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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, July 22, 2009

Lightweight, Cool Sun Hats for Babies and Kids Give 360 Degree Sun Protection

Question about Sunday Afternoon Sun Protection Hats for Children

Q: "I usually wear a baseball cap to keep the sun out of my eyes and wear sunscreen. My children ages 2 to 6 dislike having sunscreen applied to their faces and won't wear sunglasses for more than a few minutes at a time. They are quite active physically so most hats won't stay on. What are the odds that they'd wear the Sunday Afternoon Sun Hats? How do they stay on?" Thanks. Matt

Answer: First, please consider a Sunday Afternoon adventurer hat for yourself as your ears, neck and most of your face remain exposed with a baseball cap. When you don't need the neck protection, you can use the velcro to pull it off your neck onto the hat. It is great to not have to worry about sunscreen.

Next, take a look at the baby and child size hats on our website. We chose the most popular colors Sunday Afternoons offers in the bucket hat and the adventurer hats. These hats are almost featherweight and are quite comfortable to wear. For example, the baby hats and child sized hats are most popular in pink and in royal blue

Sun Hat features vary according to whether the hats are made for infants, babies or children:

* To reduce the risk of injury, the infant, baby and child sizes have a breakaway fabric chinstrap with a velcro closure for easy on and off plus a small buckle that adjusts for chin strap length.
* Infant and baby sized hats are solid fabric so as to prevent UV exposure on potentially bald baby heads.
* Child and youth hats have mesh sides for better ventilation.

Note that we don't sell the infant hats. Most infants are protected by stroller or baby carriage canopies and rarely exposed to direct sunlight. Currently, the demand for the sunhats for infants is close to zero because of that.

Thanks for your question.

Sincerely, Barbara.

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Friday, July 17, 2009

Inexpensive Steel Window Guards For Security and Child Safety

Question about the JS-1135-Q2, John Sterling Set of TWO WHITE 5 Bar Swing Open Window Guards

Q: "We are living in a starter home. The second story windows are very close to the floor. Each room has two double hung windows. We want to protect our children from falling through the screens since we live in California where we rarely use our air conditioning. Our windows are 38 inches wide and 42 inches high. Is this the correct size for our windows. We want safety but don't want to pay a huge price." Thanks Sara.

Answer: The John Sterling window guard you refer to is made of steel, white in color and tested to withstand a force of 150 pounds at maximum extension if properly installed. We sell this guard either in a single pack or a case of 2. Figure on no more than $140 for the pair including shipping (July 2009) unless you live in a very rural area.

The guard expands to fit a window that is from 24 inches to 42 inches wide. The height of the guard itself is 18 inches. Since a 4 inch opening is considered safe according to most building codes, each one of these guards can safely protect a window opening up to 22 inches if you allow 2 inches between the bottom of the side bar and the sill. Use a window stop if your window opens wider than 22 inches.

We recommend this unit for more permanent installations. The guard will swing open for cleaning. You can use the locking channel with a pin to make the unit more child and burglar proof. There is a safety release lever for quick opening. Remember that these units use long screws that can only be removed by drilling them out.

The John Sterling line of window guards includes non-opening units as well as ones made of angular steel for higher security.

Thank you for your question. If you decide to protect additional windows, we recommend that you email us a list of your window sizes, types, etc. so we can get you the best pricing and best shipping rates available.

Sincerely, Barbara

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Strength and Durability of Child Safety Banister Guard Plastic Child Safety Product

Question about the product Banister Guard 15 feet by 33 inches high, Product Code: =SF-BG15

Q: Does the plastic around the holes crack? Is the plastic very strong?" Thanks, Twig

Answer: We've sold this indoor banister guard product for about 9 years and never had a complaint about the plastic cracking. The plastic is quite strong. PET medical grade plastic. Once this is installed, it is tight to the banister so there should be no tearing. You cannot tear this: you have to punch the holes and cut with sharp scissors.

Several years ago, our family went skiing at Copper Mountain. The condo we rented had an indoor banister with about a 6 inch space between the uprights. I alerted the adults and the kids to the dangers. Nonetheless, my 4 year old grandson caught his head through the opening which resulted in a few minutes of panic before we extricated him. I left a message for the management company and wonder if they ever acted on the risk as a smaller child could actually hang himself if he went feet first.

Child Proofing Banister Guard Features:

* PET medical grade plastic.
* Easy to cut to fit with scissors.
* Attach to spindles and end posts with 50 lb. tensile strength cable ties (included).
* Use hole punch (included) for customized hole placement.
* Wall anchor screws (included) for optional wall attachment.
* 33 inches high.
* For indoor use only.
* Note: No UV protection: this material degrades from sunlight exposure.

This comes in lengths to 50 feet.

Easy Installation. Use scissors to cut shatterproof KidShield to fit. Remove protective clear film. Fasten Kid Shield to banister posts with cable ties. Secure ends to a wall or end post with screws (or around banister with cable ties). Plastic Kid Shield Banister Guard, cable ties, screws, hole punch and detailed instructions provided. Approximately one cable tie provided for every 9 inches of Banister Guard. Materials needed: Tape measure, straight edge, marker, scissors and Phillips head screwdriver.

I hope this answers your questions. Just remember to remove the protective film before installing.

Thanks for your question.
Sincerely, Barbara

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Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Deck Netting to Block Openings in Picket Fence

Question about using Deck Shield Clear Deck Netting to keep dogs in a yard.

Q: "I installed a fence several years ago when I purchased a dog. It is a white plastic picket fence . My problem is I now have small dogs and one keeps getting out in between the pickets. Is there anything you sell for me to put on the fence that won't look too bad. I was looking at the clear mesh, for the decking for child protection, which comes in 50 feet wide and 35 in tall lengths. Do you think that is o.k. or do you have any other suggestions? Thank you in advance for your help." Barbara C.

Answer: Thank you for this novel but practical use for the UV treated deck netting. Yes, this should keep your dogs inside and should be practically invisible from both sides. Attach the net with clear plastic cable ties. This is also a great idea for families with little children. Those openings might be just wide enough for a child to get a head or a leg stuck which could be a disaster.

Thanks for your question.
Enjoy your pups!
Sincerely, Barbara

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Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Accident Prevention with Yellow Safety Padding Products

Question about yellow safety padding products.

Q: "Parts of our warehouse are dimly lit. It is easy to knock against sharp edges of shelving units. There are also supportive poles. What products do you suggest we use to reduce bumps, bruises and other injuries?" Thanks. Tom

Answer: We suggest you safety proof with bright yellow safety padding products. Although we've had several manufacturers use grey safety padding for machinery edges, the yellow is more visible in all lighting and tends to catch one's attention. Schools and day care centers often use the yellow or other vibrant colors such as sky blue, green, etc.

These products are all UV protected, fire resistant or retardant, etc.
I recommend that you make a list of the dangerous areas you want to protect and email it to us. We can then send you a quotation on the best ways to protect your employees.
Thanks for your question.
Sincerely, Barbara

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Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Consumer Reports Highly Rates Topple Stops for Securing Furniture to Wall Studs

Question about Safety Straps and Topple Stops for earthquake safety.

Q: "The recent earthquakes have me worried because I live in California in a home built to the latest earthquake standards. (Actually, there are tremors in Alaska, Hawaii, etc., too.) It is time to protect against falling furniture and TVs since I believe my walls will remain standing. I also have small children who are climbers. Please explain what you sell that would help me. Thanks." Mary.

Answer: Topple Stops were recommended by Consumer Reports to stabilize furnishings to increase home safety. These fastener kits let you keep furnishings from toppling by securing them to wall studs. Then use Safety Straps to secure objects on the bookcases or furniture to the furnishings now protected from toppling over. Safety straps come in white or black.

First, determine how many fastener sets you need by number of appliances or furniture you want to secure to the wall studs, keeping in mind the weight. For example, use two sets for appliances and furniture up to 400 pounds. Keep in mind that a combination of Topple Stops and Safety Straps is needed to secure a TV set to a TV stand which then is secured to a wall stud.

Each Topple Stop Kit Contains 2 Topple Stops Each of Which Includes:

* Two (2) grey thumb lock fasteners, 2" long by one wide with 3/4" lock lever. Use with wood screws or 3M VHB adhesive attachment. (Bonding Times: Wait four hours before adding strap. Adhesive fully bonds after 72 hours.)
* Two (2) 12" long, 3/4" wide grey locking strap with grommet for wood screw attachment.
* Four (4) #8 x 1" wood screws for furniture attachment
* Two (2) #10 x 2" wood screws for wood wall stud attachment.

Thumb lock fastener attaches to locking strap. Fastener can be moved and locked in either direction on the strap. Lift locking lever to "open." Lock fastener on strap by pushing lever down firmly. Note: Thumb Lock adhesive is non-hardening. Fasteners can be removed without damaging surface if slowly and gently pried off with appropriate tool.

The Safety Straps come in a kit that contains 4 buckles and 2 locking straps. The choices are black or white. To use, peel and press adhesive square in place. You'll get four (4) white buckles (2" x 2") and two (2) 5" white locking straps(5/8" wide). Bonding time: Four hours to set adhesive for buckle before adding strap. Full bonding after 72 hours. Use 2 Safety Straps for "low profile" equipment up to 50 lb. Use 4 Safety Straps for heavier weight and top heavy items up to 100 lbs.

Do remember your family emergency kit as well with flashlights, food bars, water, etc.

Thanks for your question.

Sincerely, Barbara

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Sunday, April 5, 2009

Safety Edge Padding for Exposed Beams Near Bunk Beds

Question about the Brown Boing Corner Strips BS-CS-48-200110 and Hearth Guard Edge Cushioning in Brown.

Q: "Our sons' bunk bed is located near to an exposed stained wooden ceiling beam. What suggestions do you have for padding the edges to keep them from hard bumps on their heads? The bunk bed is a standard twin length plus the head and foot boards. The beam is about 12 feet long. Thanks." Lynn

Answer: First, you have 144 inches more or less in length of the beam. Since it runs the entire length of the room, there is no need for corners.

If you want to cover both sides of the beam using the Boing Corner Strips, then you need to order a total of 8 strips since 144 divided by 39.5 equals 3.65 strips and you have two lengths of 144 to cover. These come 4 to a case with each strip being 39.5 inch long with a 2.25" x 2.25" lip and 1/2" thick

If you want to cover both sides with the Hearth Guard, you need to order 6 of the 54 inch strips (324 inches) or 5 lengths of 48 inches (240 inches) plus another 54 inches (294 total) just to be safe. The longest stick available is 54 inches long. This pad has a 2 3/8" x 2 3/8" lip.

The Boing Corner Strips come cases of 4 or 10 in 10 colors: Red, Orange,Yellow, Ivory, Green, Sky Blue, Indigo, Grey, Brown, and Purple. Matching corners come in 7 colors: Red, Orange, Yellow, Green, Sky Blue, Indigo, and Purple. Each corner is 4 inches by 4 inches by 4 inches and about 1/2 inch thick. There are no corners to match the ivory, grey or brown.

The Hearth Guard is available in ivory, gray, brown, black and taupe. If you want to protect the edges of the bunk bed, the corner cushions that match the hearth guard are 8 inches by 8 inches. Or there are smaller corner cushions and edge cushioning to match.

Use glue or tape to attach to the beam or you can use screws. We recommend the glue as it is easier. We used the hearth guard strips in taupe to protect taller persons from bumping their heads on our stair landing.

Both manufacturers emphasize that these products are fire resistant and non-toxic.

Thank you for your question.

Sincerely, Barbara

P.S. This customer phoned later to tell us she had used screws to attach the Boing edge strips to the beams and was very pleased with the results.

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Monday, March 9, 2009

Fitting a Child Gate or Pet Gate to a Wider Doorway

Question about the JPMA and Consumer Products Safety Commission approved Cardinal Gates: Metal Pressure Gate, Duragate MB-25, Stairway Special Gate SS-30A Clear Plastic and Metal Gate CP-30 and Auto-Close Self-Locking Safety Gate MG-15B.

Q: " How do I choose the correct gate for the wider doorways in my home? I have dogs and babies who need separation. I'm not sure which gate to buy." Thanks. Janet

Answer: I recommend these actions:

  1. Accurately measure the actual door way openings with a metal retractable tape.
  2. Look at the maximum doorway fit of each gate without an extension.
  3. Decide whether you want a gate that permanently mounts, one that can accept height extensions to keep larger dogs in or out of rooms, etc. Several different gates may meet your specs.
  4. Subtract the gate maximum width from the doorway opening.
  5. Choose 1 or more width extensions, 10.5 inches and 21.75 inches to fill in that missing space for the Duragate, the Stairway Special and the Auto-Close Gates. For the metal pressure gate, there are 5 inch and 10.25 inch extensions.

For example, if your door opening is 52 inches:

  • The steel Duragate fits a maximum opening of 41.5 inches. Subtract the gate from the opening and your distance left is 10.5 inches. The SF-BX-1WH is a 10.5 inch extension for 41.5" to 54" openings. Choose one of this extension.
  • The white self-locking baby gate MG-15B fits a maximum opening of 40.5 inches. There is an 11.5 inch gap which means you would need the wider extension 21.75 inch Extension SF-BX-2WH for 0penings 51 inches to 61.75 inches.

If your doorway opening is 72 inches:

  • All Steel Duragate: Your distance left is 30.5 inches. Subtract 41.5 inches from the 72 inch opening. Now subtract 21.75 from the remainder. You have 8.75 inches left. So you need one of the BX-1 and one of the BX-2. I also recommend a T-Bar support.
  • Auto Close Aluminum Gate MG-15B: Your distance left is 31.5 inches. Subtract 40.5 inches from 72 inches. Then subtract 21.75 from the 31.5. You still need one each of the extensions plus a support.

Gates are not recommended for children over 24 months old.

If you need help, please email us at with your measurements, color preference, gate preference (pressure, clear, steel, autoclose, stairway, etc.). We'll send you our recommendations and you can order on line or phone us.

Thanks again for your question. Sincerely, Barbara

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Monday, February 2, 2009

How to Order and Install Pole Padding for Child Proofing

Question about ordering and installing protective pole padding for child safety.

Q: "Our church basement has exposed support poles. We want to protect against injuries from children or adults accidently hitting or running into the poles. How do we measure and choose the correct padding?" Thanks. Janet

Answer: All pole padding sold by Safe Home Products is dense, shock absorbent and UV resistant. We currently sell padding in yellow, red , black and tan . The pole pads flex but have minimal "stretch" due to the density: thickness is 11/16 or nearly 3/4 inch. If you flatten out a piece of padding, the approximate interior length across the pad is 9 inches while the height is 48 inches. The interior dimension is just over 2 inches (2 1/8 inches )in diameter. The exterior dimension is 3.5 inches in diameter. The interior dimension determines how many pieces must be put on a pole to cover the pole's circumference.

How to Determine How Many Pole Pads to Order:

1. Equipment Needed: a metal measuring tape and a tailor's measuring tape.

2. How High Do You Want to Cover? Use a metal measuring tape to decide how tall your pole is and whether a 48 inch length is tall enough to meet your needs.

3. How Many Pole Pads Are Needed to Cover the Circumference of the Pole? Use a tailor's measuring tape to measure the circumference (distance around the outside) of the pole.

4. What is the Diameter of that Pole? Remember high school math? Note: Diameter equals the inches of circumference divided by 3.14. Example, pole circumference is 10 inches. Divide 10 by 3.14 and the answer is 3.18 inches. One pad will cover almost the entire circumference of this pole. For poles larger in diameter, you'll need 2 or more pads installed side by side around the pole.

5. Is a Gap in Coverage Acceptable to You? If not. you may have to order additional pieces and cut strips to fill in the gap left once the pole padding is installed. A carpet knife and a straight edge can be used to cut the strips.

6. How to Install: Separate the padding by cutting pad or pads along the precored cut. Open the pole padding piece/pieces to fit the pole. Then use heavy-duty cable ties (included) around the padding and pole to secure padding or apply permanently with glue such as Liquid Nails.

Thank you for your questions. I hope this information has helped. Do send us email with your information and we can help confirm your choices.


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Saturday, November 1, 2008

Reduce Home Air Leaks, Save Money with Sliding Door Outlet Covers.

Question about the product: CareCover 3 prong sliding door outlet covers.

Q: "What kind of energy savings am I likely to have if I replace my standard outlet covers with the ones that slide open and closed? I've noticed cold air coming in through the unused outlets in cold weather."--Jerry

Answer: Reducing air leakage would immediately improve your comfort. To get a dollars and cents number, you'd need to figure in costs of natural or propane gas, oil, etc. Get a professional energy audit: you may need more than outlet covers for significant savings. CareCovers will reduce leakage, though, as I personally learned.

I do recommend using either CareCovers or paintable CoverPlugs which fit over existing unused outlets. CareCovers were tested using the Minnesota Blower Door Test that showed a 15% decrease in air leakage with Carecovers. Family Handyman magazine in 2008 recommended CoverPlugs.

I quickly installed CareCovers on all my exterior wall outlets several years ago when I felt cold air coming through outlet holes one January day. (My house was built in 1990 with insulation updated in 1994). There was an immediate increase in comfort without raising the thermostat.

Unlike insulating gaskets installed around outlets, CareCovers's gasket is around the exterior of the plate itself. In 1988, a house was tested twice using the Minnesota Blower door test, first with standard outlet covers and then with each outlet covered with a CareCover. (The test uses a large calibrated fan being mounted in a house door to determine amount and location of air leaks.) Air infiltration was reduced 15%. For its energy efficiency, the Care Cover received a Department of Energy Award. On October 4, 1988, The Secretary of Energy announced the Care Cover won the United States Department of Energy, National Award for Energy Innovation.

If you have other questions, please contact us.

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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Saturday, August 23, 2008

Reducing Playground Injuries with Padding

Questions about child proofing playground equipment.

Q: "I am in charge of maintenance for a small chain of preschool/day care centers. we've used ground tires as mulch under our playground equipment to reduce injuries. We are now looking for protective padding for the swing set poles, soccer goal posts and other playground equipment to reduce bruises and other injuries. I see that you have pole padding and edge cushioning. How would we install these products?

Answer: Thanks to customers like you and a responsive child safety company, we now sell protective padding for poles as well as the wider edge cushioning. The pole padding comes in lengths of 48 inches and fits poles up to 3.5 inches in diameter. You can use two back to back for larger poles.The most popular color right now is the yellow padding. You can install this cushioning by using wire ties or using a glue such as Liquid Nails.

Pole Padding Specifications:
  • Tough, UV resistant exterior.
  • Child safe dense padding.
  • Superior shock absorbancy.
  • Available colors: Bright Red (BR), Bright Yellow (BY), Black (BK), and Tan (TN).
  • Interior Dimensions: 2 1/8" diameter.
  • Exterior Dimensions: 3 1/2" diameter.
  • Thickness: 11/16".
  • 48" sticks.
For playground equipment with 90 degree corners or long straight stretches, we sell 54 inch long sticks of lab tested fire resistant padding that is non-toxic and is 2 3/8 inches by 2 3/8 inches. The more popular colors are the brown hearth guard, the taupe hearth guard,, and the black hearth guard . We also sell gray and ivory. If you need corners, we sell those individually or in combination with sticks. For outside use, Liquid Nails or a similar adhesive works best.

Please send us photos of equipment and dimensions so we can assist in your safety proofing. Thanks for your question.

Sincerely, Barbara

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Sunday, July 13, 2008

What Hardware Do I Need to Install a Duragate?

Question about the White Duragate Metal Child Pet Gate w Height Extension Product Code: : SF-MG-25-TPX-W

Q: "What hardware do I need with sheetrock with a stud on both sides?"-Bob

Answer: Installing the Duragate in this situation is easy. Use the longer screws included with the Duragate for mounting in studs. You can mount this at an angle if you need to do so to install in a stud.

Thanks for your question.

Sincerely, Barbara

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Sunday, June 22, 2008

Can you mount Guardian Angel window guards on the exterior of a house?

Question about the product Product Code: = SF-GA3558-45V Guardian Angel Window Guard Vertical Mount 3558-45V

Q: "Is this product suitable for mounting on the exterior of the house? If not, do you carry anything which can be externally mounted?-Rob

Answer: The window guards we sell are truly meant for mounting on the inside of a house or apartment, inside the interior window frame. Both the John Sterling brand and the Guardian Angel brands can be mounted on the exterior of a house. Be aware that corrosion will occur due to moisture. If you choose a fixed window guard, the corrosion will require periodic painting of the metal guards.

If you choose a removeable guard like the Guardian Angel or the John Sterling 1170 series, removal may be impaired by the corrosion. The Guardian Angel units telescope apart, extending to snap into the mounting bars. The John Sterling 1170 extend. Although the bars are painted, extending them and compressing them can rub off paint.

The window guard most comparable to the GA-3558-45V is the John Sterling model JS-1175L , which will mount vertically to protect casements or sliders that are 21 to 25 inches wide and 40 to 60 inches high. This is a unit that can be used both for security and safety.

Please measure your windows and we'll help you make the best choice to protect them.

Sincerely, Barbara

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Tuesday, June 3, 2008

Will GripOn Stain Concrete in a Shower?

Question about the product Product Code: =SS0004, Name : 4 Oz. Bottle Grip On Anti-Slip Solution

Q:" I am staining the concrete in my outside shower and then want to seal with a water based sealer. Will your product discolor or harm the stain? How long do I wait to treat with your product?

Answer: Grip On will not discolor or harm the stain. Wait about 24 hours after you stain the floor to treat the surface. That way the surface will be thoroughly dry. The 4 ounce bottle of Grip On® Anti-Slip Solution treats 12 square feet.

GripOn is a colorless solution that does not change the appearance of the granite, ceramic or other surfaces on which it is applied. Application is simple. Wash and rinse the surface thoroughly and spread on the Grip On with a clean mop or cloth. Since it is invisible, don't worry about spreading it right to the edges where no one will walk. Let it dry. The coefficient of resistance is increased 100% to 500%.

We also sell Grip On in gallon containers that treat up to 400 square feet of surface and in 5 gallon containers that treat up to 2000 square feet of hard surfaces.

Thanks again for your question.

Sincerely, Barbara

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Thursday, April 10, 2008

Quantity Purchases of Window Guards for an Apartment Complex

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. 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 dark brown.

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 dark brown (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.



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Friday, February 1, 2008

Width of Height Extension for Pet Gate

Q: "I need to keep a large dog out of a room. How wide is the height extension for the White Duragate Metal Pet Gate with Height Extension (SF-MG-25-TPX-W)? I know how tall it is but before I order I want to make sure of the width."

Answer: The doorway width is the same with or without the height extension: 26.5 to 41.5 Inches. The height extension is adjustable as is the gate. With one extension, the gate is 38 to 40 inches high. The gate height varies with mounting height from the floor (flush to 2 inches). With an additional TPX-1, add 8 inches giving a total height of 46 to 48 inches for the gate. Unless your dog can get a running start, the gate with one extension should be tall enough.

Please contact us if you need more information.

Sincerely, Barbara

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Monday, January 28, 2008

Fitting Hearth Guard to a 45 degree or 135 degree hearth return

Q: "Will the Kids Edge GRAY Hearth Pad, Metal Frame, Up to 78 inches long still work if my returns are at 45 degrees? My hearth is also 17 feet long. Will that impact the ability for this to work? Thank you. Michael."

Answer: These metal framed hearth pads have 90 degree angle corners: they are made to childproof standard rectangular fire place hearths. So if your returns are at 45 degree angles the metal frames will not fit.

Please confirm that the angles are 45 degrees and not 90 degrees plus 45 degrees or 135 degrees, i.e. does the front of your hearth have an outward "V" appearance more like the bottom of a hexagon? If this is the case, you can purchase the hearth pad by gray lengths of 54 inches (4.5 feet) or by the linear foot. For 17 feet, that would be 204 linear inches across the hearth front or 4 lengths. Plus you need to figure on the depth of each return and allow an extra two feet for the angle cuts. You can use Gorilla Glue or a similar glue to connect the pieces together.

If you need help figuring out what to order, please send us either a picture of your fireplace hearth or a diagram and measure the entire hearth including the side returns. Or if you plan to have a handyman install this, please have him contact us.



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Wednesday, January 2, 2008

Removal of Black Equipment Safety Straps

Q: "Is it possible to remove the adhesive and straps if the appliance needs to be moved?" (Re: SF-PU-01111-2, Two Packages of Black Equipment Safety Straps)

Answer: Yes, the adhesive and the safety straps (both black and white types) are removable. No solvent is required.
Removal Instructions:
  • Place a business card or piece of plastic under a tack remover or similar tool to reduce scratching.
  • Insert the tip of the tool under the edge of the fastener and apply upward pressure. (Do not pry.) The edge of the fastener will begin to lift in 5 to 10 seconds.
  • As the edge lifts, insert the tool farther and continue to apply lifting pressure.
  • Remove the fastener by hand when the edge is high enough.
  • Remove any additional adhesive by dabbing it with the adhesive on the fastener. If a large piece remain, remove it by pulling, not by rubbing. The adhesive will not leave a surface residue.
Please contact us if you have further questions.

Sincerely, Barbara

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Monday, July 23, 2007

Treating Slippery Floors to Avoid Falls

Q: "Could you tell me if the 4 oz. bottle of Grip On Anti-Slip Solution is used by itself? How much area will one bottle cover? How long does it stay effective? Thanks. "

Answer: Yes, you use the solution without other chemicals. All you need is a clean, rinsed floor prior to use. Coverage is about 12 square feet per 4 oz bottle. We also sell Grip On in a gallon size to treat about 400 sq. feet and in 5 gallon buckets each of which treats 2000 sq. ft. of ceramic tile, concrete, etc. Effectiveness is about 2 years for bath and shower areas and about one year for traffic areas such as walkways in malls, etc.

To apply Grip On:

  • Clean and rinse the area.
  • Pour Grip On onto the surface
  • Mop or sponge the area liberally
  • Let stand for 15 to 20 minutes
  • Rinse with clear water
  • Area is now ready to use.
Do not wax after application. Use mop and detergent, BonaKemi hard surface cleaner, etc. The Coefficient of Friction (CEF) is increased by 100% to 500% after treatment.

I used Grip On to treat the ceramic tile floor in my bathroom. It was much easier than I thought. Remember this is invisible so you can apply it only to the walk way areas. It was on and dry in less than 40 minutes. Now when I get out of the shower or tub, my wet feet don't slide on the tile. It is almost like I have a skid resistant coating on my feet rather than the floor. The water may pool out around each foot but there is no slick sliding feeling. Truly I feel much safer. When I try to slide forward, I don't.

Feel free to contact us for more information.

Sincerely, Barbara

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Monday, July 9, 2007

About Sliding Door Child Safety Outlet Covers

Q:"Do you sell any non-grounded Decora style sliding door outlet covers?"
Answer: No, we only sell 2 prong sliding door outlet covers in the standard, ungrounded style style.
Comment from Customer: "A grounded outlet has three prongs, two "knife" blade ones of two lengths and a rounded grouping prong. So do you have ungrounded or not?"
Answer: The only ungrounded outlet covers we sell are the ones that work only on standard outlets with two oval outlets with two plug slots. The Decora style have the two plug outlets in a rectangular shape and have the grounding hole as well.

Comment: The Carecover sliding door outlet covers we sell are the originals, made in the USA. They are only available in duplex covers for a set of two outlets. Each outlet is covered by a spring loaded sliding door that remains closed until an electrical device is plugged in. Each cover also has a foam strip around the outside. Both the doors and the foam keep air from leaking in or out around the outlet, saving energy as well as fingers from shocks. Color choices: white, off-white (cream), ivory (almond), brown and red in the standard 3 prong. Decora and 2 prong are available in white, ivory and brown.

If you have other questions, please contact us.

Sincerely, Barbara

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Sunday, July 1, 2007

Buying Lengths of Hearth Guard Padding

Q: " Hi, I just ordered 19 feet of this product (SF-KEPA-BR, Per Linear Foot, Brown Hearth Pad with Adhesive Tape). Just as I paid for it, it crossed my mind that it might come as 19 individual pieces and 19 continuous feet. Could you please check and let me know? Thanks!"
Answer: You will receive 19 continuous feet.

Q: "Hi, me again. I am sorry to be annoying. But, can you cut off the pieces to fit specific areas?"
Answer: Yes, you can cut this with an exacto knife or sharp scissors. Then you can glue pieces together using glue you would use on PVC pipe.

Comment: We sell Hearth Guard padding both by the foot, by the corner and in kits with a metal frame or without a metal frame. Colors include taupe, black, gray, ivory or brown. Customers sometimes use the padding for other safety reasons such as padding the sharp edge of a low doorway, in warehouses or on playground equipment. We also sell a narrower 1 inch padding for table edges, etc. in black, brown, gray, yellow and ivory in lengths beginning at 12 feet. Matching corners are available.

Please contact us if you have more questions.
Sincerely, Barbara

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Saturday, July 12, 2003

Can Deck Netting Be Used to Childproof a Balcony?

Adrienne asks: "Can you use outdoor deck netting (Deck Shield Netting SF-DS-30CLR) to block the open area between the balcony top railing and the roof of the balcony to keep a child from falling over the balcony? If not, do you know of a product made to prevent falls from over a balcony railing?"

Dear Adrienne,

No, outdoor deck netting would not work in your application. Deck Shield is durable, weather-resistant plastic netting with cable ties and eye screws provided to attach the mesh netting to deck posts and to the deck surface. Without permanent supports attached to the balcony roof and the top railing, this netting could not safely block that opening.

One way to childproof that area would be to have a carpenter install a sturdy frame in that area. Safe Home Products sells both removeable Guardian Angel and John Sterling brand window guards that can be installed vertically inside that frame to protect that dangerous opening. If this was an exterior balcony above the 6th story, window guards need to be permanently fixed as most fire truck ladders don't extend above the 6th story. One customer had a similar frame installed along with Guardian Angel guards to childproof an interior balcony overlooking her family room.

Sincerely, Barbara

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Friday, May 2, 2003

Childproofing Slider Windows

Q: "We have large, sliding windows. One side of each window slides horizontally. The inside measurement (ie, the actual "screen" itself - this measurement does not include any window framing, etc) of the screens are: 61" high, 30" wide. I want to be sure to purchase the correct window guard. Do we have to cover the entire opening of the screen? That seems excessive to me. I was thinking that the guard would need to come up as high as a standard safety gate would - but maybe I am wrong. Please let me know if you have what we need. Sincerely, Kimberly"

Dear Kimberly,

To childproof a slider window or a casement (wind out) window, the only safe way is to cover the entire window opening with one or more vertically mounted guards spaced side by side with a 4 inch or less space between them. Yes, this means the guard looks like prison bars. Otherwise a child could use a horizontally installed guard as a ladder and climb over the guard and fall out. In order to slide both sides of your window, you will need to stack guards side by side to cover the entire window. To determine the size that you need, please go to our window guard sizing and selection page.

There was a sad situation in New Jersey a few months back. A child fell OVER a horizontally mounted window guard through the screen. It was a slider window. I was contacted by a man who was going to testify about this tragedy. Horizontal window guards are made for single hung or double hung windows: a window stop can be used to stop that window from opening above the guard so the child cannot climb over. Sometimes, parents will protect the entire window if it is next to a bed or sofa where a child might fall against the window and break the glass.

Feel free to contact us if you have additional questions or want to childproof a number of windows in your home.

Sincerely, Barbara

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