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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

Choosing Between a WaterCop or a FloodStop for Protection Against Water Damage

Question: about the WaterCop and the Flood Stop

Q:"Does Safe Home Products have an opinion as to the comparison between Water Cop and Flood Stop? I've read the product guides and understand the product's features. Which is more reliable or has the best track record? Thanks, David S"

Answer: Your decision needs to be made upon these factors:

1. What do you want to protect? A single appliance or several appliances? Floodstop makes single water appliance units for water heaters, washing machines, sinks, icemakers, etc.
2. What do you want to spend? A Floodstop unit currently sells for well under $200. Most sizes of the package of a WaterCop valve, actuator and 3 moisture sensors sells for under $550 at this time.
3. Are you hiring a plumber or are you doing the installation yourself? Many do-it-yourself persons can install the WaterCop themselves.
4. Have you a need to shut off all the water in your home with a single push of a button or remote wall switch? Remember that if a WaterHound moisture sensor alarm is activated, you will know by two ways, no water anywhere within that zone and a 65 decibel alarm.

Operational problems are extremely rare with either device. If you do not activate either devices at least every 30 days, you may have problems with the ball valve turning easily depending upon what kinds of minerals you have in your water.

If you have only one appliance to protect and it is, for example, a washing machine, the Floodstop is easily installed without the expense of a plumber. If you want to protect several appliances (as I did), the plumber is well worth the expense as is the additional cost for a WaterCop as the basic system comes with the valve, the actuator and three water/moisture sensors. And you can always add additional sensors to the unit for other appliances. When you add the cost of 3 or 4 Floodstops, you soon can approximate the cost of a single watercop. You can also buy a dual probe moisture sensor for the WaterCop and install it as I had done, under the water dispensing fridge and at the water entry point as well.

On the other hand, in apartment buildings or condos where each unit has its own water heater, installing a Floodstop in the 3/4 inch valve size is quite cost effective as several of our plumber customers who specialize in condo and high rise apartment buildings have concluded. And if your main worry is your washing machine, installing one of the two Floodstop units the standard AM-FS34H-90 or the INLINE Washing Machine FloodStop FS3/4H is all you may need.
Add a pair of Floodchek washing machine hoses and you are as safe as a person with a washing machine can be.

The Watercop is made by one of the nation's oldest and most respected ball valve manufacturers (USA Made). These brass ball valves are used in industrial applications. The Watercop is a recent (past 6 or 8 years) products.

The Floodstop is made in China or a similar place. The ball valve is high quality but made to commercial standards like those made by Dynaquip whose ball valves are used primarily in applications with chemicals.

I hope this helped to answer 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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Grip On Anti-Slip Solution Makes Concrete, Tile, Etc. Slip Resistant, Not for Hands

Question about the product 16 oz. Bottle Grip On Anti-Slip Solution SS0016

Q: "Can this be used on fingers/hands?" Carl
Answer: No, Grip-On is not for use on hands. To apply it to ceramic tile, concrete, marble, etc. to increase the coefficient of resistance to slipping, skidding, etc. , you should wear rubber gloves or be careful not to get the product on your hands.

Below is information from the Material Data Safety Sheet:

  • 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.

  • Our feedback on this product has been completely positive. Applying the solution to my bathroom ceramic tile took only minutes. Since the product is clear and invisible after application, you don't have to worry about applying it "perfectly." I applied it over 3 years ago. It is great to get out of the shower or tub and not worry about hydroplaning with my wet feet.


    Thank you for your question.
    Sincerely, Barbara



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    Remote Switches and Back-Up Power for a WaterCop Automatic Water Valve Alarm Shut-Off System

    Question about the product Product Code:WaterCop 3/4 Inch Electric Ball Valve, 3 Flood Sensors WVA-075.

    Q: "Can more than one remote switch be installed to turn each Water Cop valve on and off. If there is a power failure does it remain in the on position if that is how it was set or is it able to shut off in the event of power failure? " Thanks. Don Smith

    Answer: With a splitter, each WaterCop can be controlled with up to two remote wall switches. If the power fails, the WaterCop remains in the operating position at the time the power failed.

    Your options are to remove the actuator and use a wrench to turn the valve on or off.

    Or you can install a UPS battery back-up unit. The manufacturer recommends the APC Model BE500R or its equivalent. That unit provides between 50 and 72 hours of power to the WaterCop with sufficient power to turn the valve once at the completion of your test.

    If you plan to use a back-up power supply, use only batteries in the moisture sensor units (Water Hounds) as the sensors send a radio signal to the WaterCop actuator. Batteries typically last at least one year.

    The manufacturer recommends that the Water Cop be activated at least once per month, i.e. press the red button to turn off the water and the green button to turn the water back on. That way you are sure the valve moves easily when you need it to open or close.

    Thank you for your question. I've had a WaterCop for over 7 years. Other than turning off and on the water for the plumber when he installed new faucets (and a shut off for my bathtub), I've never needed its protection, only its convenience! I have sensors under my water dispensing/ice making fridge, my dishwasher and sink and next to the washer, hot water heater, main sewer drain, water softener and A/C drain. I sleep quite well every night.

    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, June 16, 2009

    Lumens and Durability of a Solar 80 LED Outdoor Motion Security Light

    Question about the product Product Code: =TD-MXS-40225, the Maxsa Innovations Motion-Activated 80 LED Security Floodlight.

    Q: "Are the led lights changeable on this Maxsa Innovations Motion-Activated 80 LED Security Floodlight? What number of lumens does this light give?" Neel

    Answer: No, the 80 LED's are not changeable. However, they are rated for 30,000 to 40,000 hours of on time. The lumens are about that of a 40 watt halogen lamp.

    Recently, a residential treatment center in New York state chose to equip their center with these lights as a cost-saving, security measure. For this security light, you need a ladder and not an electrician to install the lights. And with solar power you save on electricity, too. The 15 foot cable to the solar panel even lets you install the light inside a building if you choose. Included is a 6V 4ah sealed lead acid rechargeable battery. This light can detect motion up to 35 feet away within a 180 degree detection area. Time, motion sensitivity and LUX (daylight sensitivity) adjustments. And the light can activate up to 360 times on one charge when on for a minute at a time.

    Thanks for your question.
    Sincerely, Barbara

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    Wednesday, May 27, 2009

    Dealing with Slippery Floor Tile in A Japanese Restaurant

    Question about dangerous ceramic tile restaurant flooring and Grip-On .

    Q: "We've been lucky so far, only our employees have slipped and fallen on our new flooring. When the new owner bought this formerly Chinese restaurant, he had all the old carpeting ripped out and replaced it with ceramic tile because he felt the tile was easier to keep clean. The tile was laid directly on the concrete slab. The water table is high since we are near the Rock River (Moline, Illinois) so moisture comes up through the tile sometimes and the floor is wet. We've tried everything to make it less slippy. Currently, the floor is cleaned every night with a degreaser followed by a detergent wash and then we pour chlorine bleach on it since we were told the chlorine would make it more slip resistant. The bleach does not help. Help!" Tina.

    Answer: Reality is we stopped at this restaurant on the way back from Pennsylvania. The food was excellent. Even with my deep grip athletic shoes I was sliding on this floor as if I was on ice! It was scary to say the least. I talked with our server and Tina and the above was what they shared with me. I promised I would phone our Grip-On supplier and find out what actions the restaurant needed to take.

    Here is what William shared with me:

    • The janitor should degrease with Blu-It or a similar de-greaser that leaves no residue.
    • Next, rinse the floor thoroughly with water. Remove all the old detergent and residue.
    • Then swab the floor with Grip-On. One gallon treats about 400 square feet.
    • After 20 minutes, wash it off with clear water
    • Let dry.
    Remember, William, said that there is grease in the air of most restaurants that will settle on the floor. The kitchen area may need mopped twice a day. The eating sections, probably once a day but perhaps more often in the grill areas. He recommended a 12 lb. cotton mop head and a clean bucket. Make sure the mop head is changed every few months.

    The anti-slip quality should last about 1 year minimum if the floors are properly maintained.
    I'll be faxing you the information, Tina. Hope to enjoy your teriyaki again soon!

    Sincerely,
    Barbara

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    Saturday, April 4, 2009

    Sensaphone Web600 Remote Monitor Uses Internet

    Question about Sensaphone remote temperature monitors that do not need hard wired telephone lines.

    Q: "I've looked at your Temperature Guard Monitor for several years. I am now free to travel since I retired. I want to protect my home from furnace or air conditioner failures. But that monitor requires a land-based phone line and I don't have that anymore. (I discontinued my telephone land line and now use a VOIP,voice over internet phone.)Do you have a remote temperature monitor that does not need a land telephone line? I have high speed internet access." Thanks. Tom

    Answer: Sensaphone just released a new product,the Sensaphone Web600. This is a compact web-based remote monitor that has an optional battery back-up for when power fails.

    The Web600's compact case measures 4.5 inches by 3.25 inches by 1.5 inches. There are 6 available zone inputs. A battery back-up unit (not included) plugs into the left side of the unit. Also there is an ethernet connection and a input for the 5V DC power adapter. There are two lights, a power and an alarm light on the top of the unit.

    Besides temperature monitoring, the Web600 can also read values from humidity sensors, air quality sensors, water leak detection sensors and much more. For example, if you are worried about your sump pump failing, install the Sensaphone Compatible Water Detection Sensor.

    Thanks for your question. Enjoy your travels and let the Sensaphone contact you or a neighbor or friend if something goes amiss at home.

    Sincerely, Barbara

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    How to Install a Mirror over a Bathroom Mirror Defogger

    Question about the product Product Code: = 120 Volt Heated Mirror Defogger Model CL-MIR18P75W120V. that defogs a mirror area up to 18 inches x 25.25 inches.

    Q: "Can the mirror be glued to the wall over this mirror defogger? Or does the mirror have to be clip mounted? Can the defogger element be wired to the light switch for on and off control? Thanks." Julie.

    Answer: Yes, you can glue the mirror to the wall over this unit as long as you do not get glue on the unit itself. Installation of the mirror defogger element by Calorique is simple. Stick the defogger element to the wall, make a few simple electrical connections and replace your mirror. You can wire the unit into a light switch.Power consumption is 75 Watts. Included are attached 18 inch lead wires for hard-wiring.

    Thank you for your question. Smile when you look in the mirror after stepping out of your shower!

    Sincerely, Barbara

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    Friday, February 13, 2009

    Battery Operated LED Night Lights for Power Outages

    Question about availability of LED lights that work when power fails.

    Q: "Can you recommend night lights or similar lights for when power fails? We've had several power outages recently from ice storms, snow and wind storms. At night, it's hard to find a flashlight to get to the bathroom or to check on a child. Motion activated LED lights would be my choice." Thanks. Diane.

    Answer: I recomend you purchase the Lentek Koolatron LED Motion Sensor activated lights. These can also be used as tap lights. These motion sensor lights hang on the wall and operate on 2 D cell batteries. The light stays on for 15 seconds unless other motion is detected. You just push in the light to have it stay on longer.

    Two lights come in a package. Each light case is 6 inches long by 3 to 4 inches wide. The LED light bulb sits in the center of a circular 3 inch frosted cover. The single 3V 800 mA adaptor lets you operate one light on electricity while the other is on guard with batteries. Hang on a nail using the hang hole in the top rear of each unit. For best motion activation, hang about 5 feet off the ground. You can set these to always on as well if you use AC power.

    Hope you find these the right choice for lighting your indoor path at night.

    Sincerely, Barbara

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    Thursday, January 15, 2009

    Reduce Head Injuries: Pad Exposed Basement Beams and Low Stairway Ceilings

    Question about what products can keep heads from getting banged on low ceiling beams.

    Q: "My unfinished basement ceilings are low, only about 6.5 to 7 feet. We have exposed floor joists or 'ceiling beams.' I am 6 ft. 4 inches tall. What suggestions do you have to keep me from banging my head if I forget to duck? I've gotten quite a few 'goose eggs'!" Thanks. Dick

    Answer: What I recommend for exposed joists, as well as at the bottom of stairs with lower ceilings are strips of the Cardinal Gates' hearth guard. These strips come in black , brown, gray , taupe and ivory colors. These sticks are 54 inches long. You can also purchase padding by the foot.

    At the top of our office stairs, there is a low ceiling edge that we padded with the taupe colored padding strip. It has saved many heads from bumps and bruises.

    Safety Padding Features:
    • Lab tested fire resistant pad.
    • Pads will smolder, not burn.
    • Non-toxic.
    • For home, work or industrial setting.
    • Adheres directly to hearth, wall edge, etc. with provided double sided adhesive.
    • Dense, impact absorbent.
    • Durable and easy to clean.
    • Pad Size: 2 3/8" x 2 3/8" Lip.
    • Includes 54 inch pad plus tape.
    We also have pole padding if you have exposed support beams and edge cushioning and edge corners in many colors. Keep your children and yourself safe!

    Thanks for your question. Contact us by email or phone if you need quantity quotations.
    Sincerely, Barbara

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    Saturday, November 22, 2008

    Attaching Rupture Proof FloodChek Washing Machine Hoses

    Question about using the FloodChek Washing Machine Hoses and the Product Code: =SM-FC-Gooseneck2. Gooseneck Connectors.

    Q: "My washing machine sits fairly close to the wall. I'm concerned that the Floodcheck washing machine hoses are too stiff to install correctly. Can I attach these gooseneck connectors to the back of the machine so that the hoses do not stick straight out, and then attach the hoses to the free end?" Thank you. Howard.

    Answer: Yes, the purpose of the goosenecks to provide an angle so the hoses do not stick straight out. We recommend the gooseneck connectors when space is tight for installation. Some customers must install two sets, one on the water supply pipes and one on the washer, to be able to use these rupture proof hoses.

    Thanks for your question.

    Sincerely, Barbara

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    Friday, November 21, 2008

    PEARL, The Home Fire Escape and Rescue Ladder in a Cabinet

    Question about the Pearl Protected Escape and Rescue Ladder.

    Q: "I read about the Pearl fire ladders. How difficult is it to install one? We live in a two story house. I want my family to be able to escape a fire. I am concerned about panic setting in and the kids not remembering the chain ladders are under the bed." Thanks Tom

    Answer: Installation is not that difficult. The PEARL ladder is a 23 foot 8 inch ladder for 2nd and 3rd story homes or buildings. The PEARL is housed in a cabinet mounted between wall studs in a hallway, bedroom or other room. Usually the ladder is mounted under a window. Studs must be 16 inches center to center with a finished wall space equal to the dimensions of the cabinet. If you do not have 14 inches of wall space, you may notch out part of the molding (window apron and/or baseboard) to make room for proper installation.

    We recommend professional installation. If you are handy, DIY installation takes about an hour. The easiest time to install is when a home is being constructed or remodeled.

    You can use this ladder for up to a 3 story installation. The primed cabinet can be painted to match the wall The cabinet dimensions are 14" high x 16.5" wide with an access door of 13.5" x 15.25".

    Features:
    # Anti-slip rungs: Spaced 14" apart, stand offs on each rung. Fingers and toes have ample room for climbing.
    # Ladder Rungs: Extruded aluminum ladder rungs (6061, T6). Lightweight, strong and durable.
    # High heat resistant Nylon webbing . Lightweight, stronger, tangle-free alternative to chain.
    # Load Capacity: 1500 pound maximum.

    Repacking this ladder is not something we recommend. so don't try to rehearse fire drills with it! Children can deploy it much easier than a portable chain ladder as PEARL weighs less and is easier to get out the window.

    I do recommend two PEARL ladders minimum per second floor and above. You need more than one escape route besides your stairs.

    Thanks for your question.
    Sincerely, Barbara

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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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    Wednesday, September 10, 2008

    Sensaphone Magnetic Reed Switch Monitors Doors and Windows

    Question about the Product: FGD-0006 Magnetic Reed Switch

    Q: "I own several convenience stores that accept delivery at the rear of the store. I want to install these switches on the rear doors and on the front doors into each store so that my clerks know when the doors are opened. Is this switch normally closed? Or normally open? Does the magnet hold it open? Thanks, Basil"

    Answer: Yes, this switch will meet your needs for monitoring doors. In combination with a Sensaphone system, you'd have all the monitoring capabilities you'd even need without paying for an alarm monitoring service.

    My Sensaphone sales rep sent me this response. "The magnetic reed switch monitors the opening and closing of doors. So, this sensor can be configured as normally open or normally closed dependent upon whether the customer wants to monitor the door opening or closing."

    From the spec sheet, I also gleaned the following.
    Description: The magnetic reed switch may be used with all Sensaphone models to detect any unauthorized entry or intrusion. They are usually installed on doors and windows to detect their opening and closing. Several magnetic reed switches may be
    wired in series.

    Each FGD-006 package contains:
    (1) Sensor
    (1) Spacer
    (1) Sensor Casing
    (1) Magnet
    (4) Mounting Screws
    (1) Installation Instructions

    Dimensions:
    Part w/ screw terminals: 2.5 inches x .75 inches x .5 inches
    Part w/ magnet: 2.5 inches x .75 inches x about .75 inches
    Housing: White plastic

    Thank you for your questions.

    Sincerely, Barbara

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    Saturday, August 30, 2008

    Natural Gas Leak Detector Coverage Area?

    Question about methane gas detectors for homes.

    Q: "What is the coverage area for the natural gas leak detectors you recommend?-Judy"

    Answer: Giving an exact coverage area is not possible for a variety of reasons. The best we can say is that a natural gas monitor be mounted near every potential gas leak source. Natural gas is lighter than air and rises to the ceiling above and near the gas leaking appliance. Even inside your home there are air currents in a room due to air conditioning or heating ducts, differences in temperature in a room (warmer air collects near the ceiling, cooler air settling to the floor).

    Instruction manuals recommend that a natural gas monitor be mounted near the gas source for the most accurate detection. Mount the detector within 6 inches from the ceiling or on the ceiling at least 6 inches from the wall. Natural gas pools above the source gas, kind of like a stalactite begins from the ceiling of a cave.

    We sell two brands of natural gas alarms that are easily installed because of the long cords. Two brands are UL1484 listed for use with natural gas and propane gas and also work with gasoline fumes and butane fumes. These are the Safe-T-Alert 40-411AC and the CCI Natural Gas Alarm with Battery Back-Up. We sell another unit by Safety Siren Combustible Gas Alarm by Family Safety Products that requires that an outlet be installed near to the appliance at the proper height.

    Thanks 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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    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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    Friday, August 22, 2008

    I Need to Know When the Power Goes Out at Home

    Question about home power monitors.

    Q: "I winter in Arizona. My home in Oregon is in the country at the end of the power grid. I leave the furnace set at 55 degrees while I am gone those 4 months. My neighbor keeps an eye on the house. But a storm or fallen tree can knock out my power and leave his power still on. I don't want my pipes to freeze or my home damaged. What do you sell that can alert him and me that the power is out at my house?"

    Answer: We currently sell two brands of remote monitors. Neither require paying a monthly monitoring service fee. These are the Sensaphone and the Microtechnologies brands.

    The Sensaphone 400 , once known as the Sensaphone "cottage sitter", lets you program in 4 phone numbers, add additional sensors, control your thermostat remotely, and has a 24 hour battery backup using C cells. Two other units are less expensive choices that would to meet your needs are the Homeguard and the TemperatureGuard monitors. What you are looking for is a monitor that can dial out an alert that the power is off and give you the temperature in your house as well.

    The standard Homeguard and TemperatureGuard units have a built-in 4 hour battery back-up that activates when the power goes out. We've learned over the years that getting the insurance of a Temperature Guard with 20 hour battery back up or one with a 30 hour battery back-up has its advantages, primarily that the units will have extended battery so that if you turn off your phone at night (or your neighbor does), there will be enough battery left to continue dialing out until you wake up or turn on your phone or phones.

    The Homeguard can dial up to 4 phone numbers. It also comes with a 20 hour or 30 hour battery back-up . The Homeguard alert is set at below 45 degrees F or power off for 5 minutes or more. The TemperatureGuard can also send messages to pagers as well as dial up to 4 phone numbers. The TemperatureGuard lets you choose both an upper and a lower limit (for summer and for winter) as well. Of course you can call into either unit at any time to get the power status (on or off) and the temperature. Both units and their brothers and sisters need a land phone line and electricity to work. Programming is easily done with a telephone.

    Please read the instruction manuals on our website for more information or contact us.

    Thanks for your question.

    Sincerely,
    Barbara

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    Wednesday, August 6, 2008

    Will a Radon Detector Detect Outgas from Granite?

    Queston about the SM-RAD-PRO3Safety 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.

    Go to our website for more information.

    Thanks for your question.

    Sincerely,
    Barbara

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    Wednesday, July 30, 2008

    Can I Locate the Flood Stop Controller Remotely?

    Question about the FloodStop 3/4 in Valve Water Heater Shutoff COMPRESSION
    Product Code: : FS-3/4-C


    Q: "It looks like your system has a control box with buttons. Can I turn the system off or on with this controller placed remote from the shutoff valve? I would like to be able to turn the whole water supply off when I am away." Thanks, Kevin

    Answer: Yes, you can turn the system on and off remotely. However, you cannot place the controller itself remotely from the shut-off valve. The moisture sensor is connected to the controller so remotely positioning the controller won't work.

    The FloodStop Controller indeed has three buttons, mute, close valve and open valve.
    The outputs are normally closed. You can use contacts for any device that can utilize them, like auto phone dialers, alarm systems, X10 home automations devices., etc. There is a 4-pin connection to valve/sensor connector.

    We do sell a whole house or zoned water shut off valve called the WaterCop which has a remote shut-off available that must be wired to the WaterCop unit with Cat 5 cable. This is a more expensive unit that uses individual moisture sensors that radio to the unit to shut the water valve when moisture is detected on the sensor (the circuit is closed by water between the two prongs of the sensor).

    Please contact us if you have more questions.

    Sincerely,
    Barbara

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    What powers the ThermoHawk 630 & how does it work?

    Question about the product: the ThermoHawk 630 thermometer.
    Q:"What type of batteries does it use? How does it work?"

    The ThermoHawk 630 uses 9V batteries. This is a professional infrared thermometer for use in manufacturing plants, checking out HVAC systems or electrical equipment troubleshooting. Hand held, the ThermoHawk 630 lets you check the surface temperature of almost any object from as much as 8 inches distance. Auto mechanics, scientists conducting experiments, electricians testing terminals on circuits and others needing to know operation temperatures between 0~50°C(32~122℉) find this device very useful. Check for leakage around pipes going into your home or uninsulated heating ducts. You can do your own energy audit or check the surface temperature on your refrigerator shelves.

    Hope this helps. Thanks for your question.

    Sincerely,
    Barbara

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    Has the Pro 3 Radon Gas Detector been EPA evaluated?

    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.

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

    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

    Getting Squirrels Out of Attics & Eaves

    Question about the product Evictor Strobe Light Squirrel and Rat Repeller Product Code: EP-MB10K

    Q: "Squirrels have eaten into our eaves, but have not gotten into the house (yet) Will this or a similiar product work in that type of area? We are not exactly sure where they are, but have seen them go in and out."-Debbie

    Answer: The Squirrel Evictor Strobe Light is designed to be used indoors. It is a very large strobe light and will most likely cause the neighbors to complain. You could install one indoors in the attic area in case they do get in. You may want to try Bird Proof Gel or Bird Proof Liquid . You can apply the gel using a caulk gun or the liquid can be sprayed on. This is an EXTREMELY sticky substance and the squirrels HATE it. Once it gets on their fur they can't get it off.

    Thanks for your question. Good luck!

    Sincerely, Barbara

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    Using Power Inverter to Run a Sump Pump?

    Question about the product: VECTOR 1200 Watt Power Inverter VEC053D.

    Q: "My fix-it man wants a Vector Model 056D power inverter. He reports that we need 16 amps minimum to run 2 same model sump pumps (Wayne Submersible pumps 4200 GPH, 15 amp min, 120v, 60 hz, 1/2 HP, ) Can't find the VEC056D and most info on inverters do not include amps info. Will this one work for my 2 pumps?

    Answer: We consulted with our Vector distributor about this answer. Here is what Devin responded:

    "I would go with the VEC051D to be safe. This would put out 27.5 amp continuously and 55 amps for start up loads for a short period of time. The reason I suggest this one is because all of those pumps have a start up draw (surge) that is higher than the power they use when already running. It’s like riding a bike. It’s easier to peddle a bike once it is already moving than to have to get the bike to begin to move from a stopped position."

    Thanks for your interesting question.

    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 3, 2008

    Using a PowerPack to Power a Heater?

    Question about the XPower Powerpack 400 Plus Radio and Air Compressor.

    Q: "Can this powerpack be used to operate a heater when camping and if so for how long?" Rickey

    Answer: No, this powerpack cannot be used to operate a heater when camping. Electric heaters typically draw 1000 watts of power. This is a 400 watt power pack with a 600 watt surge. Plugging in a 1000 watt electric heater would cause either the circuit breaker to trip or a fire to cocur.

    My suggestion: purchase one of the new generation of catalytic heaters that use propane. Catalytic heaters are a safe, portable option. I do recommend that you purchase and use a Costar 9RV, a recreational vehicle rated carbon monoxide alarm. We've sold these to the military to use in tents where catalytic heaters are used.

    If you have other questions, we'd be happy to help.

    Sincerely,
    Barbara

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    Friday, February 15, 2008

    What does the Sergeant mean for the WaterCop?

    Q: What does the word "SERGEANT" in the description refer to for the WaterCop 3/4 inch 3 Water Hounds (Sergeant) model as compared to the others (WaterCop products) you show that don't have this term?

    Answer: In about 2005, DynaQuip, the manufacturer of the WaterCop device, set up packaged combinations of WaterCop valves, motorized actuators, moisture sensors, remote shut-off device, freeze alarm, etc. for its resellers. DynaQuip designated the units in military terms such as Sergeant, Lieutenant, etc.

    Safe Home Products began selling WaterCops many years before these "packages" were put together. Since other on-line resellers frequently refer to the WaterCops with 3 WaterHounds as Sergeant packages, we added the Sergeant to our title. Our pricing for components is quite competitive. Since we stock the separate components in our Iowa warehouse, we decided not to purchase the other combinations pre-packaged but let our customers decide how many and what additional components to purchase.

    For those of you unfamiliar with the WaterCop device, this is a whole house or zoned water shut off full port ball valve with actuator that responds to radio signals from moisture sensors (WaterHounds) or freeze alert sensors (FreezeHounds). Water is shut off almost instantly when sensors are activated plus an alarm sounds at that sensor. The sensors can be AC powered or battery powered. The moisture sensors come with a single probe or two probes connected to one radio device. The sensors are installed under water dispensing refrigerators, dishwashers, water heaters, washing machines, etc.

    Thanks again for your question. Please contact us if you need more information.

    Sincerely,
    Barbara

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    Thursday, February 14, 2008

    How to use the Sensaphone Smoke Detector

    Q: "Do you have the user manual for the Photoelectric Smoke Detector 120V for Sensaphones?"

    Answer: Yes. You will need to install the free Adobe Acrobat Reader software to view this and most manuals.

    We do our best to include user manuals for all the products we sell, if they are available. To find the manuals, go to the page where the product is displayed. The link to the manuals is typically below the item's picture. In this case you would go to the page for the Photoelectric Smoke Detector 120V for Sensaphones and click on the manual link below the picture.

    Please contact us if you have other questions.

    Sincerely, Barbara

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    Wednesday, February 6, 2008

    Delaying the Power Outage Alert on A Home Monitor

    Q: "Is there a way to program the Home Guard Monitor 500-2 With 30 Hour Battery Backup NOT to call unless the power has been out for 6-8 hours?? The power frequently goes out for short periods of time around us and the 5 minute set up would be quite bothersome. The instructions explain how to set the temperature but not the time frame." Rick

    Answer: We contacted the manufacturer for guidance. Here is the response from Microtechnologies: "I do not recommend setting the power outage time delay to 7-8 hours. How about starting with 1 hour and working your way up? Do you have the instructions for adjusting the factory default? If you do it is Option 6."

    We hope this helped you. If not, please send us more questions.

    Sincerely, Barbara

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    Friday, January 11, 2008

    Operation of a WaterCop Motorized Actuator When the Power Fails

    Q regarding a WaterCop Motorized Actuator with 3/4 Inch Valve (SM-WVA-075): "I would like to use the WaterCop to shut off water flow to my home when I am going to be away. My plan is to install a remote wall switch near my back door.
    • Should the power fail, what is the un-powered condition of this valve?
    • In other words, does this valve automatically close when the power fails?
    • Or, does the valve stay in whatever condition it was in when the power failed? Thank you"
    Answer: The 3/4 inch brass ball valve remains in the same position (open or closed) as it was in when the power shuts off. So, if the valve was open, it remains open. If the valve is in a closed position, unscrew the actuator (4 screws) and use a wrench to open the water valve. Plug in the actuator when the power is restored and push the green button. Then reinstall the actuator to the valve platform. Remember if you want to use the WaterCop actuator as an automatic water shut off valve that responds to water leaks, you can buy the WaterHound moisture sensors separately. Just make sure the sensors and the actuator have the same "code" set.

    Feel free to contact us if you have other questions about our products.

    Sincerely, Barbara

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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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    Monday, May 1, 2006

    Amount of Bend in Flood Check Hoses?

    Question about the Floodchek Hoses

    Q: "Hello. I am interested in purchasing a pair of your Flood Check Hoses but have a question regarding their attachment. My washer will be situated no more than 5 inches from the rear wall with the water supply to the right of the washer (same rear wall). Will these hoses attach and bend sufficiently to clear the wall behind my washer without affecting their performance? If not 5 inches, how much space would you recommend in order to attach these hoses to my washer? In case it matters, the machine is a Kenmore Elite HE3T. Thanks."

    Answer: You need about 7 inches for the bend. We sell brass e goose neck adapters that reduce clearance to 3.5 or 4 inches.

    Thanks for the question.

    Sincerely,
    Barbara

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    Thursday, December 9, 2004

    Insurance Discounts for Water Cop Emergency Water Shut-Off Systems

    Question about the SM-WCA-100 WaterCop 1 Inch Auto. Water Valve - 3 Water Hounds

    Q: "Dear sirs: In your web page, you state that some insurance companies offer discounts for homes protected by water cop. Can you tell me what companies offer these discounts and how much discount they offer? Thank you very much, Jim"

    Answer: Discounts depend upon the insurance company and the state. We don't have a list. I suggest you contact your insurance agent major companies in your state and ask them if they offer discounts for emergency water shut-off systems or burglar system enhancements such as the WaterCop system.

    We do know that a 24 unit apartment condominium in Rhode Island faced steep increases in premiums after two separate significant water damage claims within 6 months. The condo association installed Water Cops on both the incoming hot water line and the incoming cold water line in each unit. They also installed Water Hound moisture sensors with AC power near all sinks, toilets, water heaters, dishwashers and water dispensing refrigerators. Their insurance rates decreased an immediate 10%. The reason I know is that I sold them the units. For a large complex, we order all sensors in each unit to match the Watercops in that unit. That way if one apartment has a water leak, the water supply is not shut off to neighboring units, which would occur if the codes were all the same.

    Thank you for your question.

    Sincerely, Barbara

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    Sunday, September 26, 2004

    Using a QuickEscape ladder from a deck overhang

    Q: "Hi there, Would the QuickEscape Emergency Escape Ladder 12 feet or the 20 feet ladder work from a deck overhang? I am looking for a means of escape from my deck - something I can hook over the railing and climb down - I noticed the QuickEscape Emergency Escape Ladder has some sort of extensions (stand off's?) on each rung to rest on the house (probably for sturdiness) would this ladder work if there were nothing for those extensions to rest against? and would kids feel apprehensive climbing down it? Cindy "

    Answer: This is a flexible chain ladder so these are some of the variables:
    • The deck railing/window sill must be thick enough so the hooks grip it. Otherwise there is nothing for the top to push against for stability.
    • To be safe, the stand-offs must brace against the house. Otherwise, the ladder dangles dangerously and is likely to swing in the air. Stand-offs both add stability as a person descends and allow for toe room between the ladder and the house.
    • Stand-offs can be removed or adjusted to allow for climbing over obstructions, etc.

    If there was a wall against which the ladder could rest, your kids probably would use the ladder in an emergency. Otherwise, it would be scary and dangerous.

    Are there windows nearby that have the necessary sill thickness against which the ladder hooks can brace?

    Please contact us if you have additional questions.

    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"

    Answer:
    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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    Tuesday, March 19, 2002

    Using Super Footwarmer Mat in a Bathroom

    Q: "Hi, Can I use this mat (ES-CZP-FWB Cozy Super Footwarmer Floor Mat) in a bathroom? Thanks, --Ron"
    Answer: Good question. No one has asked this one before. This is a sealed unit. Heavy rubber, fully sealed and waterproof. Is this going to warm feet while seated on the throne at night? Or in front of the mirror while you shave? Just curious. If you have ground fault interrupters in your bathroom and the unit is unlikely to fall into the tub, shower, or stool, it should be safe. Wet feet shouldn't be an issue since it is rubber and sealed. These are used in warehouses and for drying out boots.I'll shoot this one to the manufacturer and see what their response is. Okay?Barbara
    3/19/2004 Answer: The official word is yes, that it can be used in a bathroom. I am not sure how much heat would be generated through a bath rug. Some have rubberized backs. This unit come with a two prong plug. I am not enough of an electrician to know if you could replace the plug with a grounded one. It does take this unit about 25 minutes to reach 125 degrees. I guess it depends how long your shower lasts! Sincerely, Barbara

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    Learning Propane and Carbon Monoxide Levels in a Home

    Q: Hello Barbara,

    I am interested in knowing the level of propane, methane, and CO in my
    home. We burn propane and wood as fuel for heat, and are having some
    health problems that may be related. Do you have or know of such
    products?

    Please advise.
    Regards,
    Al

    Answer: Dear Al,

    Safe Home Products does not sell home monitors with digital readouts to tell you the exact levels. Most communities have home testing companies with sophisticated equipment to test your home over a period of days.

    We do sell 120VAC carbon monoxide alarms by Safe-T-Alert and 9V battery operated carbon monoxide alarms and 12V hard wired security system carbon monoxide alarms by Costar that will alert you to carbon monoxide levels that are dangerous. Carbon monoxide can cause health problems as well as asphyxiation by suffocation. We also sell propane and natural gas alarms by three manufacturers, Safe-T-Alert, Safety Siren and GasAware that will alert you to raw gas leaks before levels reach those where explosions or fire will occur. If you are worried about gas leaks from your furnace or other appliance, we also sell gas leak detectors with automatic shut off valves by CCI Controls.

    We do recommend that you have your propane using appliances checked at least once a year by a professional and contact your propane supplier if you suspect a raw gas leak inside or outside your home. Remember our mission statement is "A Safer Life Starts Here."

    Sincerely,
    Barbara

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    Friday, October 13, 2000

    Coverage area and locations for gas alarms

    Q: "I just purchased & received two testers from Safe Home Products and I have a question. I have one of them in my basement which is approximately 1700 sq.feet. Will the tester detect any gas in that area or just a small area around the tester? Also, I only have outlets near the ground, will gas by the ceiling be detected? Thank you.Deb "

    Answer: Deb, I looked up your order. I see that you purchased a Safe-T-Alert 40-411 gas alarm and a Safety Siren Combination CO and Combustible gas alarm.

    1. Both monitors have combustible gas sensors.
    2. Your basement is too large for either one or both units to detect gas laks in the entire area of 1700 square feet.
    3. The placement of the gas alarms depends upon whether your gas supply is from natural gas or propane gas.
    4. For detecting a propane leak, the unit must be mounted both near the floor and near the propane using appliance.
    5. For detecting a natural gas leak, the unit must be mounted near the ceiling and near the natural gas using appliance.
    6. Proper installation of the direct plug in unit may require using an extension cord or installing an electrical outlet in the proper place.

    I hope this answers your questions. Feel free to contact us for more information.

    Sincerely, Barbara

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