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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

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

Use Cardinal All Metal Safety Gates for Outdoor Pet and Child Safety

by Barbara 3. September 2011 14:20

Question about metal safety gates for outdoor use.

Q: "Which gates do you sell that can be used outdoors? We are looking for a metal gate to mount on our outdoor deck to keep children and pets from falling down the stairs to the lower level. We have already installed black deck netting to protect the openings between the deck posts. Thanks. Bill."

Answer: Safe Home sells several metal gates that will fulfill your needs. All Cardinal brand gates are JPMA certified & adhere to guidelines as set forth by the JPMA & the Consumer Products Safety Commission.

Cardinal Stairway Special Gates come in brown , black and white gates with stainless steel hardware. The Stairway Special Outdoor Gate (Model SS-30OD) come with stainless steel hardware. Optional stainless steel mounting kits are available for Stairway Special Gates bought without the stainless steel hardware.  These safety gates are powder coated so the finish is long-lasting and easily cleaned. Features include a latch system that baffles toddlers yet allows one hand operation for adults, and an optional stop bracket prevents opening over a stairway for greater safety. The Stairway Special will mount at angles up to 30 degrees allowing location of a stud when mounting on drywall.

Stairway Special Gate Features:

  • Gate width is adjustable 27 inches  to 42. 5 inches
  • Height: 29.5 inches
  • Bar Spacing: 2.5 inches
  • Width extensions: 10.5 inch extension (Model BX1) extends width from 42.25 inches to 53 inches. 21.75 inch extension (Model BX2) increases width from 42.5 to 64 inches.

Cardinal Gates Duragates are available in white and taupe. This steel gate is powdercoated for durability. Model MG-25 has a simple mounting system, easy assembly and can mount at any angle. If you need a taller gate, the Duragates also come with height extensions. There are two models, the taupe gate and the white gate, each with an 8 inch height extension included. A total of two extensions can be added increasing the height a total of 16 inches.Width extensions are also available in in white or in taupe.

  • Width is adjustable from 26 ½" to 41 ½"
  • Height 29 ½"
  • Bar Spacing 2 ½"
  • 12” extension (Model BX12) is available for openings 41 ½" to 54"

Please measure carefully. Gates are returnable only if damaged in transit or in unopened boxes. Hope this helps.

Thanks for your question.

Sincerely, Barbara

Lightweight, Cool Sun Hats for Babies and Kids Give 360 Degree Sun Protection

by Barbara 22. July 2009 08:13

Question about Sunday Afternoon Sun Protection Hats for Children

Q: "I usually wear a baseball cap to keep the sun out of my eyes and wear sunscreen. My children ages 2 to 6 dislike having sunscreen applied to their faces and won't wear sunglasses for more than a few minutes at a time. They are quite active physically so most hats won't stay on. What are the odds that they'd wear the Sunday Afternoon Sun Hats? How do they stay on?" Thanks. Matt

Answer: First, please consider a Sunday Afternoon adventurer hat for yourself as your ears, neck and most of your face remain exposed with a baseball cap. When you don't need the neck protection, you can use the velcro to pull it off your neck onto the hat. It is great to not have to worry about sunscreen.   More...