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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

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

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-Alert Combustible Gas Alarm or a Safety Siren III natural gas alarm near your natural gas appliances such as ranges, fireplaces, etc.

With the Scentry III GFRAB, you can add additional remote sensors, a battery back-up and a connection to a home monitoring system if you have one or plan to get one.

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.

Thanks for your questions.

Sincerely,

Barbara

 

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. A popular choice is the Safe Escape ASE 30 Smoke Hood in the soft case. For quantities of hard case units that can be hung on the wall or on near fire exits, consider a case of Safe Escape 30 minute hard case smoke hoods in a case of 20. 60 minute smoke hoods are also available as well as oxygen generating smoke hoods that use a chemical process, thus eliminating the risks of oxygen explosions.

SAFETY CODE COMPLIANCES includes:

  • Smoke and Fire safety Hood Mask conforms with USFA-FEMA standards.
  • European Standard EN 403.
  • Australian and New Zealand Standard AS/NZS 1716:1994.
  • Thailand Disaster Prevention
  • Department of the Interior Ministry. Japanese Standard 248.

 

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

Replace Safe-T-Alert RV30-441 Propane Alarm With a Safe-T-Alert 35-741,CO Alarm/Gas Alarm Combo

by Barbara 24. October 2013 06:05

Question about replacements for CCI Controls Propane Alarm 7770.244.

Question: "What 12 Volt RV gas alarm can replace my CCI Controls 7770.244 that is beeping? I also need a new carbon monoxide alarm." Thanks. Steve.

Answer: Safe-T-Alert has two units, the Safe-T-Alert 30-441 and the Safe-T-Alert 35-741. Both are surface mount units.  If you want to add more carbon monoxide detection, I suggest the new combination units, the 35-741 which comes in a black surface mount RV alarm and a white unit. The 30-441, gas only monitor with alarm, comes in brown and white. Both have approximately the same dimensions as the old CCI units.

If your carbon monoxide alarm is hard-wired, please look at these two units, the Safe-T-Alert 65-542 and the Safe-T-Alert 65-541 . The first is flush mounted, i.e. the rear of the unit goes into your RV wall. The second is flush mounted. These are available in white, brown and black.

If your carbon monoxide alarm is battery powered, consider replacing it with the Costar 9RV which meets all the RVIA specs for humidity and temperature ranges. For more protection, install the Costar 12RV-DB which hooks to both your coach 12 volt system and to your RV 12 volt engine battery. This unit draws from the unit with the most power and also has a 9 volt battery back-up.

And make sure your smoke alarm was replaced within the past 5 years as well. Nothing more annoying than being woken in the middle of the night by a false alarm! The Safe-T-Alert 775 is a 9 volt battery powered unit that is UL listed and approved for RV use.

Thanks for your question.

Sincerely,

Barbara

Sturdy Orange Trailer Wheel Jack Pad, The Trailer Dock, for Boat Trailers, Pop-Up Campers and RV Trailers's

by Barbara 28. August 2013 07:03

Question about how to keep boat trailer wheel from sinking into soft ground.

Question: "Do you have a product to keep my boat trailer wheel from sinking into soft ground? Thanks. Steve."

Answer: We sell the Trailer Dock by MTI Industries. Use the Safe-T-Alert Trailer Dock at camp sites, in your driveway, garage, parking lot, beach, storage location,etc. The Trailer Dock supports up to 1000 lbs. tongue weight! This trailer accessory makes your life easier! Orange so you won't lose it. Measures 12 inches by 12 inches with 5.5 inch circular depression for wheel. Drain hole in center of depression so rain can drain out into ground.  Works on concrete, asphalt, sand, rock, dirt, grass - even muddy locations. Replaces those worn 2 by 4's. No more sinking in the mud. No dents in the driveway. Use instead of a wheel chock.

RV Jack Pad Trailer Dock Specifications and Features:

  • Bright orange sturdy plastic: hard to lose!
  • Easy lift with the rope handle.
  • Light weight
  • Floats
  • Tough enough to drive over. Guaranteed not to crush, crack, or break down.
  • Maximum tongue weight: 1,000 lbs. 
  • Dimensions: 12 x 12 inch square
  • 5.5 inch diameter center circular depression for wheel
  • Center: about 1.25 inches deep to center
  • Drain hole in center of depression.
  • Lifetime Manufacturer's Warranty from cracking / breaking.
  • By Safe-T-Alert, MTI Industries


Directions: Place Trailer Dock on ground. Crank Wheel Stand down into Trailer Dock until the trailer jack stand is secure. To reduce the chance of rolling, rotate wheel sideways to any slope in ground. Do not use on steep grades nor as a wheel chock. Do not use with wheel or plate stands that do not fit securely on the stand.

Enjoy your boat even more with the Trailer Dock.

Thanks for your question.

Sincerely,

Barbara

 

Choosing the Correct John Sterling Window Guard Type to Meet My Needs

by Barbara 13. August 2013 08:05

Question about which John Sterling Window Guards I should purchase.

Q: "I need to protect windows in an apartment complex. I started an order for John Sterling 1125 window guards that did not complete. Please help me.Thanks. Walter"

Answer: There are three types of John Sterling window guards, the 1120 series that meet NYC requirements for non-sleeping rooms, the 1130 series, that come in basic bulk packaging and in units that include mounting bars, escape pins, brackets and screws and the 1170 series, currently only one model that swings open and removes from the mounting posts.

We determined in our phone call that you needed John Sterling 1130 series that open. Below is basic information for anyone who needs to install window guards.

John Sterling Window Guard Types: Fixed or Non-Opening and Swing Open. Check with your local building inspector for the code that applies to your city or state prior to ordering. Measure windows accurately. John Sterling does not recommend mounting these guards vertically.

Non-Opening Window Guards. 1120 Series. 4.5 inch spacing between the bars. These can be ordered in White or Black These are secured with 2.5 inch #10 One Way Screws. To remove the guards, you must break off the screw head and drill out the screw. Add 4 inches to bar height for maximum covered opening. Meet NYC standards for non-sleeping windows.

JS-1123-P   3 Bars 15" H X 23-42"W 
JS-1123-S   3 Bars 15" H X 14-24"W
JS-1123-L   3 Bars 15" H X 42-58"W
JS-1124      4 Bars 20"H X 23-42 "W
JS-1125      5 Bars 25"H X 23-42" W

Non-Opening Window Guards 1130 Series Basic Guards, Bulk Packed. 3.5 inch spacing between the bars. Purchase mounting hardware, locking channel (if desired) etc.  separately. The second number indicates the number of bars. Ex. 1133 has 3 bars and 1139 has 9 bars.  With conversion kits, all can be made swing open type guards. For larger projects, this is the best choice as it is least expensive. White or black.  Add 4 inches for maximum coverage, ex. JS-BK-1133 will protect 11 to 15 inch opening. The last number indicates # of bars. Ex. 1133=3 bars.
         1. JS-BK-1133     11"x 24-42"W
         2. JS-BK-1134-S  14"x 14-24"W
         3. JS-BK-1134     14"x 24-42"W
         4. JS-BK-1134-L  14"x 41-58"W
         5  JS-BK-1135     18"x 24-42"W
         6. JS-BK-1136     22"x 24-42"W
         7  JS-BK-1136-L  22"x 41-58"W
         8. JS-BK-1136-EL 22"x 58-76"W
         9  JS-BK-1138     30"x 24-42"W
         10 JS-BK-1139    33"x 24-42"W

Opening Window Guards 1130 Series. Swing Open. 3.5 inch spacing between the bars. White or Black. Opening protected can be horizontal or vertical. PKG indicates that the screws, locking channel, mounting bracket, lock pin are included.Only white are listed below. The EL and L units are special packages Safe Home had made up since these wider units are not otherwise available except to commercial installers. Add a maximum of 4 inches to the height for maximum window protection.


        1. JS-1133              11"x24-42"W  3Bars Protect opening 11-15 Inches
        2. JS-1134              14"x24-42"W  4Bars Protect opening 14-18 Inches
        3. JS-1135              18"x24-42"W  5Bars Protect opening 18-22 inch
        4. JS-1136              22"x24-42"W  6Bars Protect opening 22-26" Inches
        5. JS-1136-L-PKG     22"x41-58"W  6Bars Protect Opening 22-26" 41-58"Wide
        6. JS-1136-EL-PKG   22"x58-76"W  6Bars Protect Opening:22-26",58-76"wide
        5  JS-1138-PKG       30"x24-42"W  8Bars Protect opening 30-34",24-42"Wide
        6. JS-1139-PKG       33"x24-42"W  9Bars Protect opening 33-37",24-42"wide

Opening Window Guard 1170 Series. Angle Iron. White or Black. Has Locking Channel. Lifts out from mounting brackets. Very difficult to cut with bolt cutters.

JS-1175      21"x24-42 inches.

Please measure your window openings carefully. Remember that window locks are available to limit window openings. These are both keys and un-keyed styles.

Thanks for your question. Go to SafeHomeProducts.com and put the product code of the window guards require into the search bar.

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

Safe-T-Alert Manufacturer Rebate on Many 12Volt RV Gas Alarms 1-1-15 thru 10-31-2015

by Barbara 27. March 2013 07:13

Question about the rebate on Safe-T-Alert 12 Volt Gas Alarms.

Q:"Which models does the manufacturer's rebate cover? How do I get the rebate? Thanks, Mike."

Answer: The rebates are either $10 or $20 depending upon the model/models purchased by an end user. Limited to one LP Gas Alarm and/or one Carbon Monoxide Alarm OR one Dual LP / CO alarm per end user. In other words, the rebate is a maximum of $20 per customer.

  • RV Dual Carbon Monoxide/LP Gas Alarm models: 35-741, 35-742, 70-742 and 70-742-Kit (The Kit includes a gas valve. This unit shuts off gas if a leak is detected.) Eligible for a $20 rebate.
  • RV Carbon Monoxide Alarm model 60-541, 60-542, 65-541 or 65-542   Eligible for a $10 rebate.
  • RV LP Gas Alarm model 20-441, 30-441, 30-442, 40-441 or 40-442      Eligible for a $10 rebate

Obtain the rebate form from the Safe Home Products website. We do our best to include a rebate form with every unit we ship directly from Iowa City. Occasionally, we are out of stock and the unit ships directly from the manufacturer as a favor to us and to our customers.

To qualify:

1. Complete rebate form.
2. Enclose the following document(s): completed rebate form, a copy of the receipt or invoice, and the original UPC code from the product packaging.
3. Send all of these items to MTI Industries. The rebate and all documents must be received no later than

Rebates:
This mail-in rebate offer is valid only with purchases between March 1, 2013 and September 30, 2013 by an end user. Rebate must be postmarked by October 31, 2013.

Eligible Participants:
To qualify for this rebate, only the actual purchaser of the qualifying product may participate. End user must keep copies of all
materials sent. Materials received become the property of MTI Industries and will not be returned. No reproductions of UPC codes accepted. Please allow
8-10 weeks for receipt of rebate. MTI Industries is not responsible for lost, late, damaged, illegible, misdirected or postage-due mail. Use of multiple
addresses to obtain multiple rebate requests is fraudulent and could result in federal prosecution under the U.S. Mail Fraud statutes. PO Boxes are not
accepted for this promotion.

Restrictions:
Limit one rebate submission per household. Rebate issued in U.S. Dollars. Valid while supplies last for purchases made in the 50 United States and Canada. Promotion is void where prohibited or restricted by law. Not valid with any other rebate offer. Your right to receive the rebate will automatically terminate if you fail to negotiate your rebate check by the expiration date on it.

Disclaimer:
MTI Industries products may not be returned for refund once the rebate form has been submitted. Failure to submit any of the requested documentation will delay or
prevent the rebate issuance. MTI Industries also reserves the right to interpret the rules of this promotion at its sole discretion and all decisions made by
MTI Industries are final. MTI Industries is not responsible for any liabilities, taxes or expenses incurred by end user as a result of this promotion. Offer void where prohibited, taxed or restricted by law.

Thank you for your question.  Go to SafeHomeProducts.com to see blogs to help you match your CCI controls gas or carbon monoxide alarms to replacement ones by Safe-T-Alert. All Safe-T-Alert units are Made in USA.

Sincerely,
Barbara

Installation Height for Carbon Monoxide Alarms Is Your Choice

by Barbara 8. February 2013 10:52

Question about  installation height for most effective use of carbon monoxide alarms

Q:"How high do I need to install carbon monoxide alarms in my home?" Thanks. Rebecca

Answer: According to information from one of our manufacturers, you can install a CO alarm at any height in your home. The reason is that the molecular weight of air is almost identical to the weight of carbon monoxide. Air is typically composed of 78% nitrogen and 21% oxygen. Nitrogen has a specific weight of 28.013 while carbon monoxide is almost identical 28.011. CO mixes with
Air as their weights are approximately the same.

We advise you put the unit high enough that a child cannot tamper with the unit. Also remember that a minimum of 3 carbon monoxide alarms are recommended for a two story home, one on each level near the stairwells. Put one inside each bedroom if you close bedroom doors at night.

Direct plug-in units, CO alarms connected to a 12 or 24 volt security system and 9 volt battery operated ones give you many options.

We prefer the Costar 9RV, a 9 volt battery powered CO alarm that is for homes or recreational vehicles. These easily mount with two screws. The units cannot be reinstalled on the mounts unless there are batteries installed.

For homes with wired security systems, the CoStar Security System Carbon Monoxide Alarm,12-24SIR is a great choice.

Costar carbon monoxide alarms use a unique sensor that mimics red blood cells. Each sensor takes 28 days to "grow." The sensor reacts with carbon monoxide just as red blood cells do in our bodies. In other words, when a human is exposed to CO, the oxygen in the blood that attaches to red blood cells is replaced gradually by carbon monoxide. When carbon monoxide levels in an area near the sensor reach a level of 70 parts per million in a period of 60 to 240 minutes, the sensor is saturated sufficiently to set off an alarm. Below 35 ppm no alarm will sound. At 150 ppm, the alarm goes off within 10 to 50 minutes. At a level of 400 ppm, the alarm sounds within 4 to 12 minutes. 400 ppm alarm within 4 to 15 minutes.

Safe Home also sells RV carbon monoxide alarms that wire to both 12 volt systems, the coach and the engine, and have a 9 volt battery back-up. The CoStar 12RV-DB 12V RV CO Alarm W/9V Battery Backup protects you even if the 12 volt system is disconnected.

We also sell co alarms by other manufacturers that plug directly into 120VAC outlets. The only problem here is that few outlets are above a child's reach.

Thanks for your question.

Sincerely,

Barbara