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Shorten Shade Cords with Safety Cleats to Reduce Child Deaths

by Barbara 3. December 2016 07:28

Dear Readers,

Cardinal Gates Shade Cord Safety Cleats popped into my head when I watched the Nightly News last night (December 2, 2016). The story focussed on the tragic deaths of two young children who strangled in danging shade cords. My heart goes out to these families and others who've had similar tragedies over the years. Mini-blind cords are reportedly among the most dangerous.

According to information on the internet, cords longer than 8 inches are not safe. Installation of new cordless shades is recommended. For those many families who cannot afford those purchases, Cardinal Gates Shade Cord Safety Cleats add a modicum of safety. No, this is not a fool proof solution. It is a safety option until cordless shades or blinds are installed.

Loose cords are strangulation hazards for children up to age 8, according to an internet article. By consistently wrapping dangling cords high above a child's reach, the temptation is lessened. We also recommend keeping chairs, sofas, stools, etc. away from windows where shades are mounted.

Buy one, buy 12. Safe Home saves you money with bulk packaging. In our home there are no children under 8. One "clawed" Siamese cat did manage to destroy several of our shade cords before we wound the cords up high on cleats. The cleats are hardly noticeable. We prefer to keep shades up in most rooms also due to Buddy's love for clawing them!

Cardinal Gates Shade Cord Safety Wrap, Clear Cleat, 12/BX or Cardinal Gates Cord Safety Wrap, Clear Cleat are featured on our website. Use for short, long and/or thick cords. Install cleat high enough so children and cats cannot reach it. Wrap cord around the cleat. High mounting on the window frame helps to deter attention from the cords. The included VHB (very high bond) adhesive means fast, easy installation. Adheres to metal, glass, wood and plastic. Peel and stick: one hour curing time. No drilling or hardware! Transparent plastic blends into any decor . Dimensions: 3.25 inches long by 0.50 inches deep by 1.00 inches wide. Twelve cord wraps in this package. Loose cords are strangulation hazards for small children.   NOTE: Not recommended for non-ratcheting blinds.  Bulk package: application directions included. Made in China.  Remember no safety product substitutes for adult supervision of children.

We installed these on most of our window shades (Circa 1993) because of our Siamese cat Buddy whose teeth and claws have caused a lot of damage.

Sincerely,

Barbara

Furniture Anchors Prevent Dressers and Chests from Injuring or Killing Children

by Barbara 30. June 2016 04:13

Using furniture securing devices to keep children safe from injuries or death from furniture falling onto them.

Q:"36 million chests and dressers were recalled by IKEA on June 29, 2016. According to IKEA, "products meet all mandatory stability requirements in Europe and other parts of the world." U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission Chairman Elliott Kaye said in a statement on Tuesday that tipped-over furniture or television sets kill a U.S. child every two weeks,How do I keep my children safe? Thanks. Tina

Answer: IKEA furniture is not the only source of such accidents. IKEA is offering free furniture anchors to its customers. Furniture anchors are the best safety device to use. When children pull on dressers in an attempt to open upper drawers or pull out a drawer to climb on, the dresser or chest can easily fall on them. 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.

Topple Stops furniture straps attach to the back of solidly set furniture and secure to wall studs behind the furniture. Topple Stops can 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. Use two kits or four point attachment for objects that weigh 200 to 400 lbs. Remember that nothing substitutes for parental supervision.

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

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.

Sincerely,

Barbara

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

 

 

Use Cardinal Gates Versa Gate to Block Off Low Picture Window From Toddler

by Barbara 28. June 2013 06:05

Question about how which window guards to install to protect a non-opening picture window from a two year old.

Question: "I have a 7 ft high by 5 ft wide picture window in my second floor apartment. How can I protect my granddaughter from falling through this window? I am considering window guards.

Answer: In our discussion, you explained that the window is a double pane and is within inches of the floor. You are on the second floor of a high rise building.

My suggestion is to use a Versa Gate in Oak with extensions if required to keep her away from the window glass. A double paned window is generally quite resistant to breakage. However, accidents happen.

The versa gate comes in white steel as well as the oak color. You can add extensions if needed. The door in the middle allows you access to the window yet keeps your grandchild out.

My concern with window guards is that your window would have to be covered like prison bars. Installation would require holes drilled in your window frame or beyond it. And the cost would be quite high. If you were to use window guards, you would need two of the Guardian Angel 4 bar 7320 units plus one of the 5 bar 7320 units, an expensive answer to your safety question.

The Versa Gate by Cardinal Gates could be attached to your wall studs. After you no longer need it, the screw holes can be patched in the wall board and no one would realize it had even been there.

Thank you for your question.

Sincerely,

Barbara

Protect Sharp Corners of Exterior Metal Posts With UV Treated, Anti-Bacterial, Molded Foam Basic Corner Strips

by Barbara 7. January 2013 10:58

Question about how to safetyproof metal square posts in a Headstart playground area with Boing yellow corner strips

Q: "The director of my Headstart Program wants to protect children in our playground from (16) sixteen 90 degree angle square metal posts. He wants each post protected at least 48 inches from the base of each post. Four metal posts are 4 inches on a side. The other 12 metal metal posts are 3 inches on a side. What do you suggest? Thanks. Helen from Texas."

Answer: After reviewing all the options, I phoned my manufacturer. The only option is to purchase the Basic Corner Strips, cut them and stack them to the appropriate height. These are "Skin Urethane" molded foam strips with a shock absorbing "inner" foam and a thick outer “skin” to protect from abrasion, UV rays, moisture and bacteria.

Polyurethane is a completely self-skinning polymer that is stain-resistant, puncture-resistant and remarkably easy to clean.It resists staining caused by grease, chemicals, waste products, and other liquids, and can be cleaned as easily as a countertop. Polyurethane is naturally antibacterial/antimicrobial and odor-resistant, making it ideal for clean room environments.

Each shape of protective padding or protective corners is made to specific dimensions and baked in a mold for 30-40 minutes. This basic corner strip is currently available in yellow, red, green, blue, orange and ivory. The primary colors are the most popular for safety proofing, especially the yellow. Black and grey are usually available. At this writing, January 7, 2013, neither is available.

I suggest you purchase the case of 25 yellow as you need at least 20 and this is the most economical way to buy. Each stick is 39.5 inches long (39.4 inches on the inside) by 2.25 inches by 2.25 inches and 1/2 inch thick. Cut the sticks to stack them the height that you want. Put the cut side at the bottom and use silicone to seal that edge when you cut these lengths to stack to the 48 inches that your director wants: then water and moisture do not effect the strip. These strips are made to be installed either inside or outside. You need a minimum of 20 strips to cover the 48 inches. This product covers the sharp corner edges of the 90 degree angle posts. There is no product to will "fill in" the missing space.

Boing Safety Corner Edge Strip Features:

  • Designed for all types of wall/equipment/furniture corners, fireplaces etc.
  • Also great for "square posts".
  • Shock Absorbing.
  • Durable and long lasting.
  • Easy installation.
  • Use "GE-Silicone I" or II brand Rubber Silicone.
  • Quick repair or replacement.
  • Waterproof.
  • Can be used indoors or outdoors.
  • Fire retardant.
  • Anti-Bacterial.
  • UV treated.
  • Non-toxic: contains no PVC or phthalates.
  • 10 colors: Red, Orange,Yellow, Ivory,Green, Sky Blue, Indigo, Grey, Brown, and Purple.
  • Colors match 3 D Corner Cushions (not included).
  • Dimensions: Each stick is 39.5" long x 2.25" x 2.25" x 1/2" thick.
  • Non returnable if used.
  • Limited 1 year manufacturer's warranty. 

Basic corner strips are also available in boxes of 4 and 10 strips. Please contact us if you have more questions. Thank you for the opportunity to quote.

Sincerely,

Barbara

 

Choosing John Sterling Window Guards for Casement Windows Based Upon Screen Sizes

by Barbara 16. July 2012 10:59

Question about John Sterling window guards.

Q: " I have just screen sizes for casement windows I want to protect with window guards. Can you help me? Thanks. Sondra.

Answer:

Here is a list of the screen sizes you provided and the window guards suggested by John Sterling.

If the second dimension is height, then turn the guards to mount vertically like prison bars. Use only the fixed if possible because the swing units could swing down and cause injury to someone.

Please go to the SafeHomeProducts.com website for more information.

Hope this helps. Thanks for your questions.

Sincerely,

Barbara


 

Free Standing Pet Gate or Wall Mounted Child Gate With Door Can Be Extra Wide Gates Using Extensions

by Barbara 11. July 2012 14:26

Question about the Cardinal Gates Home Safety VersaGate

Q: "I need a gate for a extra wide doorway. I have both dogs and small children. Yet I would like to be able to open a door in the gate rather than step over it. Which gate or gates do you recommend? My dogs are small ones. Thanks. Sheri."

Answer: The Versagate VG-65 won the Child Safety House Calls Pediatricians Childproofing Product Award 2010 for its modular system, quality metal construction and its 24 inch door. Choose from white steel, light oak stained beechwood with metal gate frame or black metal.The VersaGate VG-65 Basic Gate System Features:

  • Door Section with 24 inch gate: 40 inches total width
  • Gate Extensions: 2, each 20 inches wide.
  • Two rubber-coated, stabilizing feet to increase stability and prevent scratching floors. Use two for the wide door section and one for each gate extension. Each foot is 6 inches in diameter and one inch high. The bottom is textured to them less likely to skid on a slick floor surface.
  • For maximum stability, the feet can be mounted to the floor.
  • Gate Height: 30.5 Inches.
  • Bar Spacing: 2.25 Inches.
  • Gate and frame are both made from strong, sturdy steel except in the beechwood gate which is wood with a metal frame.
  • Door Operation: Push red safety button and lift handle 90 degrees upwards. Pull gate to open. Close gate and lower handle back to original postion. Gate will click when locked.
  • Your Cardinal Gate is warranted to be free of manufacturing defects for a period of one year from the date of purchase when used in homes, and according to manufacturers instructions. When used commercially, such as day care centers, the warranty is 90 days.
  • All Cardinal Gates are JPMA certified & adhere to guidelines as set forth by the JPMA & the Consumer Products Safety Commission.

The VersaGate VG-65 expands to a maximum of 77.25 inches in width. For each additional 1.25 feet needed (16 inches), add one VG-20 extension.(not included). Or choose the VG-10 (not included) or the VG-40 inch extensions (not included).

For additional stability, attach to side walls for a very stable child gate or dog gate. More effective wall-mounting hardware (vertical hole pattern) means the gate can be removed from the wall without removing the screws. Added feet means the Versagate can be installed in a straight line.  Baseboard shims plus easier mounting to stabilizing feet makes this a great pet gate or child gate for almost any situation.

This has been one of our more popular gates.

Thank you for your questions. If you have more questions, please contact us at sales@safehomeproducts.com or phone us.

Sincerely,

Barbara

 

Childproofing A Home Against the Biggest Home Risks to Children

by Barbara 8. July 2012 06:00

Question about the most common dangers to children in and around homes.

Q: "We have a 6 month old baby, our first. Where should we begin to childproof our home? What are the biggest risks to a toddler or younger child? Thanks. Sue."

Answer: According to the USA Today, July 5, 2012 report, the Consumer Protection Product Safety Commission lists drowning, poisoning and tipping furniture as most common dangers. You may recall the baby crib recall. The cribs our parents used for us and we used for our children and grandchildren can no longer be sold. Remember the double release locks you pushed with your foot and the side dropped?  The Commission received reports and does research to determine which products are safe.

Drowning, poisoning and tipping furniture are considered the most common risks to young children. Cordless window blinds are recommended to reduce risks of strangulation.

The COSC recommends that whatever safety devices you buy for do-it-yourself installation or have installed by handymen or professional childproofers meet voluntary industry standards or are recommended by the Juvenile Products Manufacturers Association.

Common sense tells you that poisons, medications, dishwasher detergent, etc. must be stored in secure places whether that place is a cupboard or a closet.

Here are a few suggestions based upon our customers' purchases:

These are childproofing products that are easily installed and may save the life of your child or grandchild or a visiting child.

Thank you for your questions.

Sincerely,

Barbara

 

Cardinal Gates Silver Deck Shield Net with 1/2 Inch Mesh Openings for Child Safety

by Barbara 25. April 2012 06:12

Question about the advantages of the Cardinal Gates 50 Ft. Silver Deck Netting over the Cardinal Gates Black Deck Shield Netting

Q: "Why is the silver so much more expensive than the black? Why would installing it be better than the black? Thanks. Tom."

Answer: The silver deck shield netting has a longer life and is less visible on light colored decks or when used to block animals (or children) from pushing between the pickets of fences. Both are easily installed using the wire ties, etc. included with each deck net kit. Both are made from polypropylene plastic and UV protected.

The major differences between the silver and the black deck netting are as follows:

  • Thickness: Silver is substantially sturdier and thicker—more than 7 times thicker than black. Black is approximately 0.26mm thick. Silver is approximately 1.98mm thick.
  • Size of openings: Silver: each "mesh" rectangle measures ½-inch hole size .  Black: each "mesh" rectangle measures about 1.25" x .75". 
  • Visibility: silver is even less visible from a distance.
  • Height: 35 inches for black and 36 inches for the silver
  • Can cut with scissors
  • Ideal for homeowner associations
  • Cable ties (provided) to attach uv mesh netting to deck posts.
  • Eye screws (provided) to attach plastic netting to deck surface.

There are two other lengths available.

Thank you for your question.

Sincerely,

Barbara