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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

Door Guardian Door Lock for Child Safe Closets, Basements and Entry Doors

by Barbara 17. November 2010 11:37

Question about the Door Guardian door lock for use on basement doors and pantry doors.

Q: "We live in a house where the basement door is hinged to open into our kitchen. I am concerned about my curious toddler opening the door with the levered door "knob" and falling down the steep stairs and getting injured. Also there are items in our pantry like dog food that I don't want dumped out while my back is turned. Is this the right product for us? We don't want to install deadbolts in the doors because they are hollow core and the next owner may not see that as positive. Thanks. Sara."

Answer: Yes, the Door Guardian is a terrific child safety device to keep inward swinging doors closed to curious children. When my sons were young, we had a similar set-up and had to install a double turn dead bolt lock high on a hollow core door, a rather permanent installation.

Installation sometimes means mortising out the door frame as the unit has to be level when installed. The lock portion should not cause any harm to the door itself. Mount the Door Guardian high on the door frame so that only older children and adults can reach it. Otherwise, you could find yourself locked in the basement! This is a great addition to a pantry door and a lot less expensive that the combination door lock my son and his wife installed to keep the children from midnight raids that left the kitchen a mess.

Mount the Door Guardian unit at least six inches higher than the door knob or the deadbolt. Depending upon the door frame, you may have to mortise out an area so that the stationary part of the unit can be mounted straight, otherwise the lock part may not keep the door closed. Included are two long dry wall screws and three metal self-tapping screws if your door frame is metal.

Slide forward and flip closed to lock. Slide and turn to open the lock. This is installed on the side of the door with the door knob, on the side that swings inward.

Choose from:

Thank you for your question. Let us know if you have other child proofing concerns: we are happy to help you.

Sincerely,

Barbara

Quantity Purchases of Window Guards for an Apartment Complex

by Barbara 10. April 2008 07:10

Question about Window Guards: "My company needs 200 white window guards. We will be installing these in an apartment complex. I was going to purchase these on-line and wanted to know the best shipping method. These are for windows where the bottom pane moves up and down. I was looking at the John Sterling Window Guards that are 20 inches high and fit a window that is 24 to 42 inches in width." -Erin

Answer: Erin, before we talk about best shipping methods, there are many questions that we need to have answered as Safe Home Products wants to make sure that your company purchases the correct guards and the correct brand of guards for your particular application.

Safe Home Products sells two brands of window guards, Guardian Angel guards are totally removable from the mounting bars and are ASTM approved for New Jersey installations. A different guard is the John Sterling ASTM approved for New Jersey applications. The John Sterling guards come in several types including fixed, swing open, and removable. The John Sterling 1120 series is New York City code approved; the 1130 series is New Jersey approved. Some John Sterling guards have an option for a locking pin or a lock for security purposes. Both brands of window guards can be installed in a wide variety of windows including sliders, horizontally opening windows and casements that wind or push out.

A. Code requirements: Many cities, counties, states have code requirements. Among the codes are these factors:

1. Amount of window opening that must be covered by the guards.

2. Bar spacing requirements: 3.5 inches or 4 inches or 4.5 inches.

3. Open space allowed between the bottom bar and the bottom of the window opening and the top bar and the top of the window opening. Can a permanent window stop be used to keep that top opening at a particular level (say 3.5 to 4 inches)?

4. Fixed (non removeable) Guards versus Removeable Guards: Some codes require that all guards be removable or swing open. Other codes say that fixed must be put in non-sleeping areas, etc.

5. Locking Requirement? Presence or absence of a hole in the window for purposes of using a locking pin or lock device.

6. Requirements for non-opening guards at or above a particular level in a building? (In some cities, the guards installed above the 6th floor must be fixed as fire ladder trucks can rarely reach beyond a 6th floor to rescue people through windows.)

7. Do you want to order bulk packed guards? There is one John Sterling window guard that can be purchased bulk, i.e. you purchase the window guard, the locking channel, the screws, etc. all separately. This guard also comes in white or black.

B. Accurate measurements of the windows: We quote window guards based upon the information provided to us by our customers. Many guards differ in size by only 1 inch. For example, if the window opening is 23 inches wide, the guards we discussed cannot be used. Similarly if the window opening is 42.5 inches, you would need a different sized guard.

D. How will the guards be mounted? Interior or Exterior within a room to be protected? Most guards are mounted inside the interior window frame. There are options for mounting John Sterling window guards side by side to fill larger width or banks of windows. For example when 3 larger double hung windows are in a single window frame, there are supports that can be used for side by side installation. Also some people prefer to mount the guards by securing into the window studs that are around the window.

D. Color: Guardian Angel come only in white. The John Sterling Max Series 1700 come only in white. The John Sterling 1100, 1200 and 1300 series are availabe in off-white or black(special order for larger quantities)

C. Delivery options. Delivery by truck (common carrier) is the most economical for larger orders of guards. The goods would be put on wooden or plastic pallets.

1. Availability of a loading dock? If not, there would be additional shipping charges for a truck with a lift gate.

2. Someone to unload the truck. The freight company's responsibility ends with arrival on site unless special, costly arrangements are made in advance. A fork lift, pallet jack (if a loading dock is available) or manpower would be needed to remove the guards from the truck. Most trucking companies deliver by appointment. So we would need a phone number for the delivery location/person.

3. Is this a commercial address? In general, freight companies will deliver only to commercial business addresses.

4. To get an accurate freight quote, we would need to have a street, city and zip code. With the current fluctuation in fuel prices, this quotation would probably have to be amended prior to shipment of the goods as it would be "good" only for 3 to 4 days.

D. Estimated Time to Deliver On-Site: Orders of 100 or more window guards generally take 14 days to 21 days to manufacture. Occasionally, goods can ship faster than that. Time in transit once shipped averages 4 to 6 days.

Once we get the information above, we can then quote the costs more accurately. For example, if the bar spacing of 4 inches is acceptable, we can quote a comparable guard that is 22 inches high and can be configured both as a fixed and a removable guard. If the 3.5 inch spacing is part of the code, we have only one option to quote and it is a 20 inch high guard.

I hope this information is helpful to you and others who are purchasing window guards to protect children from window falls.

If you have more questions, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Sincerely,
Barbara