Slide forward and flip closed to lock. Slide and turn to open the lock. This is installed on the side of the door with the door knob, on the side that swings inward.

Choose from:

Thank you for your question. Let us know if you have other child proofing concerns: we are happy to help you.

Sincerely,

Barbara

Advantages of Skin Urethane in Boing Safety Pad Corners, Edge Corner Cushion, Strips, Wall Pad, Etc.

by Barbara 16. November 2010 07:35

Question about the Boing Skin Urethane Foam Padding in Boing Fire Retardant Safety Wall Pad, 31x11.75 In, YELLOW, 4/BX, Boing Pole Pad or Post Pad 5 Inch Diameter - Yellow, Boing Edge Corner Strips-YELLOW, Case of 10 and Boing 3D Jumbo Corner Covers, YELLOW,4/PK.

Q; "I need to safety proof a warehouse. I've looked at various products. I'd like to know the advantages of using a skin urethane foam product rather than standard extruded foam which seems less expensive. Thanks. Thomas."

The main advantages are that this is a sturdy material and quite shock-absorbing and comes in products to meet almost every safety proofing need. Read on for more detail.

The Boing skin urethane products are safe for both commercial and residential uses, having passed or surpassed safety requirements including compression, toxicity, etc. Skin urethane has anti-bacterial properties and passes the ASTM G21 testing. There is no PVC, lead or phthalates in these products.  Although fire retardant, the Boing foam does not meet the current Class A fire codes for fire and smoke retardants. There are many different local, national and international fire codes, each with different property requirements so one product cannot meet all the possible codes.

Skin Urethane is long-lasting. Of course, there are instances where excessive use or aggressive use will reduce longevity. this was desifned as shock-absorbing safety padding to reduce injuries.
Size tolerance of skin urethane is within 5% in the size and density of the finished products. That is because skin urethane is molded, one piece at a time, and can be effected by temperature, humidity, season, weather, etc. Baking lasts about 30 to 40 minutes.

Boing safety pad products are usable indoors or outdoors. All safety padding products are UV treated but over time, like all plastics, there will be some fading. The stronger the sun, the faster the fading occurs. Darker colors fade faster. The impact absorbing qualities are reduced in very cold (below 32 F) and in very hot (over 100F) temperatures. The most UV resistant colors are the primary ones, red, blue, green and yellow. It is best if the product is not exposed to direct sunlight for extended periods.

Installation: We recommend GE-Silcone I, Silicone II or Silicone II (2X). Also 3M VHD (very high bond) tape is a great option
Aluminum re-inforced strips can be attached with screws (strips are pre-drilled & we provide the screws)

Amount of silicone needed: Varies withe the type of surface to be protected and the degree of adhesion. As a rough estimate, you can generally attach the following numbers with a single 300ml tube:

  • Wall Pad - 2 to 3 wall pads per tube
  • Edge Corner Strip - 6 to 8 edge corner pads per tube
  • Jumbo Corner Guard - 12 to 14 corners per tube
  • Post Pad - 1 to 2 post pads per tube. Remember this product fits only 5 inch diameter poles.

Cleaning and maintenance of safety padding: Use non-abrasive cleaners, normal household cleaning solutions. Permanent markers rarely can be removed.Use around water activities is fine. Do not cut or puncturer. Fasten to clean and dry surface. Chlorinated water will cause discoloration as will that with a high TDS rating.

Thanks for your question. Our most popular products for safety proofing are the yellow ones for obvious visual reasons!

Sincerely, Barbara