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Celebrate 100th Year of Mother's Day with Mothers Day Gifts

by Barbara 21. April 2014 10:16

Question about possible mother's day gifts.

Question: "I need some gift ideas for Mothers Day. Mom seems to have almost every kitchen utensil she could ever need. I want to gift her with something unique. Please give me some ideas. Thanks. Susan."

Answer: Safe Home offers a wide variety of gifts both whimsical and practical. Here are some examples of our best sellers for Mothers Day:

For the Bird Loving Mom:

For the Gardening Mom:

For the Mom Dealing with Head Ache or Muscle Pain from Too Much Exercise or Too Much Gardening.

Go to the SafeHomeProducts.com website for thousands of other products that might make your Mom's life more pleasurable, less painful, or less work!

Thanks for your question. Hope this helps.

Sincerely,

Barbara

Christmas Gift Suggestions and Special Gifts for Bird Lovers and Bird Watchers

by Barbara 12. November 2013 11:43

Question about holiday gifts for bird lovers.

Q:"Please suggest holiday gift ideas for bird lovers. My in-laws enjoy watching and feeding birds. Thanks. Marianne."

Answer: Your question is certainly wide open for suggestions.

Here are some of the most popular of our birding product gifts for those who want to attract birds to their backyards.

Bird Feeders Come in essentially three types: Seed, Suet and Nectar. They can be hung from trees, deck hangers, feeding station poles or attached to windows with suction cups. To choose the best ones for your loved ones, look on line to see which birds are typically found in their geographical areas. Note what the birds prefer to eat and then choose from the Safe Home Products' large selection.

Bird Mugs, Dishes and Glasses and Bird Magnets are great choices for those unable to feed birds and for those who enjoy the colorful choices. Consider their favorite birds or the color scheme in their kitchens and browse through our offerings such as:

For new bird watchers, I suggest "Bird, Birds, Birds" a DVD guide to recognize birds and bird songs and the Audubon Backyard Birdwatcher. For bird tips, try this DVD, Mel's Backyard Birding Tips, an inexpensive introduction to birds. 

Choose from dried meal worms(they won't crawl out of your feeders) and squirrel baffles, to keep the bird food from being poached by squirrels.

Thanks again for your questions. Feel free to contact us if you have questions or need more help.

Sincerely,
Barbara

Choosing Wind Chimes to Set A Mood, To Accent an Area or to Remain Friends With Your Neighbor

by Barbara 11. November 2013 10:36

Question about buying and hanging wind chimes.

Q: "I'm looking to purchase several wind chimes for my screened porch. How do I know what to purchase? Thanks. Suzanne."

Answer: There are many questions to consider when choosing wind chimes and their placement. Often sounds that please your ear may be abrasive to some else.

Here are some questions to ask yourself:

  1. How much are you going to invest in your chime or chimes? Some chimes are quite inexpensive. For example, the Cohasset Sail Boat Bamboo Wind Chime. Others like the Music of the Spheres Westminster Wind Chime can cost more than $100.
  2. How many do you plan to buy? If you plan to hang more than one in an area, please choose units that work well together. Ex. The Music of the Spheres wind chimes come in soprano, alto, bass, etc. They are tuned to the same scale just in different octaves.
  3. What is your purpose? i.e to set a mood, to accent an area, etc.
  4. Where are the locations you are considering? Chimes range in length from about 26 inches to 90 inches. Are you going to place these outside or inside? Inside means near a screened window or screen door through which wind can flow. Perhaps you'll have to have a fan nearby to jostle the chimes. Typically how windy is it outside your home or building? How close are your neighbors? (long bass wind chimes can be quite loud).
  5. What components are in the chimes you are considering? Components change the sounds, from soothing to rather abrasive, from tuned to not tuned. Also the distance the sound travels

Then take a look at the options:

  • Glass wind chimes have a higher pitch, are not tuned, add color. Glass chime sounds do not carry as far as metal chimes.
  • Metal wind chimes are aluminum like the Amazing Grace Chime, copper like the Woostock Copper Wind Bell or steel. Often you can add additional chimes to provide harmony. Ex. Music of the Spheres has chimes ranging from soprano through bass. The pitch is usually the same and sound not only carries but lasts longer.
  • Bamboo wind chimes provide soothing sounds, hollow, deep and resonant. They are less durable than metal. Splits in the bamboo have little effect on the sounds

Choosing the number of tubes:

  • More tubes means more notes, more combinations of sounds and different harmonies.
  • Fewer tubes results in a smaller range of sounds, well-tuned ones

Choosing Chime Finish:

  • Painted
  • Natural Metal Finish
  • Natural

Choosing Chime Length:

  • Overall wind chime length determines both tones and sound depth.  the tone and depth of the sound. Longer chimes result in lower, fuller tones: shorter, higher pitched tones.

Looking at the wind chime sail size:

  • This is the piece that catches the breeze. If it is too large and heavy, the sound may be decreased. Choose a wind chime that will not need gale force winds to chime. Usually a gentle breeze of 8 to 10 mph activates a chime. A very heavy sail can "beat up" the wind chime,

Just go to SafeHomeProducts.com and enter wind chimes in the search box to browse through our very large selection of wind chimes.

Thanks for your questions.

Sincerely,

Barbara

 

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

 

Locked Medready Timed Pill Dispensers for Hearing Impaired, Elderly or Complicated Drug Regimens

by Barbara 18. July 2009 08:41

Question about the product Medready MR-P1700:: MedReady Lower frequency alarm.  Note the 1700 series and the 357 series were introduced in 2013.

Q: "My dad cannot hear higher frequencies of sound. He is getting forgetful and needs help remembering to take his pills three times each day. Is the MR-P1600FLLF the best choice for him?" Thanks. David

Answer: Medready recognized the need for an automatic pill dispenser with dual reminders. So the 1600FLLF was created. The pitch of the alarm is at a lower frequency plus there is a flashing light reminder. According to Mayo clinic websites, there now are hearing aids that can help those with high-frequency hearing loss. Those with high-frequency hearing loss have trouble hearing higher pitched voices such as women's and children's voices, and certain parts of speech, such as consonants. That is why Medready now offers only low frequency alarms as more people can easily hear those frequencies.

Medready also offers these units:

  • Medready Medready MR-P1700:: MedReady Lower frequency alarm
  • Medready MR-1700FL: MedReady Lower frequency alarm, flashing light.
  • Medready P1750: MedReady with Low Frequency Alarm, Flashing Light and Modem Connection for Land Line.
  • Medready P1750FL: MedReady Automatic Pill Dispenser with Low Frequency Alarm, Flashing Light and Modem Connection for Land Line.
  • MedReady MR-357 Automatic Medication Dispenser with Low Frequency Alarm and GSM Cellular Modem. NO land line required. SIM card required. Obtain thru Medready if desired.
  • MedReady MR-357FL Automatic Medication Dispenser with Low Frequency Alarm,Flashing Light and GSM Cellular Modem. NO land line required. SIM card required. Obtain thru Medready if desired.
  • Extra Pill Box Tray with Cover if you or your pharmacy or home nursing service is filling the medications for your parent. Several state social services departments are utilizing the Medready units to help keep senior citizens healthy and to remain living in their homes as long as possible.

    Thanks for your question.
    Sincerely, Barbara

     

Will a Radon Detector Detect Outgas from Granite?

by Barbara 6. August 2008 12:01

Queston about the SM-RAD-PRO3 Safety Siren Pro 3 Radon Gas Detector.

Q: " Will this detect radon outgassing from granite countertops? Thanks. Diane.

Answer: First, here is some information found on August 6. 2008 on the Marble Institute of America's website: "Radioactivity in Granite: It’s Natural. All rocks have a small amount of radioactivity in them due to the presence of minerals that contain radioactive elements uranium (U), thorium (Th) and potassium-40 (40K). Because granite typically contains more of these elements than most other rocks, it will be more radioactive than a slate or marble. All of the minerals in granite contain some radioelements; the white or pink feldspars contain 40K, the black biotites and horn-blendes contain 40K, U and Th, and the small inclusions of minerals such as zircon, apatite, sphene, etc. contain the most U and Th."

My response to your question is that the outgassing of radon from granite countertops would have to be significant to put enough gas in your kitchen or bathroom to be a health hazard. Installing the Safety Siren Pro 3 in rooms with granite countertops would detect outgas from granite just as it would radon seeping in from the ground.

The health risks are much higher from radon seeping into your basement or home from the ground. If you live in the Northern half of the USA or in areas designated on the EPA radon map of the USA as high radon areas, your concern should first be to test your basement or first floor if you have a crawl space for radon. The Safety Siren Pro 3 Radon Gas Detector has proven to be quite accurate if positioned at the proper height and in the proper location.

Home radon gas levels are not stable. Over a one-month period, radon gas readings can vary from safe to dangerous. Radon levels change due to humidity, temperature, ventilation and season. EPA currently recommends corrective action if radon levels exceed 4 pCi/L (4 Pico-Curies per liter) on a long-term basis. For these reasons, a continuous monitor is better than periodic canister tests.

Important Notes:  The Safety Siren Pro 3 cannot be sold to or shipped to Iowa or New Jersey Contact the Iowa Department of residents. Contact the Iowa Department of Public Health at (515) 281-7689 for further information. Per Iowa Department of Public Health rules, Chapters 43 (136B) and N.J.A.C. &:28-27 Regulations. Contact the NJDEP-Radon Section at 609-984-5423 for further information.).

Go to our website for more information.

Thanks for your question.

Sincerely,
Barbara

Has the Pro 3 Radon Gas Detector been EPA evaluated?

by Barbara 30. July 2008 15:30

Question about the product Product Code: Safety Siren Pro 3 Radon Gas Detector, SM-RAD-PRO3

Q: "The EPA states that "persons and companies should not represent themselves, their products or their services as "EPA Listed" or "EPA Approved" or "Meets EPA Requirements" or otherwise imply an EPA sanction." Please provide verification that the radon detector has been "EPA evaluated" as stated in your catalog. "

Answer: Per the actual product manual: "The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Radiation and Indoor Environments National Laboratory (R&IE) has approved this device for radon measurement."

This is a very popular product especially as more becomes known about the cancer dangers from radon, a colorless odorless gas released from soil, water and now reportedly from some granite countertops.

Important Notes:  The Safety Siren Pro 3 cannot be sold to or shipped to Iowa or New Jersey Contact the Iowa Department of residents. Contact the Iowa Department of Public Health at (515) 281-7689 for further information. Per Iowa Department of Public Health rules, Chapters 43 (136B) and N.J.A.C. &:28-27 Regulations. Contact the NJDEP-Radon Section at 609-984-5423 for further information.).

Thank you for your question. Please read the manual on our website for more information.

Sincerely,
Barbara