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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

 

Sliding Door Lock and Sliding Window Lock for Security and Child Safety

by Barbara 2. January 2012 10:42

Question about how to install a sliding door lock on my interior closet doors, my exterior slider windows and my patio sliding door.

Q: "I do not want to install window guards on my windows but I do want to get some ventilation during the winter months here in Florida. We are on the Atlantic side and the breezes are great right now (January). I am concerned about security on the patio door. and downstairs windows. For the upstairs windows, I am concerned more about child safety when grandkids visit. What do you suggest? Thanks. Julie."

Answer: The Cardinal Gates Patio Door Lock comes only in white. the Patio Door Guardian allows you to lock the door with a 3" gap for ventilation. Use on right and left handed sliding doors. Recognized as "one of the best new child safety products" by the National Safe Kids Campaign in Washington, D.C., the Patio Door Guardian works double duty as both a security device and as a childproofing lock.  This unit has a 2 position spring loaded lock with a left and right stop. The keeper plates allows for a 3 inch ventilation gap without minimizing security. This fits most sliding doors and most windows that are vinyl, aluminum or wood. The questions and answers below should help you make your decision.

A new option for sliding doors is the Cardinal Gate Lock-N-Block Sliding Door Gate This gate requires some minor assembly.

Assembly Instructions

  • Choose appropriate screw-in clamps for your door. Screw clamps into gate. These clips will fasten to your open sliding glass door.
  • Screw the stabilized pads into the opposite side of gate. These fit into C-channel of the door frame.
  • Attach gate to open door with clamps, fitting gate into door jamb. Close door to lock in gate.
  • Screw door stop to sliding track to secure sliding door.

Gate Operation:

  • Push red safety button and lift handle 90 degrees upward.
  • Pull gate to open.
  • Close gate and lower handle back to original position.
  • Gate will click when locked.

Gate Dimensions :

  • Gate width is 24"
  • Height 30.5"
  • Thickness: 1"
  • Bar Spacing 1 7/8"
  • Fits all standard sliding doors 1" and 1.5" thick

Lock and Block Sliding Glass Door Gate Features :

  • Patent Pending! Only sliding glass door gate available on the market today!
  • Securely clamps onto the functional panel of a sliding panel door.
  • Helps reduce the risk of injury to your infant or pet, as well as damage to your sliding screen door.
  • Safety gate swings open in both directions, allowing easy entering and existing.
  • Use gate and screen door simultaneously
  • Steel construction
  • Gate swings open in both directions
  • 1 year manufacturer against warranty defects.
  • Gives visibility to sliding doors so child does not run into the sliding door.
  • Along with parent supervision, parents can feel comfortable leaving the sliding door open allowing the fresh air to circulate.
  • Can also be used as a pet gate.
  • Color: White gate with gray hardware.


Questions and Answers:

  •  Will the Patio Door Guardian work on all Patio Doors? This lock is designed to work on all inside sliding Patio Doors.
  •  Will the Patio Door Guardian secure my Patio Door from intruders?This lock is designed to keep your patio door closed and though it does have security benefits it does not lock with a key. It will deter intruders as significant force would have to be used to penetrate the door.
  •  When I mount the Patio Door Guardian to my patio door, how do I determine where to put the screws? You must mount the screws away from the edge of the glass on the sliding door, so you do not break the glass. Do not rely only on the location of mounting plate holes provided with your Patio Door Guardian instructions. Hold the lock up to the desired height and mark your mounting holes away from the glass edge of the door.

I would look at other options for sliding closet doors unless your doors are solid and white. One option would be the Window Guardian Window Stoppers, 4/BOX which are removable suction cups that can stop sliding closet doors as well as windows to keep kids out. These would have to placed in at least two places per door to keep the door from sliding.

Thank you 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