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Lightweight Safe Escape Self-Rescue Respirators Produce Oxygen Via Chemical Process

by Barbara 19. February 2012 05:24

Question about the Safe Escape Oxygen Generating Self Rescue Respirator, Steel Case

Q: "Currently, we are using self-rescue hoods and oxygen tanks as our emergency preparedness units in case of fire in our underground storage facility. I see that you have a unit that generates its own oxygen. We are concerned about tanks exploding. How does this unit operate? How much time would we have to escape if we need to use it.? Thanks. Tom

Answer: The unit is the Safe Escape Oxygen Generating Self Rescue Respirator, in the steel case. The advantages of the stainless steel encased unit include being compact (4 inches by 5.25 inches by 7.5 inches),easily wall mounted near exits and puncture resistant. The main advantage is that a chemical process generates the oxygen so there are no dangerous, heavy oxygen tanks involved. Weight due to the case is about 5 lbs. does weigh about 5 lbs.

Safe Home sells these units primarily for use below decks of ships, especially in engine rooms and for underground storage facilities like yours. The Safe Escape Oxygen Generating Self-Rescue Respirators give you 30 minutes up to 60 minutes of breathable oxygen (21% Concentration). Unlike the SCBA (Self Contained Breathing Apparatus) oxygen tanks, these units are lightweight and have no risk of  secondary explosions due to oxygen tank issues.  No maintenance and no special fitting are needed. Each closed system unit has an orange hood that fits any sized head. The nose/mouthpiece has been tested, passed and certified by SGS. This oxygen respirator unit is vacuum sealed in a bag: no moisture can enter. Just open, escape and throw it away.  The case is steel: certified and compliant for IMO, International Maritime Organization for use in engine rooms and areas of ships below deck.

The respirator hood is made from PVC that provides protection for up to 100 degrees Celsius (over 2000 degrees Fahrenheit) as well as direct flame and hot falling ash protection.The high temperature rubber neck band seals off the breathing area to keep 100% of any possible toxins from entering the respirator.

Other uses for this self-rescue oxygen generating respirator are private yachts, chemical facilities, oil platforms and refineries, hotels, high rise office buildings, correctional facilities, police, military, fire rescue, first responders, subways, or underground mining industry.

Safe Escape Oxygen Generating Self-Rescue Respirator AFSY30 EEBD Stainless Steel Case Features:

    Self-contained oxygen generation for 30 to 60 minutes
    SGS certified mouthpiece and nose piece
    IMO certified and compliant for use in engine room areas and ship areas below deck.
    PVC hood withstands temperatures up to 1000 degrees C.
    Hood color is orange
    Stainless Steel Hard Case: 4 inches by 5.25 inches by 7.5 inches
    Weight: approx. 2 KG or 5 lbs.
    WARRANTY: This product has a 5 year Shelf Life from the Date of Manufacture.
    FREE ONE TIME REPLACEMENT, Excluding shipping costs/ Taxes or Duties) should you use it in an actual Documented Case where Fire / Smoke are or / were present where-upon these units were used to facilitate escape or while awaiting rescue during the 4 or 5 years. Product should be returned to Distributor or Ourselves along with a Official Report from Law Enforcement / Fire / Civil Defense / Military Authorities in order to verify its usage in an actual situation where Smoke and/or Fire were present. We will replace them Once During the 5 Year Shelf Life. For Government Agencies / Departments no more than once a year with proper documentation supporting their claim and the return to us of the used unit along with documentation / official police / fire report.

Note: Special colors are available in minimum orders of 500 units. Imprinting is available. Available colors include black, sand and army green.

Safe Home also sells the same unit in a hard case made from PVC plastic, the SafeEscape Oxygen Generating Self Rescue Respirator, Hard Case and in a soft case, the Safe Escape Oxygen Generating Self Rescue Respirator, Soft Case, 10/CS

These are a special order item: typically made to order for delivery within two weeks.Minimum purchase is a case of 10 units.

Thank you for your question.

Sincerely,

Barbara

Automatic Blood Pressure Monitors with Irregular Heart Beat Indicator and JNC7 Bar Indicator for Blood Pressure

by Barbara 12. February 2012 13:21

Question about automatic blood pressure monitors that show an irregular heart beat has occurred.

Q: " Which blood pressure monitors give indications of an irregular heart beat? My mother was told she has this problem. I want to keep track of my blood pressure and know if or when I have it, too. Thanks. Lily."

Answer: The definition of an irregular heartbeat or arrhythmia is a heartbeat that varies by 25% from the average of all heartbeat intervals during a blood pressure measurement. According to WebMD, "arrhythmias may be caused by many different factors, including:

  • Coronary artery disease.
  • Electrolyte imbalances in your blood (such as sodium or potassium).
  • Changes in your heart muscle.
  • Injury from a heart attack.
  • Healing process after heart surgery.

Irregular heart rhythms can also occur in "normal, healthy" hearts." And there are no symptoms in those situations.

"A normal heart rate is 50 to 100 beats per minute. Arrhythmias and abnormal heart rates don't necessarily occur together. Arrhythmias can occur with a normal heart rate, or with heart rates that are slow (called bradyarrhythmias -- less than 50 beats per minute). Arrhythmias can also occur with rapid heart rates (called tachyarrhythmias -- faster than 100 beats per minute). In the United States, more than 850,000 people are hospitalized for an arrhythmia each year.refrain from talking during measurements. arrhythmia can be silent and not cause any symptoms. A doctor can detect an irregular heartbeat during a physical exam by taking your pulse or through an electrocardiogram (ECG)." from WebMD.

The majority of newer automatic blood pressure monitors have an Irregular Heartbeat symbol appear in the digital display window in the event an Irregular Heartbeat has occurred during measurement. An irregular heartbeat is defined as a heartbeat that varies by 25% from the average of all heartbeat intervals during the blood pressure measurement.

The blood pressure monitors below also use an bar indicator advocated by the The Seventh Report of the Joint National Committee on Prevention, Evaluation and Treatment of High Blood Pressure for Adults. National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute - May 2003. This is a feature which provides a snapshot of your blood pressure classification based on your measurements. This will let you quickly know what your blood pressure readings mean. Each segment of the bar indicator corresponds normal, prehypertensive, hypertensive 1 or hypertensive 2.The Systolic reading is first and the diastolic reading is second.

  • Normal less than 120 and less than 80
  • Prehypertension 120-139 or 80-89
  • Stage 1 Hypertension 140-159 or 90-99
  • Stage 2 Hypertension 160 or 100

When taking your blood pressure or when your nurse or physician takes it, you should relax, remain still and refrain from talking. (My doctor's nurse always wants me to answer questions, maybe that is one reason why my bp is always higher in their office?, White collar bp syndrome!)

Keys to Successful Monitoring: Blood pressure fluctuates throughout the day. We recommend that you are consistent in your daily measurement routine:
• Measure at the same time every day.
• Sit in the same chair/position.
• Do not cross legs and keep your feet flat on the floor.
• Relax for 5 minutes before measurement.
• Use the correct cuff size to get an accurate reading.
• Sit still during measurement – no talking, eating or sudden
movements.
• Record your measurement in a logbook.

Here are some blood pressure monitors we currently sell that have the irregular heart beat symbol in the display:

The models change every year or so.

I hope I have answered your questions.

Sincerely,

Barbara

ToppleStop Furniture Safety Straps Secure TVs and Furniture For Kid Safety

by Barbara 10. February 2012 08:50

Question about keeping TV sets from injuring or killing children using furniture securing devices.

Q:"In the USA Today on February 9, 2012, a news article talked about 4 children killed or critically injured in the Chicago area when TV's fell on them. How can I make sure my children are safe? We have one old style television and a big screen that sits on a table. Thanks. Sara.

Answer: TV's can injure or kill children. Even small sets when knocked off a tall dresser are dangerous. In 2010 or 2011 Consumer Reports recommended ToppleStop furniture and TV straps for securing furniture. Each set of Topple Stops has two straps, one secures to a wall stud on one to the TV set or the stand. One accident was when a TV set sat on a flimsy aquarium stand. TV sets must be on a heavy piece of furniture with slip resistant feet and a low center of gravity. Children also like to pull out dresser drawers and try to clim to the top: a disaster waiting to happen.

So Topple Stops are furniture straps that you attach to the back of solidly set furniture and secure to wall studs behind the furniture. Topple Stops let you anchor appliances and furniture that weighs up to 400 lbs. For items that weigh up to 200 lbs. install a minimum of 1 kit with two point attaching. You need two kits or four point attachment for objects that weigh 200 to 400 lbs. Remember that nothing substitutes for parental supervision.

For metal units, you attach Topple Stop half with an adhesive pad to a dry surface cleaned with isopropyl alcohol (that gets off any residual grease). Then you attach the other half to a wall stud.

For wooden units, the preferred attachment method is using #8 x 1 inch wood screws to attach the fasteners to the frame or the inside edges top or sides of the furniture.

The wall attachment requires using #10 x 2 inch wood screws to the wall studs behind the furniture. If studs are metal, use t-bar anchors to toggle bolts. You can use wall anchors if each has a minimum holding strength of 100 pounds.

Heavy Duty ToppleStop Furniture Fastening System Kit Contents:

  • Two (2) grey Thumb Lock fasteners, 2" long by one wide with 3/4" lock lever. Use with wood screws or 3M VHB adhesive attachment. (Bonding Times: Wait four hours before adding strap. Adhesive fully bonds after 72 hours.)
  • Two (2) 12" long, 3/4" wide grey locking strap with grommet for wood screw attachment.
  • Four (4) #8 x 1" wood screws for furniture attachment    Two (2) #10 x 2" wood screws for wood wall stud attachment.

Thumb lock fastener attaches to locking strap. Fastener can be moved and locked in either direction on the strap. Lift locking lever to "open." Lock fastener on strap by pushing lever down firmly. Note: Thumb Lock adhesive is non-hardening. Fasteners can be removed without damaging surface if slowly and gently pried off with appropriate tool.Suggestion: Install when children are not present, i.e. asleep for the night.

We also recommend Topple Stops for use in day care centers, hotels, motels, etc. to increase safety and reduce liability insurance costs.

Product Performance Warranty: This product does NOT replace child supervision. This product is only intended to help or reduce movement of equipment during jarring movement. It is common understanding that fastened equipment should fare better during jarring movement than equipment that is not fastened, helping to reduce the amount of damage and injury that could result. No warranty can be properly applied to the performance of the products due to the uncertainty of forces generated, and numerous variables involved in a jarring event, or natural disaster. Products that are defective in material and workmanship prior to installation of the product will be replaced. The user or third party installer accepts liability for injury, loss, or damage, direct or consequential, arising from use or misuse or inability to use the product.

Thanks for your question.

Sincerely,

Barbara