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Barbara Staib, President of Safe Home Products, is an expert on child safety, emergency preparedness, pet training and even pest control. She has personally helped thousands of customers since SHP started in 1999. Here you can find Q&A with Barbara to foster safer, healthier and simpler living.

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Shorter People & Booster Seat Users Like Car Shoulder Harness Pads

Question about the product Fleece Seat Belt Shoulder Harness Covers-Pack of 2

Q: I am 5 ft. tall. No matter how I adjust the seat belt/shoulder harness it seems to put pressure on my neck or body. I saw you sell shoulder harness and seat belt covers. How difficult are these to use? Can I use them in an airplane as well as in the car. I am thinking about buying two sets so I can put one on the seat belt and one on the shoulder harness. Will they get tangled in the seat belt or harness?

Answer: I am 5 ft. 5 inches tall. Despite adjustable seats and harness adjustments, I dislike that "cut-in-two" feeling. I added these covers and the pressure fron the shoulder harness was gone. So I personally recommend these fleece covers. For adults of all ages and children in car booster seats, these inexpensive fleece covers make terrific gifts of comfort.

Daily, I use mine on the driver's shoulder harness in my 2003 Windstar van and the other on the passenger side of a Kia owned by my best friend. The sides fold over around the belt and Velcro together so the covers are easily adjusted and easily moved or removed. I don't feel pressure across my abdomen so I use only the shoulder one. And if you do spill something while traveling, you can remove and machine or hand-wash.

As long as the seat belt across your lap is tight, the airlines should be okay with using one while flying.

Thanks again for your question.
Sincerely, Barbara

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Wednesday, August 27, 2008

How Do Window Guards Prevent Theft Through an Open Window?

Question about John Sterling security window guards, Max Guards, Fixed Guards and Swing Open Guards .

Q:" Hi I am in need of some expertise here. I am interested in window guards to prevent theft through an open window. If I was to purchase this item ,how do they prevent theft on windows that are open?" A US Navy Chief Gunner Wife.

Answer: The security window guards that we sell are mounted on the inside of the home, apartment or other building. Guards can be mounted to protect only the window opening or the entire window. There are three styles: fixed, removable and swing open. The fixed are not for escape: in some places they are banned and in others they are required in non-sleeping rooms for safety. The Max guards remove completely from the mounting bars. The swing open units do just that.

The two kinds that open have a hole for either a clip or a lock so they cannot be opened from outside the building. The bar spacings vary from 3.5 to 4 inches so a hand could get between the bars but removing anything of any size would be difficult. And removing the clip or lock would be difficult to impossible from the outside. The bars are made of steel. The diameter/size varies from a round bar to the angle type bar of the MAX guards.

Please go to our website to figure out which size or sizes of guards would protect your windows. If you have questions, please send us your window measurements and types of windows and we'll guide you.

Thanks for your question.
Sincerely, Barbara

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Monday, August 25, 2008

Installing Window Guards on Jalousie Windows

Question about the product Product Code: JS-1123-P WHITE 3 Bar Fixed Window Guards 23-42 Inches wide.

Q: "Can this style of window guard be installed on crank out jalousie windows?"

Answer: Yes, this fixed window guard can be installed on a jalousie window. What is important is that the guards are installed so that when the windows tilt they do not touch the bars. This may mean mounting the window bars on the window frame or beyond the frame into the wall studs after first screwing blocks of wood on the sides of the windows so as to make sure the window glass does not touch the window guard.

What you have chosen is a fixed or security window guard. These are recommended for non-sleeping rooms. If you are going to install this in a bedroom or are concerned about escape, please consider a window guard that can be opened by removing a lock pin. For example, the WHITE 5 Bar Lift Out MAX Long Window Guard 21x40-60 In. is a sturdy security window guard that also lifts out for window washing and escape. Also the WHITE 6 Bar Swing Open Window Guard (24-42 in. wide) swings open for window washing and escape.

As one website pointed out, the advantage of jalousie windows is the great ventilation and that they do not obstruct the view. The disadvantage is that the panes of glass are small,are a security risk as they are more easily and quietly broken out than a solid pane and are almost impossible to seal for energy efficiency.

Thanks again for your question.

Sincerely, Barbara

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Sunday, August 24, 2008

Kirks Bath Soap. No Animal Products, Won't Melt Fast.

Question about availability of long lasting, all vegetable based bar soaps.

Q: "I'm looking for a bath soap with no animal products and will not get soft after a few uses." Thanks. Henry

Answer: You've found it! Kirks Original Coco Castile Soap is a bath soap with no animal products that stays firm. It is also hypoallergenic and lathers generously in hard and soft water. I began selling Kirks soaps in 2000 as my late father shared it was no longer available in Western Pennsylvania supermarkets. One Illinois customer who'd been exposed to Agent Orange claimed Kirks is the only soap that doesn't irritate his skin.

Kirks Bath Soap Advantages:
  • Luxurious lather in hard or soft water.
  • Use as a body soap, facial soap or for shampoo.
  • Gentle hypoallergenic soap.
  • Biodegradable
  • No animal testing
  • No animal by-products
  • Horse and dog owners use as an animal shampoo.
  • Ultra gentle with no drying residue.
  • No synthetic detergents.
  • Longer lasting than most supermarket soaps.
  • Shelf Life: Indefinite.
  • Bar weight: approximately 4 oz.
We sell it in 6 bar packages, 12 bars packages 24 bar half cases or an
48 bars
full cases. Both the cost per bar and the shipping cost per bar goes down as you buy more. We also sell Kirks in a liquid form that is the original formula.

Thanks for your question.
Sincerely, Barbara

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Tuesday, November 26, 2002

Need Details on SnuggleWool Baby Buntings For Strollers

Question about the Product SF-SW-500 Snuggle Wool Baby Bunting

Q:"I have a question about SnuggleWool Baby Buntings For Strollers and Carriages: Would you please describe it more specifically - it's not so easy to understand what exactly it is made of. For example - what is this "fuzzy" inside of this bunting? Is it wool or synthetic? Thank you, Yulia"

Answer: The lining is lambs wool that is sliverknit into a polyester backing. That makes the lamb happy as it didn't die to give its skin. That makes the mom happy as she can launder this in the machine on gentle. We also have a baby bunting with organic cotton. The is a center split for stroller safety strap. This is not made for use in a car seat.

Thanks for your question.

Sincerely, Barbara


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