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Reduce Risks for Employees and Customers from Slippery Floors and Keep Insurance Premiums Lower

by Barbara 31. October 2012 08:39

Question about the need to apply an anti-slip formula like Grip On on concrete and tile floors that are slippery when wet.

Q; " Why do I need to apply an anti-slip formula on the ceramic tile in my auto showroom? I have some indoor outdoor rug strips at the door for people to wipe their feet." Thanks. Warren

Answer: First, common sense says that preventing possible accidents is the best way to act when you have a floor that gets slippery either from moisture from beneath or from floor cleaning machines or feet. Having just returned from a trip to China, I will share my experience in a toll road restroom area. Imagine a huge, as in at least 75 feet by 50 feet area that includes a large tiled entrance plus tile in all the Asian and "American" toilets and in front of all of them. Imagine that all this area is wet with a cleaning solution. Shall I add that I walked very carefully because my feet were sliding? And I was concerned I might slide right into the Asian toilet (at least it was a flush one!).  Secondly, Grip On makes concrete, ceramic, marble, granite, terrazzo, quarry tile, slate, and porcelain tile and bathtubs safer by increasing the coefficient of resistance to slipping and sliding. Yet the treatment is invisible.

Third, read what Safety Seal Products, the manufacturer of Grip On writes:

"Slip/fall accidents are a major problem. The statistics are substantial. After auto accidents, SLIP/FALL ACCIDENTS ARE THE LEADING CAUSE OF INSURANCE LIABILITY PAYMENTS. In addition, slip/fall accidents, paid for by workerscompensation claims, have greatly increased over the last 10 years.A

As a general rule of law, if an owner or possessor of a premises is aware of a dangerous condition, which could foresee ably harm an invitee and if he has been put on notice that there is a means to prevent such harm, then it could be inferred that should an accident result in an invitee being harmed, the possessor, owner of the property, would be charged with having the knowledge to correct the defective or accident-causing condition. As a result, the owner may be held to a higher standard of care and his probabilities of being held liable, and for damage against him are likely to be greater.

This partial description of negligence is an excerpt from a letter from our corporate attorneys explaining in simple language, if the owner or processor of a building has a dangerous situation (i.e., a floor that is slippery when wet) and is aware that there is a product available at a reasonable cost that can deter that accident-causing condition and he fails to use it, he has a greater chance of being held liable."

So if you want to keep employees and customers safe and keep your insurance premiums down, we suggest you treat that flooring and any other unsealed concrete flooring in bathrooms, work areas, etc. with Grip On.  Application is fast. You need a clean floor, grease free that is unsealed. You need a mop, a bucket and clean water plus the Grip On. The application lasts for 1 to 3 years or more depending upon the location. Never wax that floor or seal it.

Grip on is inexpensive. Buy in 4 ounce, 16 ounce, gallon, 5 gallon or barrel containers.

Thanks for your question.

Sincerely,

Barbara

Questions and Answers About XP3 Deer Avoidance Systems for Motorcycles, Trucks, Cars, Trains

by Barbara 25. October 2012 07:06

Questions about the XP3 Electronic Deer Avoidance Systems.

Q: "I have a friend who has an XP3 Deer Hornet on his motorcycle. I'd like more information before I add one to mine. Please give me information about this system, how it works, etc. Thanks. Tim."

Answer: The XP3 was invented by Otto Jackson after a motorcycling friend hit a deer. Otto has shared several stories with me, even about how he was once riding in Florida and his XP3 hornet kept a runaway bull from hitting his motorcycle. This is information from XP3 about the Hornet. Quantity Discounts Available. Models available for tractor trailer trucks, RV's, Motor Homes, trains, etc.

Q. Is The Hornet a deer whistle?
A. No. The Hornet should not be compared with air activated deer whistles. In the lab and field testing we performed on deer whistles from 1995 to 1998, we found that air activated deer whistles require a minimum of a 48 M.P.H. Direct air flow to produce any measurable sound level. In our opinion, air activated deer whistles have little to no effect on deterring deer/vehicle accidents.
Q. What is The Hornet?
A. The Hornet is a small electrically powered sonic generator which produces a high powered directional sonic wave. This wave can be tracked at 1600 feet and has demonstrated the ability to alert deer and most other animals of an approaching vehicle with sufficient time and distance to avoid deer/vehicle accidents.
Q. What is Wave Variance Tuning?
A. Wave Variance Tuning combines reverberation and reflection of the signal. The sound wave begins to reverberate as it travels through the barrel of The Hornet. The reverberating wave is then reflected off the road surface, creating a virtual sonic echo effect and allowing the sound wave to carry a much longer distance.
Q. Is The Hornet ultra-sonic?
A. The Hornet operates at a fixed frequency of a 5,000 Hz. square wave pattern and uses Sonic Systems' exclusive Wave Variance tuning, which takes a secondary frequency to the 18,000 to 21,000 Hz. range, well within the normal human's hearing.
Q. Can people hear The Hornet?
A. Most animals, including people, hear within the same frequency ranges, although some animals can hear tones several thousand hertz higher. For most people, The Hornet's output falls within the upper end of their range of hearing and is clearly audible. However, some people, primarily older people, have a narrower hearing range and may not be able to hear The Hornet.
Q. When should I use my Hornet?
A. Always use The Hornet when driving in high-risk areas. Remember that deer are most active from dusk until dawn. Always drive with your headlights on in high-risk areas, stay alert and pay attention to the roadside. Be prepared to act quickly at the first sign of an animal. Blow your horn and NEVER swerve into oncoming traffic or attempt to dodge an animal by driving off the road surface.
Q. If I install The Hornet on my vehicle, will I never hit a deer?
A. The Hornet is not a magical device, although it is a highly effective deterrent against deer/vehicle collisions. We estimate, using The Hornet along with driver awareness, will reduce your risk of a deer/vehicle accident by more than 70%. The Hornet was tested on deer accident-prone police and emergency vehicles over a 3-year period with more than 6 million proven accident-free miles before it was brought to market.
Q. Will I hear the sonic wave in my vehicle?
A. You will not hear The Hornet while you are driving or riding. However, you may hear The Hornet when your vehicle is stopped or you enter an enclosed parking structure such as a parking garage. The wave is very directional and will reflect back from any solid object.
Q. Can The Hornet be installed on a motorcycle?
A. Yes. There is a special motorcycle wiring harness available for The Hornet. It consists of a wiring harness with the new weather-tight connector, control switch and inline fuse.
Q. Will The Hornet annoy pets?
A. Like you, pets will be able to hear The Hornet. We recommend you turn your Hornet off while you are operating your vehicle in a confined residential area, campground, etc. Most animals, particularly non-domesticated animals, may react in some fashion to The Hornet.
Q. Will The Hornet bother my cat or dog in the car?
A. No. Just as you cannot hear The Hornet while you are driving, neither will your animals. The Hornet's directional sonic wave is focused ahead of your vehicle.
Q. Can I turn The Hornet on and off?
A. Yes. The Hornet comes with a toggle switch and switch plate to be mounted either underneath your dashboard or in the dash itself. We recommend using the switch so that you may turn The Hornet on when needed and off if you are in a residential area, parking garage, etc.
Q. Why must The Hornet be pointed at the road surface?
A. The Hornet uses the surface of the road as a reflective plane.
Q. Will The Hornet scare the deer away?
A. The Hornet will alert the animal of your approaching vehicle with sufficient time to avoid a costly collision. Deer are a highly skittish animal and will normally react to The Hornet by stopping, looking and listening to determine if they are being threatened.
Q. Is The Hornet hard to install?
A. No. If you are familiar with and can use normal hand tools, you can install The Hornet in 15 minutes or less. If you are capable of mounting driving lights or installing a radio, youcan easily install The Hornet.
Q. Where do I mount The Hornet?
A. The Hornet may be mounted anywhere under the front side of the vehicle where it has an unobstructed, clear view of the road surface. Ideal locations include under the bumper, behind an open pattern grill, on a cross-member, on the radiator shroud, etc.
Q. Can I mount The Hornet inside the car?
A. No. The Hornet is a small sonic generator that produces a very focused wave that must be projected directly ahead of the vehicle for maximum effectiveness. Therefore, it must be mounted outside the vehicle with a clear, unobstructed view of the road surface, facing forward and pointed at a 45-degree angle to the road surface.
Q. If I do not wish to install The Hornet myself, where can I take it for installation?
A. Any car dealership, mechanical garage, or company that installs radios, CB's, fog lights, etc. can install The Hornet within a few minutes.
Q. Will the weather affect The Hornet?
A. No. The Hornet is water-resistant and is not affected by normal high and low temperature conditions. However, The Hornet is not completely waterproof. If it is submerged in water, the driver circuitry can be damaged. In addition, The Hornet should be protected from any direct water flow, such as a high-powered water jet that may be found in a car wash.
Q. When I have my car washed, will it affect The Hornet?
A. No. However, care should be taken to protect The Hornet from any direct water spray into the output barrel using a plastic bag or other simple cover.
Q. Can The Hornet be left on all the time?
A. Yes. However, we recommend using The Hornet primarily in high-risk areas and while driving at night.
Q. What is the effective range of The Hornet?
A. Models V-120 and V-120C have a wave carrying length of 1,700 feet and an effective range of 800 feet. This means that deer will be aware of your oncoming vehicle 800 feet away and, under ideal conditions, will be aware of your vehicle from as far as 1,700 feet away.
Q. What is the life expectancy of The Hornet?
A. The Hornet has proven to be an extremely reliable electronic device. The oldest Hornets have now been in use for five years without failure.
Q. What is the warranty of The Hornet?
A. The Hornet comes with a 90-day limited warranty and a lifetime service policy. If The Hornet fails during the warranty period, the Company will replace it at no cost to you. If The Hornet fails to operate after the warranty period, the Company will repair or replace The Hornet as necessary for a small service charge plus shipping and handling.
Q. Is The Hornet effective on all animals, such as moose, cows, kangaroo, etc.?
A. Not necessarily. The Hornet is very effective with deer due to the fact that deer have extremely keen hearing and are very skittish animals. Deer will hear The Hornet's sonic wave up to 1,700 feet away, allowing them more than ample time to assess where the sound is coming from, determine that there is possible danger, and move away from the road surface.
Q. Can I use The Hornet to keep deer out of my yard?
A. No. The Hornet is effective on a moving vehicle due to the fact that it is an unfamiliar sound to the animal and is not constant. If The Hornet is used in a fixed location, it will be effective for a short period of time until the animal becomes accustomed to the sonic wave.
Q. Will The Hornet affect my vehicle's electrical system?
A. No. The Hornet uses less than 10mA of electrical power,which is less than the dome light in your vehicle.
Q. How do I know if The Hornet is working?
A. Most people will be able to hear the sonic wave when The Hornet is turned on and the vehicle is stopped (with the window rolled down) or parked.
Q. How does the new V-Series differ from the older S-Series?
A. The new Hornet V Models utilize the latest and most reliable electronic technology and do not require grounding to the vehicle chassis. The V Models also come with a 4’ pigtail and a 3.5mm plug which connects to a new wiring harness which is complete with an inline fuse and does not require drilling a hole in the firewall for the control switch.
Q. What is the difference between the models of the V-120 and the V-135 interstate?
A.

The V-120 in black and V-120C in chrome are 120 dB units with a wave carrying length of approximately 1,700 feet. The V-120C Model has the same specifications as the V-120 except it is triple chrome plated which makes it ideal for motorcycles and certain applications where chrome would be wanted.

The V-135 Interstate is a 135 dB unit with a wave carrying length of approximately 2,200 feet. Because of its power and range, the V-135 is designed to be used on interstate highways and rural high-risk areas.

If you have additional questions, let me know and I'll get the answers from Otto. If you care about your life, remember to be alert at all times of deer, moose, elk, etc. and install a Hornet.

Thanks for your question.

Sincerely, Barbara

Safety Tip: Increase Warehouse and Industrial Safety with Edge Pads on Sharp Edges

by Barbara 19. June 2012 04:16

Question about Kids Edge Cushion Pad Large Profile 2 3/8 x 2 3/8 x 36 Inches, Black 100/Case

Q: "Is this the correct product to cover sharp edges of warehouse shelving? Are there other options? Are there corners to match? We need to increase our warehouse safety. Thanks. Sam."

Answer: To choose the correct product or products, first determine the width  or widths you need to cover. Once you have decided that, then choose a color.

For example, the most economical way to purchase the wide edge cushioning is in the 2 3/8 inch x 2 3/8 inch x 36 inch lengths either in boxes of 48 or 100 pieces. That edge padding comes in ivory, gray, taupe , brown and black. Gray and black are currently the more popular colors. If you do not need the width, then the Kids Edge Cushion Padding 1x1 in.YELLOW 100 Ft. with Tape or the Kids Edge Cushion Pad 1 x 1 in. 400 Ft. YELLOW NO TAPE that you attach with adhesive from a caulking gun. Both products come in brown, gray, ivory and black as well.

There are corners to match each width of edge pad. Custom sized corners are available as well.

Another option is more expensive. That is to use the Boing Skin Urethane Corner Cushion Strips which are wider and a little longer. The favorite for warehouses is the Boing Yellow Corner Cushions each of which measures approximately 39.4 inches long by 2.25" x 2.25" x 1/2" thick. Each strip is made from skinned urethane foam which gives it more resilience.

Thank you for your question.

Sincerely,

Barbara

Replace Recalled Unsafe Evac-U8 or Out-Of-Date Smoke Hoods on Yachts, Ships, Planes, Etc.

by Barbara 2. June 2012 04:11

Question about smoke and fire hoods.

Q:"The expiration dates on our yacht's smoke hoods are 2010. The units are Evac-u8. When I phoned, your customer service person told me that Evac-u8 were recalled years ago because of problems. Seals were leaking so the Evac-u8 units caused moisture absorption in the chemicals that were to save your life! What units replace them?

Answer: Please choose a smoke hood depending upon your needs. For example, the Safe Escape Fire and Smoke Hood ASE30A, Hard Case give 30 minutes escape time from smoke or fire. The ASE 30 or ASE 60 in hard cases can be mounted on the wall. The Safe Escape Fire Smoke Hood ASE60A Hard Case 60 min give up to 60 minutes escape time.

If you prefer a smoke hood that keeps the user safe from more chemicals and gases, select the Safe Escape Chem Bio Smoke Fire Gas Escape Hood 60BR-HC  that provides respiratory, head and eye protection to facilitate evacuation from hazardous fire and toxic gas atmospheres. Every vehicle, office, and home should have one of these for each person to protect against explosion, chemical spills, smoke inhalation, or toxic fumes. The ASE60BR in the hard case meets rquirements of EN403-2004, EN 153-2000, EN 14387-2004, EN 14941-1998 a, EN 12942L: 1998 and Q (HJ)GA01-2003.


The 60BR-HC has 5 part system also protects against:

  • GREEN: Sarin, Hydrocyanic Acid, Hydrogen Arsenide, Phosgene, Diphosgene, Chlorpicrin, Pestmaster, Dichloromethane, Hydrogen Chloride (HCL), Lewsite Gas, Mustard Gas, Sarin, Benzene
  • RED: Benzene, Chlorine, Acetone, Alcohol Class, Aniline Class, Carbon Disulphide, Carbon Tetrachloride, Chloroform, Methyl Bromide, Chlorotoluene, Nitroalkaline, Chlorpicrin, Ammonia Gas, Suphur Dioxide, Chlorine Gas, Hydrogen Sulphide, Oxides of Nitrogen, Phosgene, Phosphorate or Chlorine organoagricultural chemicals.
  • WHITE: Carbon Monoxide (CO)
  • PURPLE: Radioaerosol, Bacteria aerosol, Other Toxic Smoke, Fog, Dust 

Safe Home also sells specialized units that not only are smoke and fire hoods but also are oxygen generating self-rescue devices. The Safe Escape Oxygen Generating Self Rescue Respirator Hard Case 10/CS contains 10 units at a reduced price over a single unit.

Safe Escape HFZY30EEBD-HC Oxygen Generating Self-Rescue Respirator Features:

  • Self-contained oxygen generation for 30 to 60 minutes
  • SGS certified
  • PVC hood withstands temperatures up to 1000 degrees Celcius.
  • Hood color is orange
  • ABS Plastic Hard Case with Clam Shell Design
  • Case:8.5 X 4.25 X 5.5 inches
  • Weight: approx. 5 lbs. in Case
  • WARRANTY: All products have a 5 year Shelf Life from the Date of Manufacture.

FREE ONE TIME REPLACEMENT ( Excluding ANY & ALL applicable Shipping Costs / Taxes or Duties)Should you use it in an actual Documented Case where Fire / Smoke are or / were present where-upon these units were used to facilitate escape or while awaiting rescue during the 4 or 5 years. Product should be returned to Distributor or Ourselves along with a Official Report from Law Enforcement / Fire / Civil Defense / Military Authorities in order to verify its usage in an actual situation where Smoke and / or Fire were present. We will replace them Once During the 5 Year Shelf Life. For Government Agencies / Departments no more than once a year with proper documentation supporting their claim and the return to us of the used unit along with documentation / official police / fire report. You will also be able to order this Special Custom Colored product for SWAT, DEA, FBI agencies and other Military & Police agencies in BLACK or Army Green or Desert Sand Color in other parts of the World Army Green, Sand or Black Colored Hoods also have same color filter to conceal recognition. We also place SWAT, DEA, FBI, POLICE Loges on the Front of the Airbag and Rear of the Hood for Identification.

The HFZY30 is exactly the same unit. However it comes in an ABS Plastic Case with CLAM-Shell Design for quick and easy access to be used in Office Buildings or above deck in staterooms on ships or areas above deck or for use in confined areas on Oil Platforms and built-in wall mount for affixing to any hard surface.

Safe Home also sells the Safe Escape Oxygen Generating Respirator Compact Steel Case This unit is meant for wearing on one's belt or mounted nearby in mines, ship engine rooms, etc.


SafeEscape tm ASE20B/ZH20B Portable Stainless Steel Cased Self-Rescue Oxygen Generating Respirator for Miners, Refineries, etc. Technical Data:

  • Service Life in Movement: Duration in minutes according to MT425-1995 (breath rate of 45L/min. >20 minutes
  • Service Life at Rest: Duration according to MT425-1995 30L/min
  • Oxygen Concentration of Inhaled Air: >21%
  • Carbon Dioxide Concentration of Inhaled Air : <3%
  • No other toxic gas in the inhaled air
  • Temperature of Inhaled Air: <60%
  • Inhalation resistance: <245Pa
  • Mass, Unopened:<1.2Kg
  • Starter conforms to Standard MT425-1995
  • Dimensions: 160mmx 130mmx90mm
  • Expected Service Shelf Life: 5 years stored.
  • Made in China 

To be concise, SafeEscape makes soft case and hard case smoke hoods with 30 minutes and 60 minute use times, soft case and hard case smoke hoods that also filter out toxic gases, and soft case plastic, hard case plastic and steel case oxygen self-generating respirators.

Please contact us for pricing on larger quantities and special colors (minimums of 500 apply for special colors.)

Thank you for your questions.

Sincerely,

Barbara

 

Starting a Safety Proofing Business With Anti-Slip Grip-On Solution for Concrete and Tile Floors

by Barbara 20. September 2011 15:00

Question about Grip On Anti=slip Solution as part of a business to safety proof hard surfaced flooring such as ceramic tile, concrete, etc.

Q: "I recently took an early retirement. I read about Grip On and am interested in starting a safety proofing business for slippery floors. Last week I went to a restaurant with ceramic tile that was slippery. Many times concrete outside malls and stores are slick when it rains. And my own garage floor is dangerous when it gets wet. How difficult is Grip On to apply, what would I need to start a business and how would I know what to charge? Thanks. Frank."

Answer: You didn't mention the state or town where you live. My advice is to learn about local requirements for a business and decide if you want a corporation such as a Chapter S. Seeking advice about that from a business attorney and/or local Chamber of Commerce is a great first step. Once you have your business and insurance in place, then it is time to seek out customers who need hard surfaces such as concrete and tile treated to protect their customers and themselves from slip and fall accidents.

The five gallon buckets are probably the most economical way to start. Each bucket treats about 2000 square feet of flooring. Each bucket weighs 50 lbs. When business improves, purchase the  55 gallon drums of Grip On: you can refill the bucket using a pump.  This 55 gallon size will treat about 22,000 square feet of hard surfaces. Ships by truck only: 4 drums can fit on each skid. Approximate shipping cost: $300 per skid with one drum. The shelf life is indefinite: with a good business, you''ll get through this quantity in weeks or days depending upon the square footage you will be covering. The lid of the drum stays on. There are two holes, one 4 inch hole and one 2 inch hole. Purchase a vacuum or hose pump from your local hardware store. (Cost about $15).

What you will need for faster application in addition to the Grip On are:

  • a 20 lb cotton mop
  • a mop bucket with wringer
  • an 18 inch to 24 inch squeegee
  • a wet vac to make removal of dirty and clean water faster
  • a long extension cord for the wet vac
  • a source of clean water
  • a good cleaning solution with degreaser. 
  • roller ruler to calculate accurately the length and width of areas to be treated in linear feet.
  • a calculator to determine the square feet to be treated (or a pencil and paper and the ability to multiply!)

As far as what to charge, you need to calculate the cost of the Grip On and pre-cleaning solution based upon the square footage of the project. Next you need to determine what your hourly wage should be based upon the local economy, your overhead (insurance, etc.), how you will be paid (check or credit card) and if there is another individual or company providing the same service in your area. You may be able to see public bids for local municipal buildings and see what the winning bids were.  Certainly $1.00 a square foot might be reasonable in a more rural area while in New York City a reasonable charge might be $2.50 to $5.00 a square foot.

Remember what you are selling is safety. Insurance rates for restaurants, malls, etc. are based on many factors including accident rates. The fewer claims for slip and fall accidents the lower rates those companies will pay.

Slip/fall accidents are a major problem for employers and customers as well as homeowners. Just think of what happens to those in the Northern states who don't deice their sidewalks and someone falls and breaks a leg! The statistics about insurance liability claims are that slip/fall accidents rank second after auto accidents claims., And slip/fall accidents, paid for by workers compensation claims, have greatly increased over the last 10 years.

As a general rule of law, according to Grip On's attorneys, if an owner or possessor of a premises knows of a potentially dangerous condition, which could cause harm and he or she knows there is a means to prevent that harm, the inference is that the injured party would be more likely to hold that owner liable and have higher damage claims. Insurance companies don't like accident claims: keeping business insurance is important. When a company is canceled for insurance, other insurance companies are less likely to insure or will significantly increase premiums due to the risks they see in the future.

Do make sure that you ask each customer for his/her permission to use you and your company as a reference. I suggest a website for your area where you can have customers rate your service and make comments about the change that Grip On made for their hard surfaced flooring such as ceramic tile, glazed brick, marble, polished stone, terrazzo, river rock, concrete, and quarry tile.

Do remember that porcelain bathtubs are still fixtures in many homes, hotels and motels. Applying Grip On means no more tub mats, stick on plastic "fish", etc.

Among customer who use GripOn are:Dr. Phil's House,McDonalds Restaurants, Trump Properties Exxon/Mobil, Burger King Restaurants, Tanasaka Power Plant ,Cities of New York & New Jersey ,City of Los Angeles ,Bureau of Engraving US Government ,Life Care Centers of America, G.L. Homes, Covenant Care of America, Manor Care Nursing Center, Darcy Hall Nursing Center, Boca Raton Rehabilitation, Spring House Manor, Elks Lodges of Florida, VA Hospitals, Delray Racquet and Country Club, Residents of Century Villages, Pete's Five Star Corporation, Cambridge Investment (Burger King), McDonald's Corporation, Marriott's Hotel and Assisted Living, 7-11 Stores ,Wolfe's Restaurant ,Carlucci's Restaurant Corporation, Billotti's Restaurant Corporation, Pompano Pizza, Onaisas Coney Island, Shopping Center Markets, Outback Steak Hous.

I hope this information has been helpful.

Thank you for the question.

Sincerely, Barbara

 

Grip On Helps Prevent Falls on Smooth Concrete Floors. Not Effective on Epoxy Coated or Polyaspartic Coated Floors.

by Barbara 25. May 2011 07:36

Question about using Grip On® with a epoxy coated concrete floor or polyaspartic flooring coating.

Q: " I need to put an anti-slip coating on epoxy coated concrete flooring or polyaspartic coated flooring I install. Will Grip On® work?" Thanks. Sam

Answer: I contacted the manufacturer for clarification on this interesting question. The answer is no. For an anti-slip floor, Grip On will not work after epoxy or polyaspartic coatings are applied to concret: the coatings fill the pores. What Grip On anti-slip floor solution does is fill in the pores invisibly to increase the resistance to slipping and falling. So Grip On® would not work in your situation. Also if you paint a concrete floor, the same situation occurs as the paint fills the pores.

One solution to your problem is to add a color dye to the concrete and use a water based xylene sealer: you want nothing to seal the pores of the floor as then it cannot be treated with Grip On®. 

Why does Grip On work? All natural materials such as concrete, ceramic, marble, granite, terrazzo, quarry tile, slate, porcelain tile and bathtubs have natural voids in them. The larger the void, the more the surface of that material is slip resistant. This void creates a tread for you to walk on.  Ceramic or glazed tile, as well as porcelain, are coated to create a shiny finished look to a floor or fixture. These coatings fill in the natural voids up to 70%. When you walk on the dry surface, you would not notice that the voids are filled. But, when the surface is wet, the water fills in the remaining 30% of the void and that is why a floor becomes slippery not allowing any space between the water and the bottom of your foot creating a hydroplane effect. Grip On® microscopically treats the surface of your floor or fixture in a way that brings back the natural void via the treads in the surface material. So, when a floor or bathtub is wet, it still allows you to feel surefooted. Grip On® Anti Slip Solution is a clear, chemical treatment that increases the co-efficient of friction and the safety of the surface when wet.

We sell Grip On® in various sizes from 4 oz bottles to drums. Among the sizes are

We also sell Grip On in a pallet of four 55 gallon barrels. With the drums, the lid stays on. What you do is purchase a vacuum or hose pump from your local hardware store. The lid has one 4 inch hole and one 2 inch hole so you can pump the Grip On out into containers you use for your applicators for spreading.

Grip On®'s Simple Application Instructions:
  1. Clean and rinse area.
  2. Pour Grip On™ on surface.
  3. Mop or sponge area liberally.
  4. Let stand for 15 to 20 minutes.
  5. Rinse off with clean water.
  6. Area is now ready to use.

After treatment, do not wax. Wax fills in the enhanced read created by the Grip On™ treatment. Reapply every 2 years for bath and shower areas. Reapply every year for traffic areas.

Additional Questions and Answers about Grip On®:

Q: How does Grip On® Anti-Slip Solution work?
A: Grip On® Anti-Slip Solution is a process that increases the coefficient of friction on a tile floor or a porcelain bathtub. This is not a coating that can wear off: this is a process that creates a tread design on the mineral surface itself.

Q: Does the treated surface look or feel any different?
A: There is no discernible change in appearance. However, when wet, the feeling is SAFE!

Q: Why is there a need for Grip On® Anti-Slip Solution?
A: Slip/Fall accidents are the nation's #2 accidental killer. Over 9 million disabling injuries every year. Business insurance rates are skyrocketing. Increases of 25% annually are common.

Q: How long is the Grip On® guarantee?
A: 2 years for bathtubs and showers. 1 year for traffic areas.

Q: Is Grip On® Anti-Slip Solution difficult to apply?
A: No, Grip On® is easy to apply. One worker can treat hard surfaces at the rate of 600 square feet per hour, per worker. Bathtubs require less than 10 minutes with no strenuous work.

Q: Does Grip On® Anti-Slip Solution kill germs?
A: The chemical in Grip On® Anti-Slip Solution is known to inhibit bacterial and fungi growth and to kill some bacteria and fungi. Test data is being gathered on germ killing and will be available at a later date.

Q: If my floor is sealed, can I still use Grip On® Anti-Slip Solution?
A: Yes, Grip On® Anti-Slip Solution works through most floor seals and effectively applies the “invisible tread.” Two applications may be required for sealed floors.

Q: What if there is grease on my floor?
A: Grip On® Anti-Slip Solution loosens grease, making it easier to remove any grease on your floor. More than one application may be required. Once again, it may take more than one application. Grip On® Anti-Slip Solution will loosen all hardened grease on your floor.

Q: Can I wax over the Grip On® Anti-Slip Solution?
A: NO. Wax fills in the “invisible tread” that Grip On® Anti-Slip Solution placed on your floor. We recommend a dry buff to bring up the shine.

Q: Is Grip On® Anti-Slip Solution dangerous?
A: The level of danger is similar to household bleach. Similar cautions are on each bottle. Keep out of reach of children. Avoid eye contact. Wear rubber gloves. Use in ventilated area. Can be fatal if swallowed. Do not use on wood, vinyls or plastics

Grip On Anti-Slip Solution Specifications:

  • Use on tile floors, bathtubs, showers and on almost all hard surfaces, such as ceramic tile, glazed brick, marble, polished stone, terrazzo, river rock, concrete, and quarry tile.
  • Coverage:
    • 4 oz. bottle: 12 sq. ft.
    • 16 oz. bottle: 48 sq. ft.
    • Gallon: 400 sq. ft,
    • 5 Gallon Bucket: 2,000 sq. ft.
  • Increases the anti-slip CEF by 100% to 500%.
  • Chemical Name: Hydroxy Acetic Acid.
  • Physical State: Clear yellow, mild odor.
  • pH: 7.6.
  • Caution: Keep out of reach of children. Avoid eye contact. Wear rubber gloves. Use in ventilated area. Can be fatal if swallowed. Do not use on wood, vinyls or plastics.
  • Warranty: 1 year limited manufacturer's warranty on traffic areas; 2 years on bathtubs and showers. If the customer installed Grip On® Anti-Slip Solution, the company will send additional material to the customer at no cost excluding shipping
  • Disclaimer: GRIP ON® ANTI-SLIP SOLUTION helps to reduce the risk of slip/fall accidents, but Safety Seal Products Corp its' agents and representatives do not warrant or guarantee to the customer, or any other person or party, against the Occurrence of slip/falls, or other accidents, personal injury, or property damage of any nature. Accidents and falls may occur on treated areas, notwithstanding its treatment with Grip On® ANTI-SLIP SOLUTION and customer AGREES to indemnify and hold harmless Advanced Floor Care Products and its agents and representatives, free and harmless from any damages, claims, demands or causes of action arising in connection with or brought by anyone allegedly slipping, falling, tripping, or stumbling on treated area.

WA State Requires Automatic Gas Valve Shut Off System in New Homes

by Barbara 16. April 2011 08:06

Question about the Scentry III GFRAB Home LP/Natural Gas Detector.

Q: "How fast can you get a Scentry III system to me? Washington State now requires an automatic gas shut off system be installed before an occupancy permit can be issued for a new home who has a propane furnace in the basement. We are desperate. What I need are several components, the Scentry III GVL .75 Inch Gas Valve and the Scentry III GFRAB Home LP/Natural Gas Detector. My plumber is ready to install it. Our home rental is almost up. We are desperate. We have propane in this new home since it is in the country. Thanks. Robert."

Answer: Yours is the third sale to Washington state in the first two weeks of March. That is encouraging news to the building trade as the economy begins to improve.

The other sales were to Olympia, Seattle and to Bainbrdige Island. You live in Port Orchard. We appreciate that you've offered your contractor our contact information since we do have discounts available on packages of 6 units. We can next day air the units to you.

All customers ordered the 3/4 inch gas valve and the GRAB model. For those who are unfamiliar with these units, the Scentry models are all made in the USA, in fact in Davenport, IA. There is also a 220VAC model available for those who live outside the USA. All gas valves throughout the world are essentially sized the same so a USA made valve works fine in countries where 220V is the standard.

You should consider adding additional gas sensors if you have a propane range or propane fireplace. I know you've shared that both your water heater and furnace are in the same utility room.

In your case, you say that intermittent power failures are rare in your area plus your appliances do not have a standing pilot light. If a home owner with standing pilot light units elects to protect with a Scentry, then we do recommend the battery back-up unit.

Remember to check your carbon monoxide alarms at least monthly and change batteries annually if they are 9 volt units. There is nothing worse than an alarm beeping a low battery warning at 3 a.m.

Thank you for your question and for being our customer. We show your unit arrived on time, Next Day Air Saver, as you requested.

Sincerely,

Barbara

Replace Safe Escape Smoke Hoods Every 5 Years or 5 Years from Manufacture Date

by Barbara 3. March 2011 14:14

Question about the Safe Escape Fire Smoke Hood ASE30,Soft,20/CS

Q: "What is the real shelf life of the Safe Escape Smoke Hoods? Our company purchased 40 in 2005 as we are on the 20th floor of a building in Chicago. We just realized they are dated April 2005. Thank you. Steve"

Answer: The shelf life is 5 years from the date of manufacture. All units will have a minimum warranty of 48 months. This is because they are made in China and shipping to the USA warehouse, to us and to our customers takes time. If an order is 5 or more cases of 20, the products can be shipped directly to our customers in the USA, Canada and other countries. The reason for the maximum shelf life of 5 years is that the chemicals begin to deteriorate over time. This happens even though each smoke hood is vacuum sealed in a pouch inside the carrying or storage case.

The Safe Escape 30 minute and 60 minutes smoke hoods have a 3 part system that protects against:

  • Carbon Monoxide (CO)
  • Hydrogen Cyanide (HCN)
  • Hydrogen Chloride (HCL)
  • Acrolein (CH 2 CHCHO)
  • Anthrax
  • And many other toxic gases and smoke

Additional Warranty: If this unit is used in conjunction with an actual documented case when either fire or smoke are present, submit a fire or police report. We will forward this to the manufacturer and you will receive a replacement unit with a 5 year shelf life direct from the China manufacturing facility. This replacement will be free excluding shipping, duties and taxes. 

The units you purchased have a maximum 30 minutes escape time. If you are concerned you may need longer time to descend to the first floor to escape, then consider the Safe Escape Smoke Fire Hood ASE60 Soft Case 60 min.. The other smoke hood options are the Safe Escape 30 minute in the hard case and the Safe Escape 60 minute in the hard case. We also sell a Safe Escape Chem Bio Smoke Fire Gas Escape Hood. The hard case units can be mounted on the wall. Othewise they are identical to the soft case ones. This provides 30 minutes' escape time. The additional protection offered is against more than smoke as you see below.

5 Part Chem Bio System Protects Against:

  • GREEN: Sarin, Hydrocyanic Acid, Hydrogen Arsenide, Phosgene, Diphosgene, Chlorpicrin, Pestmaster, Dichloromethane, Hydrogen Chloride (HCL), Lewsite Gas, Mustard Gas, Sarin, Benzene
  • RED: Benzene, Chlorine, Acetone, Alcohol Class, Aniline Class, Carbon Disulphide, Carbon Tetrachloride, Chloroform, Methyl Bromide, Chlorotoluene, Nitroalkaline, Chlorpicrin, Ammonia Gas, Suphur Dioxide, Chlorine Gas, Hydrogen Sulphide, Oxides of Nitrogen, Phosgene, Phosphorate or Chlorine organoagricultural chemicals.
  • WHITE: Carbon Monoxide (CO)
  • PURPLE: Radioaerosol, Bacteria aerosol, Other Toxic Smoke, Fog, Dust

Shelf Life: 12 year on hood. 4 year on replaceable filter. Note: the cost of replacing the filters by the factory makes this option more expensive than new smoke hoods. Warranty: If this unit is used in conjunction with an actual documented case when either fire or smoke are present, submit a fire or police report. We will forward this to the manufacturer and you will receive a replacement unit with a 5 year shelf life direct from the China manufacturing facility. This replacement will be free excluding shipping, duties and taxes.

Contact us and we will be glad to provide you with a quotation for any quantity of smoke hoods of any type we ell.

Thank you for your question.

Sincerely,

Barbara

WaterCop Lead Free Brass Water Valves Meet Drinking Water Standards for All 50 States

by Barbara 5. February 2011 09:49

Question about the WaterCop Sergeant Basic Water Damage Actuator, Water Valve and Sensor Package with Low Lead Valve

Q: "I live in California. I want to install a WaterCop to protect my condominum from future water damage. Our condo association was not happy, nor was I, when repairs from a leaking dishwasher caused over $20,000 in repair costs from a leaking water dispensing refrigerator leak. I am encouraging the entire condo association to install WaterCops and moisture sensors to add protection and keep our insurance premiums down. Does this unit meet the specifications for California lead? Thanks. Tom.

Answer: Dynaquip controls has added what are called "lead free" or "low lead" brass full port water valves as an option to their Water Cop line. These valves comply with the California AB1953 Standard as well as the Vermont S.152 Ultra Low Lead Law. The cost of these units is more because making brass with little or no lead adds considerable expense to manufacturing.

The electrical actuator and moisture sensors are identical to the original units.

To protect your condominium community, please advise your condo board that WaterCop units and sensors should be ordered pre-set from the factory. We've handled orders like this in the past. What we need to know is the number of units and the number of sensors and adapters (most prefer AC rather than battery powered sensors). By numbering the units say 1 through 50, your condo community can be assured that if there is a leak in say Unit 101, that the unit next door will continue to have water because the actuator and sensor settings will be different!

If your community plans to expand, the best approach is to have the WaterCop ready lead free valves installed during the initial construction. Then the actuators and water sensors can be added later just prior to occupancy.  Why pay twice for a water valve!.

Currently, these units are available in 1/2 inch valve, 3/4 inch valve , 1 inch valve and 1 1/4 inch valve sizes. The 1 1/4 inch actuators and valves are more expensive: the power requires to quickly open and close the valve is higher for the larger valves. Remember you can reduce the size of a water line to fit a smaller valve. The most popular sizes are the 3/4 inch and the 1 inch.

Thanks for your question. Please contact us for a quotation when your condo association is ready to install the WaterCops. One condo association reported to us that they were close to being uninsurable until they installed the WaterCops. Then the yearly premiums dropped 15%.

Sincerely,

Barbara

Advantages of Skin Urethane in Boing Safety Pad Corners, Edge Corner Cushion, Strips, Wall Pad, Etc.

by Barbara 16. November 2010 07:35

Question about the Boing Skin Urethane Foam Padding in Boing Fire Retardant Safety Wall Pad, 31x11.75 In, YELLOW, 4/BX, Boing Pole Pad or Post Pad 5 Inch Diameter - Yellow, Boing Edge Corner Strips-YELLOW, Case of 10 and Boing 3D Jumbo Corner Covers, YELLOW,4/PK.

Q; "I need to safety proof a warehouse. I've looked at various products. I'd like to know the advantages of using a skin urethane foam product rather than standard extruded foam which seems less expensive. Thanks. Thomas."

The main advantages are that this is a sturdy material and quite shock-absorbing and comes in products to meet almost every safety proofing need. Read on for more detail.

The Boing skin urethane products are safe for both commercial and residential uses, having passed or surpassed safety requirements including compression, toxicity, etc. Skin urethane has anti-bacterial properties and passes the ASTM G21 testing. There is no PVC, lead or phthalates in these products.  Although fire retardant, the Boing foam does not meet the current Class A fire codes for fire and smoke retardants. There are many different local, national and international fire codes, each with different property requirements so one product cannot meet all the possible codes.

Skin Urethane is long-lasting. Of course, there are instances where excessive use or aggressive use will reduce longevity. this was desifned as shock-absorbing safety padding to reduce injuries.
Size tolerance of skin urethane is within 5% in the size and density of the finished products. That is because skin urethane is molded, one piece at a time, and can be effected by temperature, humidity, season, weather, etc. Baking lasts about 30 to 40 minutes.

Boing safety pad products are usable indoors or outdoors. All safety padding products are UV treated but over time, like all plastics, there will be some fading. The stronger the sun, the faster the fading occurs. Darker colors fade faster. The impact absorbing qualities are reduced in very cold (below 32 F) and in very hot (over 100F) temperatures. The most UV resistant colors are the primary ones, red, blue, green and yellow. It is best if the product is not exposed to direct sunlight for extended periods.

Installation: We recommend GE-Silcone I, Silicone II or Silicone II (2X). Also 3M VHD (very high bond) tape is a great option
Aluminum re-inforced strips can be attached with screws (strips are pre-drilled & we provide the screws)

Amount of silicone needed: Varies withe the type of surface to be protected and the degree of adhesion. As a rough estimate, you can generally attach the following numbers with a single 300ml tube:

  • Wall Pad - 2 to 3 wall pads per tube
  • Edge Corner Strip - 6 to 8 edge corner pads per tube
  • Jumbo Corner Guard - 12 to 14 corners per tube
  • Post Pad - 1 to 2 post pads per tube. Remember this product fits only 5 inch diameter poles.

Cleaning and maintenance of safety padding: Use non-abrasive cleaners, normal household cleaning solutions. Permanent markers rarely can be removed.Use around water activities is fine. Do not cut or puncturer. Fasten to clean and dry surface. Chlorinated water will cause discoloration as will that with a high TDS rating.

Thanks for your question. Our most popular products for safety proofing are the yellow ones for obvious visual reasons!

Sincerely, Barbara