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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.

Saturday, July 18, 2009

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

Question about the product HH-MR-1500FLLF MedReady Pill Dispenser With Flashing Light and Low Frequency Alarm.

Q: "My dad cannot hear higher frequencies of sound. He is getting forgetful and needs help remembering to take his pills three times each day. Is the MR-1500FLLF the best choice for him?" Thanks. David

Answer: Medready recognized the need for an automatic pill dispenser with dual reminders. So the 1500FLLF was created. The pitch of the alarm is at a lower frequency plus there is a flashing light reminder.

According to Mayo clinic websites, there now are hearing aids that can help those with high-frequency hearing loss. Those with high-frequency hearing loss have trouble hearing higher pitched voices such as women's and children's voices, and certain parts of speech, such as consonants.

Medready also offers these units:
  • HH-MR-P1500LF: MedReady Lower frequency alarm
  • HH-MR-P1550FLLF: MedReady Lower frequency alarm, flashing light and modem connection for remote monitoring.
  • HH-MR-P1500FL: MedReadyFlashing light alarm
  • MR-P1550FL: MedReady Automatic Pill Dispenser with Flashing Light and Modem Connection
  • HH-MR-P1500: Basic Medready unit with standard alarm at frequency of 2800-3000 Hz alarm.
  • HH-MR-P1550: Medready Basic Unit with Modem Connection
For those who live where AC power is 230VAC, Medready also offers units set for those power requirements. Medready offers a low cost monitoring service via computer link.

We do recommend an extra pill box insert if you or your pharmacy or home nursing service is filling the medications for your parent. Several state social services departments are utilizing the Medready units to help keep senior citizens healthy and to remain living in their homes as long as possible.

Thanks for your question.
Sincerely, Barbara

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Friday, July 17, 2009

Relief Band Versus TransDerm Patch Scopolamine for Motion Sickness

Question about benefits of using a Relief Band Motion Sickness Nerve Stimulation Device instead of a Scopolamine patch for motion sickness.

Q: "I am going on a cruise and am concerned about getting motion sick. My physician suggested the Trans Derm Patch. You put that on behind an ear and it is supposed to work for 3 days without drowsiness. What are the pros and cons of a Reliefband compared to the patch?"Thanks. Sara

Answer: Both products are widely used. Personally, my experience with the Trans Derm patch back in the 1980's was mixed as I was not motion sick but my vision was blurred somewhat. I had followed the instructions about carefully applying the patch. Later I used the Reliefband while riding the Ferris wheel, the carousel and several wilder amusement park rides with absolutely no motion sickness. I've also used it for flu nausea, headache nausea and to help with vertigo symptoms. All uses were successful.

This is from the manufacturer's website about the Trans Derm Patch:

Trans Derm Patch Information:
  1. A prescription is needed.
  2. Cost: currently $20 to $25 each.
  3. Applied to bare skin behind either ear. (Alternate if used for more than 3 days.)
  4. Not for children under 18 years old
  5. Not for people who have or have had glaucoma (increased pressure in the eyeball), have difficulty urinating, or an allergy to the active ingredient, scopolamine or other belladonna alkaloids.
  6. Side Effects: Dryness of the mouth: in about two thirds of the people. A less frequent side effect is drowsiness, which occurs in less than one sixth of the people. Temporary blurring of vision and dilation (widening) of the pupils may occur, especially if the drug is on your hands and comes in contact with the eyes. On infrequent occasions, disorientation, memory disturbances, dizziness, restlessness, hallucinations, confusion, difficulty urinating, skin rashes or redness, temporary changes in heart rate such as palpitations, dry itchy, or reddened whites of the eyes, and eye pain have been reported. If these effects do occur, remove the patch and call your doctor. Since drowsiness, disorientation, and confusion may occur with the use of scopolamine, be careful driving or operating any dangerous machinery, especially when you first start using the drug system.
  7. Effective for about 3 days.
  8. When using this product, do not use alcohol, drive, operate dangerous machinery, or do things requiring alertness.
  9. If you are elderly, your physician should exercise care in prescribing the Transderm Scōp® patch.
  10. Keep the patch dry, if possible, to prevent it from falling off. Limited contact with water, however, as in bathing or swimming, will not affect the system. In the unlikely event that the patch falls off, throw it away and put a new one behind the other ear.
  11. Be sure to wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water immediately after handling the patch, so that any drug that might get on your hands will not come into contact with your eyes.
Relief Band Information:
  1. No prescription needed: FDA approved for over the counter use for nausea or motion sickness prevention.
  2. Current Cost: $130 to $160 each.
  3. Worn on the underside of either wrist (or both wrists if desired). Applies periodic gentle nerve stimulation at one of 5 levels you choose.
  4. Tested on children age 12 or older. Can be used on younger children
  5. No side effects except for those with nickel allergies.
  6. Requires use of an inexpensive conductive gel. (Costs $6 to $8 depending upon size and brand.)
  7. Uses two CR2025 lithium batteries which last about 144 hours on level 3 stimulation. (Cost about $3 each).
  8. No restrictions on alcohol use, no drowsiness, no dizziness, etc.
  9. Use as prevention or to stop motion sickness. Positive results in about 99% of those using it within 15 to 20 minutes.
  10. No restrictions for the elderly
  11. Can be reused over and over for years. Wear it for 15 minutes or 24/7.
  12. Splash resistant: not waterproof
  13. Adjustable to fit even the smallest wrists. Customers report using them on young children with great success. We've had customers report great success with motion sickness from vertigo and similar ailments.
  14. Wear on either wrist.
Thank you for your interesting question. Enjoy your trip. Do remember that if you choose to drink alcohol, operate a car, etc. we do recommend the Reliefband over the prescription product.

Sincerely, Barbara

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Using Original TV Ears Wireless TV Headset with Hearing Aids

Question about the product Product Code: TV Ears Original System 10041 TV-10041

Q: "How are they hearing aid compatible? My parents both wear hearing aids and want to watch TV using a wireless headphone system. They want to leave their hearing aids in at all times while watching TV in case of company. This product looks awkard to put in your ears while hearing aids are in place. Please advise... Help!! Thanks.."

Answer: The headsets do work in conjunction with hearing aids. When I say they work in conjunction, I am basically saying that unlike other headsets you will not hear a large beeping or buzzing sound when trying to place them on top of your hearing aids.

If your parents would like to have a wireless headset and still wear their hearing aids, they have 2 options. I recommend the second option if your parents' hearing aids are T-Coil enabled.

1. Rest the TV Ears headset on top of their hearing aids while watching TV
2. Purchase our Neck Loop system.This would require purchases the TV Ears Pro Unit as that headset can communicate with a T-Coil enabled hearing aid. The Loop operates at 32 Ω (ohms) input w/ 3.5mm plug. This television hearing assist device is identical to the TV Ears with the added features of an input and output jack in the headset. The television head set jacks allow for the addition of many helpful accessories to the TV Ears unit. The link hangs around their neck and creates a temporary “looped” environment. In order for the Link to work with their hearing aid they will need to look to see if their hearing aids have a “T-Switch” on them.

If you choose either unit, please remember to purchase the second headset. Each TV Ears unit can handle up to 2 headsets.

Thank you for your question. Let us know if we can help you further.

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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    Saturday, June 27, 2009

    Quickly Stop or Reduce Nausea from Vertigo or Motion Sickness

    Question regarding using the ReliefBand Motion Sickness Device 2 Free Batteries for nausea from vertigo.

    Q: "Recently, I began having attacks of vertigo. Some are mild, some are not. Along with that, I feel nausea, almost like mild morning sickness. Can the ReliefBand help?" Thanks. Fran

    Answer: Nausea is nausea no matter what the cause. My employees and I have successfully used Reliefbands for nausea from flu, from migraines and also from vertigo. Recently, I've had to deal with those symptoms myself. According to internet sites, the symptoms of benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV) usually last only a few seconds to a few minutes and are intermittent (i.e., come and go). Rolling over in bed, getting out of bed, swinging on a swing, etc. can also cause symptoms of lightheadedness and imbalance as well as nausea. Unfortunately, BPPV is more common as we grow older. ccording to the American Academy of Neurology, the most effective treatment for benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV) caused by ear crystals in the posterior semicircular canal, are treatments where the patient moves head and body in certain positions. The idea is to move the calcium crystals into another inner ear canal where the body can absorb them.

    We also sell conductive gel and conductive gel and extra batteries in separate packages. Remember the Reliefband if you get seasick or airsick, too.

    Thank you for your question. Good luck. What was recommended for me was physical therapy which starts next week.

    Sincerely, Barbara

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    Wednesday, June 24, 2009

    Wheelchair Foam Cushions and Gel Skin Protective Cushions to Help Avoid Pressure Sores

    Question about the product:Total Chair and Wheelchair Cushion , Skin Protective Gel Cushions and other cushions that help to prevent pressure ulcers.

    Q: "My mother is in a memory care nursing home and cannot walk or move herself. She is getting pressure sores on her bottom from the sitting. She has lost so much weight and it's just skin covering bone. Will this pad help? I have tried every cushion on the market that I can afford and nothing works. Am looking at this pad or maybe sheepskin pads. Also, will this fit in a recliner chair? Thank you very much. Bonnie"

    Answer: There are several cushions and cushions designated as skin protective cushions that might help your mom's comfort. One is the total wheelchair cushion that one of my employees gave her grandma for her 100th birthday last year. At that time Grandma weighed only about 70 lbs with no fat: she found the cushion comfortable: the shape allows this cushion to be adjusted for any chair.

    A better option is a gel cushion made especially for wheelchairs and to prevent pressure sores. We can suggest two cushions at this time.

    The first is the Lumex 17 inch gel cushion, 3 inches thick. This seat cushion pad is pre-filled with a non-toxic gel and surrounded by high-density, non-allergic foam with a tear resistant vinyl bottom cover and vinyl top cover that are fluid-proof, antibacterial and fire-retardant. It has a 250 lb maximum weight capacity and a one-year limited warranty.

    The second is an 18 inch by 3 inch thick by 16 inch deep Lumex Gel wheelchair cushion, the Lumex skin protection cushion is a gel cushion with foam base. There is a moderate slope from front to back to make the seat more comfortable. This cushion is considered for people who are deemed at moderate risk for pressure sores. This is a non-aqueous gel filled cushion with a 300 lb. weight capacity and a fluid-proof stretch cover. The warranty is 18 months.

    The third type are called Akros® Damped Fluid Displacement Cushions. An example of this is the GF-8114250, the Akros® D.F.D. Cushion 811 Series - 16" x 16" x 2" thick cushion. This is made for those who have temporary or chronic conditions that require prolonged seating and increased risk of pressure ulcers or by persons who experience discomfort when seated due to arthritis, lower back pain or other conditions,
    Design minimizes bottoming out, reduces pressure and provides an extremely stable and comfortable seating surface.

    The gel skin protective cushions come in many sizes to fit various sizes of chairs or wheelchairs. We offer a complete line of these plus we also sell the gel skin protective and egg crate mattress overlays.

    I hope this helps with your mom's comfort. Thanks for your question.
    Sincerely, Barbara

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    Saturday, June 20, 2009

    Using Air Flotation System Mattresses for Pressure Ulcers

    Question about the GF-753000 AltaDyne® Air Flotation Mattress- 80" x 36" x 8".

    Q: "I am buying the air flotation mattress for my father so he won't get bed sores. What comes with it, what bed linens are recommended, etc.? If incontinence is present, what type of protective pad is most beneficial? How does this system work?"- Thanks. Alieca

    Answer: This is an alternating pressure mattress that helps prevent and treat pressure ulcers. Primarily usage is those with chronic back pain and those who are confined to a bed full-time or for many hours each day. This is a portable unit with a washable cover. There is a static switch so that air loss is minimal in the sacral region.

    Since this is an 8 inch thick mattress, you'll need a contour fitted sheet for a hospital bed. (80 x 36). Use incontinence pads if that is a problem. Disposable ones are available in many sizes.

    This mattress system has individual transverse air cells that allow for maximum support and pressure distribution. The pressure control knob allows the mattress firmness to be adjusted for comfort. This unit has a 300 lb weight limit.

    Thanks for your question.
    Sincerely, Barbara

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    Wednesday, June 10, 2009

    50 UPF Sunday Afternoons Hats Mean No Sunscreen Drips Into Eyes

    Question about effectiveness and comfort of SundayAfternoons Hats versus using sunscreen on your face.

    Q: "I am a native Floridian and have paid my dues over the past 10 years as I have skin cancer after skin cancer removed from those many years outside in the sun. Now I never go outdoors unprotected: I apply heavy duty sunscreen after every morning shower. If I perspire a lot, the sunscreen drips into my eyes which is uncomfortable at best. Do you have personal experience with the Sunday Afternoons hats? How effective are they at keeping my face, ears and neck safe from the sun? Would I still need sunscreen on my face?" Thanks. Gail

    Answer: Yes I do have personal experience with the Sunday Afternoons hats and had one skin cancer removed from my forehead two years ago. (Who wore sunscreen in the 40's, 50's and 60's?) After day one in Hawaii in October 2008, I concluded I would wear my Sunday Afternoons Adventure Hat (bought in Palm Desert, CA in 2003 at the encouragement of a friend) and not wear sunscreen. (I had a miserable day one due to the sunscreen dripping into my eyes and ended up dumping bottled water on my face to try to wash them out on three occasions.)

    I was surprised that I didn't even need my sunglasses most of the day as the darker underside of the hat plus the large brim shaded my eyes . Indeed, these hats are light weight and give 360 degree solar cover from both UVA and UVB rays. In fact the hats were awarded an unprecedented 13 point utility patent fro sun protection. Except for the mesh ventilation inserts, the hats are rated at 50 UPF which is the highest rating given for clothing for ultraviolet protection against solar rays.

    The unisex adventure hat and the Sunday Afternoon sports hats are our more popular sellers.

    The adventure hat has these features:
    # Rear sizing tape for custom fit.
    # Hook and loop closure raises veil off neck
    # Moisture wicking sweatband
    # Down sloped 4 inch brim is flexible and shades entire face.
    # Chin strap with cord lock
    # 7.5 inch veil for neck and ears.
    # Foam core brim floats.
    # Dark underside of hat for eye comfort.

    The unisex sports hat is similar. Other styles are available and all come in a variety of colors.

    Thanks for your question. Stay safe in the sun!
    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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    Pulse Oximeters for Oxygen Monitoring of Pilots, COPD Sufferers, Accident Victims, Etc.

    Question about the John Bunn DIGI O2 Finger Pulse Oximeter.

    Q: "I am a private pilot age 60 who flies an unpressurized airplane often above 6000 feet. Friends suggest that I get an oximeter so I know when I need supplemental oxygen. (I carry medical oxygen with me, mostly for passengers.) How does this unit work? I thought this was more for accident victims. Thanks." Steve.

    Answer: The DIGI O2 Finger Pulse Oximeter operates on 2 AAA batteries. The LED read-out is easily read in bright and dark lighting conditions. The read-out features a brightly lit LED read-out of oxygen saturation (SpO2), pulse rate and perfusion index (or pulse strength). There are alarms both audible and visual for Low Battery, Low SpO2, High Pulse Rate and Low Pulse Rate. The pre-set Alarm Limits: Low SpO2, 90%, Low Pulse Rate: 50bpm andHigh Pulse Rate: 120bpm. Pulse oximeters are used widely in EMS, hospital and clinical settings as well as for home use and aviation.

    Oxygen levels can get low for many reasons. For pilots, that insidious killer, carbon monoxide can begin to effect a pilot or passengers at different rates depending upon age, health, etc. CO replaces oxygen in the blood. So checking with an oximeter may prevent catastrophe if someone in the plane complains of being sleepy, etc.

    Health problems such as respiratory or cardiac problems also interfere with oxygen absorption.

    For pilots who fly over 10,000 feet in unpressurized planes, a pulse oximeter is a must even if supplemental oxygen is being used. Remember as we age, our bodies react differently.

    Thank you for your question.

    Sincerely, Barbara

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    Sheepskin Shearling Wool Pelt Underlay vs Mediwool for Invalids

    Question about the products GF-1816 Sheepskin Shearling Wool Pelt and SF-MW-115 MediWool Wool Mattress Pad, 36 x 48 inch Draw Sheets

    Q: "My mom spends most of her day in bed due to health problems. We have the alternating pressure mattress. Someone suggested we get a sheepskin wool pelt for additional comfort. I cannot decide between the Mediwool mattress pad and the wool pelt. Can you help by explaining the pros and cons?" Thanks, Sara

    Answer: The G F Health Products deluxe wool pelt is 3/4 inch thick and is the actual sheepskin pelt. The total size is 6 to 7 square feet and the shape is that of a sheep, narrow at the top and wider at the bottom. The pelt is washable. Many people prefer the natural pelt. There is a Medicare Code for this product: HCPCS Code: E0189 so you can apply for reimbursement if applicable.

    The 36 by 48 inch MediWoolâ„¢ pad is 12 square feet. MediWoolâ„¢ mattress pads are made of one-inch, 100% lambswool pile with draw sheets to hold them in place. There are many sizes available, twin, full, queen, etc. You can sleep directly on the pad or cover it with a sheet.

    MediWoolâ„¢ is the trademark of the soft, pure, fleece pads which are fully washable one-inch deep pile lambswool imported from Australia and New Zealand and made in the USA. The wool is hygienically scoured and treated to allow frequent machine washing and drying. The backed fleece retains all of the natural qualities of sheepskin (including absorption of moisture vapor, softness and cushioning) without requiring that the animal give its life. These products are especially versatile due to their ease of washability, unlike the sheepskin which dries out and cracks.

    Thank you for your question.

    Sincerely,
    Barbara

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    Saturday, February 14, 2009

    Eggcrate or Convoluted Mattress Overlays for Pressure Relief and Better Sleep

    Question about the 2 inch queen sized convoluted mattress overlay.

    Q: "My back hurts: my bed is too hard. I don't know whether I should buy an eggcrate convoluted mattress overlay or a memory foam topper. I have a queen sized bed. How thick should it be? What are the pros and cons?" Thanks. Diana

    Answer: Convoluted mattress overlays or eggcrate overlays are fairly lightweight: most sizes come in 2 inch, 3 inch or 4 inch pads. In fact they are considered disposable by many hospitals and nursing homes who provide them to patients as dry pressure pads. If you use a waterproof cover such as the Protect-A-Bed Queen sized cover, the overlay can be used for years.

    Convoluted bed pads are widely used for bedridden patients or those with diabetes for prevention and treatment of decubitus ulcers. A convoluted surface gives both better weight distribution and better air circulation. Sleep is more comfortable, too. Persons with chronic back problems or invalids usually choose the thicker, 4 inch pads.

    We sell only medical grade foam pads in 2 inch, 3 inch and 4 inch thicknesses designed to meet the requirements of HCPCS code: E0199. for use as a dry pressure pad . Most sizes come in twin, full, queen, king and California king.

    Memory foam toppers are dense and heavy. A queen topper can weigh 37 pounds or more. Unlike convoluted foam, memory foam (visco-elastic foam)is temperature sensitive. At lower temperatures, memory foam gets harder; at higher temperatures, it is softer. An electric mattress pad allows our king bed to be comfortable in winter: the queen bed with a similar memory foam pad is like sleeping on a brick in winter. Quality memory foam toppers are expensive. So weight, hardness and price are concerns.

    I recommend that you base the thickness of the eggcrate pad on these factors: (1) Depth of mattress plus overlay your current sheets will handle. Or are you willing to buy new fitted sheets? (2)Your weight: the heavier you are, the thicker the topper you will need. (3)Current medical problems: a thicker topper will give better air circulation and more pressure relief.

    I hope this helps with your decision.

    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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    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.

    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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    Tuesday, November 18, 2008

    How does Orthogel Cold Therapy Pain Relief Gel Work for Muscle and Arthritis Pain?

    Question about how Orthogel (topical analgesic) works for pain relief.

    Q: "I am curious about how or why Orthogel works. I don't like to be taking aspirin or ibuprofen for every muscle ache or back pain. And those pain relievers take a long time to work. I've read your descriptions and need more information. Have you used it yourself?" Thanks. Phyllis

    Answer: Orthogel is an FDA approved over the counter non steroidal product that is known as a counter irritant. The combination of the menthol and the camphor acts to stimulate nerve endings on the skin to cause a cold sensation. The ilex enhances this effect. The manufacturer recommends use twice a day, once in the morning and once at night. The coolness comes in 5 to 15 minutes for most people.

    Orthogel comes in a roll-on, a jar, pumps, tubes and bottles. I recommend caution that you keep fingers away from eyes after massaging or applying the gel as the menthol will sting your eyes. (I wipe my hands on a dry towel and then wash my hands thoroughly with soap and water after applying it.)

    Other similar products include Bengay and Biofreeze. I've used both. Bengay was strong in odor and greasy. Biofreeze sales appear limited to chiropractor offices, at least here in Iowa. I found that BioFreeze was more expensive, more intense in odor, "stickier" in texture and sold only in a roll-on. The Orthogel odor is low and diminishes quickly. The texture of the gel is smoother than BioFreeze and the light green color does not stain clothing.

    I discovered Orthogel several years ago in a local store when I was out of Biofreeze and had a persistent back and neck aches morning and night. Currently, I use it 2 to 12 times a week mostly on my arthritic ankle but sometimes on my back or across my neck and shoulders. The coolness starts in about 5 minutes for me and the pain vanishes for 4 to 6 hours or more. My belief is that part of the pain issue is that I tense up my muscles when the pain starts and with the Orthogel coolness, I relax them.

    My older brother uses Orthogel to cope with his chronic back pain from arthritis and a car accident. When I was home last, I noticed he massaged my mom's shoulders and upper back to relieve her pain as well. Sports trainers, physical therapists and massage therapists often use Orthogel in their practices.

    Safe Home Products sells Orthogel in sizes ranging from 3 ounces to a gallon. Orthogel also has Vitamin E, Glucosamine and Aloe to help combat dryness.

    Thanks for your question. I believe you'll find Orthogel as helpful as I do to relieve your pain. For more product information, go to the manual on any of our Orthogel webpages.

    Sincerely, Barbara

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    Wednesday, October 29, 2008

    Shorter People & Booster Seat Users Like Car Shoulder Harness Pads

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

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

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

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

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

    Thanks again for your question.
    Sincerely, Barbara

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    Monday, August 25, 2008

    Keep Mom from Overdosing on Medications

    Question about the Medready MR-1500 . Basic Locked Medication Dispenser with Timer and Battery Back-Up.

    Q: "My mom is 82 years old and sometimes forgets whether she'd taken her medications. Her medications are taken twice a day and are quite powerful so the results could be a disaster. The Medready MR-1500 seems the best choice since she has no significant hearing or vision problems. How would we set this up to dispense twice a day? And we also want a second pill tray so we can set up the medication for her every two weeks in advance. Thanks, Mitch."

    Answer: "After plugging in the battery and the AC power supply, unlock and remove the lid to set the time and alarms. Follow the directions to set time of day for the first and second alarms.Then set the length of time the alarm is to ring. The factory setting is 30 minutes but you can set the ring time from 3 minutes to 250 minutes.

    Place one of the enclosed cardboard medication discs over the clock face and load the medication as shown for two doses per day in a counterclockwise direction. Verify the alarm light(s) are on and replace the lid, AFTER sliding the white bar up and AFTER sliding the door closed. MedReady is now ready to keep Mom's medication safe and dispensed only twice a day.

    Thanks for your question. And the best to your mom and to you.

    Sincerely, Barbara

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    Friday, August 22, 2008

    Hearing Amplifiers for TV & Theater

    Question about the products TV Ears and Super Ears amplifiers for TV, theater or conversation.

    Q: "My wife complains I have the TV too loud. If I turn it down, I can't hear. What are my choices so I can enjoy TV and keep my wife happy? Thanks. Tom"

    Answer: We sell both wireless TV headsets and hearing amplifiers. The more expensive units by TV Ears are superior as the headsets are light weight, volume is easily controlled by adjustments on the headset and what you hear is only the TV set. These units are also ADA compliant which means they pick up signals at theaters and other venues with ADA broadcast signals. Prices vary with the features offered. We currently sell the the TV Ears 2.3 MHz for those with normal hearing. The TV Ears Original system is for those with moderate to severe hearing lost. We also sell two hearing aid compatible units with extra features, the TV Ears Pro and the TV Ears Home Theatre .

    The two hearing amplifiers that we sell are the basic SuperEars and the Super Ears Plus These hearing amplifiers are inexpensive and easily portable. Like most amplifiers, they are not direction specific even with the built-in microphones. So you'll hear side conversations and other noises. And you'll have to hold the units or lay them on a table or arm rest. The headsets do have connective wires to the microphone/amplifier unit.

    Go to our website for more information. Thank you for your question.

    Sincerely, Barbara

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    Friday, August 8, 2008

    How do 5.86Hz & Dect 6.0 telephones differ?

    Question about the product GE29115GE1 GE Amplified Cordless Phone Dect 6.0 with Answer Machine

    Q:"Please explain the difference beween 5.86 Hz and Dect 6.0. I need clarity and the ability to raise volume. Also, we live in a mountainous area. Which phone is best?"

    Answer: The following information we received from our distributor and from internet websites.

    5.8 GHz phones offer great clarity and range. The biggest advantage to a 5.8 GHz phone is that its frequency band is less congested than the 2.4 GHz band, resulting in less interference."

    DECT 6.0 telephones are a newer technology. DECT stands for Digital Enhanced Cordless Telecommunications. . ETSI stands for the European Telecommunications Standards Institute who developed the DECT systems. The DECT channels are reserved exclusively for voice communication applications. European DECT phones use different frequencies.

    DECT 6.0 distinguishes these telephones from both DECT devices used elsewhere and U.S. cordless equipment operating in the 900 MHz, 2.4 GHz and 5.8 GHz ISM bands. The "6.0" is a version number (as in software), not a spectrum band; the term "6.0 GHz" for DECT 6.0 phones is incorrect, since it operates at 1.9 GHz.

    The 29111GE1 phone is hearing aid compatible, can expand to up to 4 handsets and has a call volume up to 40dB. Included is an amplified ringer, speaker phone and much more. All the handsets use a single phone line socket. DECT 6.0 phones generally has interference-free wireless operation to around 100 metres outdoors. And they generally are immune to interference from Wi-Fi networks or video senders, Bluetooth technology, baby monitors and other wireless devices.

    If you need an answering machine with your phone, the GE 29115GE1 cordless phone with answering machine is a great product. For additional handsets, choose the GE 29110AE1 handsets with recharger base.

    For your needs, the DECT 6.0 appears to be the better choice due to the volume control and the range. Thank you for your question.

    Sincerely, Barbara

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    Do Heated Seat Cushions Heat Only a Few Minutes?

    Question about the Wagan Heated Seat Cushions for Cars: The Wagan Heated Seat Cushion with Hi Low Switch, Wagan Deluxe Heated Seat Cushion and the Total Rest Heated Seat Cushion with Dual Voltage and Magnets.

    Q: "Do these heated car seat cushions heat for only a few minutes and then shut off. I see that the heated seat with high low switch indicates that."

    Answer: As of this date, Safe Home is selling several different heated cushions that can be used in a car. The thermostat regulates the temperature so the turning on and off is subtle, not noticeable to the seated person. Each heated cushion has different features:

    • The ES-WA-9738 has a hi/low switch and a thermostat that turns the heat on and off to maintain a temperature of either 120 degrees F on the high setting or 90 degrees F on the low setting.
    • The ES-WA-2282, the deluxe model heats quickly and maintains a comfortable 110 degrees to 120 degrees F.
    • The WA-9888 is a heated seat with magnets and massage (optional) that can be used as a 12V heated seat cushion or on standard AC current with the adapter (included), Wagan did not supply us with a temperature for this unit. I used on in my office chair and I find the heat comfortable without being too hot.

    Until I purchased a minivan with heated seats, I used the basic 9738 heated cushion. In comparison with my minivan seats, this cushion heated within a few minutes to toastly warm. I remember flying into Cedar Rapids from Minneapolis on a bitter cold day in January. Before I reach the tollbooth in the parking lot (and the Eastern Iowa lots are not far from the booth), my seat was warm through my coat. I turned the temperature to low before I got to I-380. I was not aware that the heat turned on and off as there is not signal.

    My minivan seats never get that warm and I don't feel the heat for about 10 minutes in the winter. (I used my heated seats in the summer, too. Great on the back.)

    Thanks for your question.

    Sincerely, Barbara

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    Saturday, August 2, 2008

    Which Assistive Hearing Device is Best with a Cochlear Implant or Hearing Aid?

    Question about the products SuperEar Powerful Hearing Amplifier Item Code ST-SE4000 and SuperEar Plus Deluxe Personal Sound Enhancer Item Code ST-SE7500.

    Q: "I need a hearing amplifier to increase television volume. I have a cochlear implant which is similar to a hearing aid. Right now my wife complains that I turn the volume up too high for her. Which product, the SE4000 or the SE7500 is better for my needs?"

    Answer: The SE4000 is an inexpensive hearing amplifier that is ADA compliant and uses a boom type microphone. The SE7500 has an internal mike, is ADA compliant and includes other features such as an automatic shut-off after 45 minutes, stereo ear buds and stereo headsets as well. Both have wired headsets. The disadvantages of these are that you'll hear background noises as well as the television sound.

    My suggestion: buy a TV Ears professional system. Yes, it is much more expensive than a simpler handheld device. You'll find this unit will meet your needs both at home and when you go to the symphony, rock concert, church or anywhere that is ADA equipped and operating on 95 kHz. When you get your new LCD or plasma TV, you can use the TV Ears Professional System 10241, too.

    You also need the TV-1024, the Neck Loop TVEars Pro Headset Accessory for T-Coiled Enabled Hearing Aids . The Neck Loop accessory enables TV Ears Pro headset to communicate with a T-coil enabled hearing aid via a 32 Ω (ohms) input with a 3.5mm plug. The Pro headset has an input and output jack in the headset.

    The TV Ears Pro television head set jack allows for the addition of many helpful accessories to the TV Ears unit. These accessories include a 6 foot audio cord, cell phone cord (Std. 2.5mm plug, voice cord (creates personal amplification system) with microphone, music cord (for MP3 and other music devices) that lets you use TV Ears like a standard headset) and a 6 foot extender cord plus a connection cord for the power stacker. The headset weighs under 2 ounces.

    Thank you for your question. If you need more information, please send us email or phone us.

    Sincerely,
    Barbara

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    Sunday, June 22, 2008

    Blood Pressure Monitors with Detachable Stethoscopes

    Question about the Product: Medic Palm Aneroid Sphygmomanometer Purple Rain, Product Code: : MDF-848XP-PR.

    Q: "Can the stethoscope be detached from the cuff?" -anna

    Answer: The Medic Palm aneroid sphygmomanometers do not come with the stethoscope included. You would need to purchase or use your own stethoscope. The MDF Palm Aneroid Sphygmomanometer is a 300 mm Hg portable instrument with Inflation Bulb and Valve integrated to the Gauge. This is a professional grade manual inflate blood pressure monitor designed for single hand use and totally latex free.

    Safe Home does sell another unit by MDF instruments that has an attached cuff. That is the MDF-808-PR. This unit has an attached single head stethoscope, providing home users with a true self-monitoring blood pressure unit. The Lumiscope 100-021 is a less expensive self taking blood pressure kit with an attached stethoscope. This unit is also used by medical professionals or those with training.

    Thanks again for your question.

    Sincerely, Barbara


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    What does the tone control operate on the GE Amplified Speaker Phone?

    Question about the product Product Code: =29579GE1 General Electric 29579GE1 Amplified Speaker Phone with Tone Control

    Q: " I have been reading about the tone control but I am not clear whether it controls the incoming message or the ringer." -Gerald

    Answer: The tone control lets you adjust the tone for the handset. Besides amplifying the ringer up to 90db, the GE 29579GE1 has handset boost up to 40db and exclusive graphic equalizers to customize the amplification for individual hearing loss. The 3.25 inch amber backlit LCD caller id has time/date. Tune the sound the same way you adjust the tuning knob on your radio to bring in a station as clearly as possible. There is a three-band tone graphic equalizer.

    This big button amplified phone from GE is recommended for those with moderate to severe hearing loss who may or may not use hearing aids There is also Braille on the keypad that improves dialing ease for people with visual impairments. Hearing aid compatible: complies with all Hearing Aid Compatible Standards. There is even a bed shaker feature supplied with ths phone.

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    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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    Using a Mail Box Mail Alert in a Curbside Brick Enclosure

    Question about the Product: Mail Box Mail Alert with Chime Model 1200 ,

    Q: "What about use with a mailbox mounted in curbside bricks as is common in suburbs?"

    Answer: We checked with Robert Hanna,the manufacturer. This is his response: "We have never had anyone tell us that the Model 1200 failed to work with mailboxes mounted inside a brick surrounding. It really is no difference between using the Mail Alert in this mounting and mounting it on the outside of a brick wall of a home."

    Thanks for your question. We hope it helps others, too.

    Sincerely, Barbara

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    Friday, June 20, 2008

    Which Blood Pressure Monitor for a Low Vision Person?

    Question about the product: Lumiscope 1100 Manual Inflate Blood Pressure Monitor.

    Q: "I am thinking about buying this unit for my mother who has low vision. So the display area has to be large. Can you tell me how large the numbers are on the display? Also the pumping bulb has to be easy to pump. Our doctor says the manual ones are most accurate."-LAURA

    Answer: The Lumiscope 1100 is a manual inflate blood pressure monitor with a digital read-out. This is called a semi-automatic blood pressure monitor because it requires inflation using a pump up bulb. Some people like being in control of the inflation level. The bulbs don't require a lot of force to inflate but have to be squeezed quickly many times to inflate above the person's anticipated blood pressure level. The bulbs last several years or more and then can be replaced for under $15 plus shipping.

    The newer blood pressure monitors made in the past 4 or 5 years all have features that limit the amount of inflation and/or learn how much inflation is needed based upon the last user's level.

    We do sell manual blood pressure monitors with or without attached stethoscopes. The manual blood pressure monitors used in physician's offices are professional models and are used by trained medical professionals. Taking your own blood pressure using a stethoscope and a manual blood pressure monitor takes practice and training. If you mom is well coordinated and has a teacher, she can learn to take blood pressure using a manual unit.

    Most manual units do not have large numbers on the display. If your mom has low vision, I suggest that you either choose a unit with a large display or choose one of the talking blood pressure monitors. The automatic units are quite accurate these days. If you use the monitor properly, which means the proper sized arm or wrist cuff and sitting in the proper position, the readings will be quite accurate.

    The Lumiscope 1145 automatic wrist blood pressure monitor and the Oregon Scientific BPW810 automatic wrist blood pressure monitor both feature multiple memories (60 per user or 120 total) and large numeric displays. If your physician wants a log of readings, your mom can display the readings along with the date and time when they were taken. Wrist units fit almost everyone unless they have a wrestler's size wrist or are extremely petite.

    The arm units all require that the arm be measured so that the proper arm cuff is ordered or that the person purchase a unit that either comes with several arm cuffs or has an arm cuff that fits small to large arms.

    So, please make sure you measure your mom's arm with a cloth or plastic tape measure before you purchase any arm blood pressure monitor. And do the same if her wrist is tiny or very large and you plan to buy a wrist cuff model.

    Hope this helps with your decision.

    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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    Monday, May 19, 2008

    What Size Protect-A-Bed Fits a 105 cm x 200 cm Mattress?

    Question about Protect-A-Bed mattress covers.

    Hello, I am interested in this kind of products. My bed is 105 cm by 200 cm. Do you offer any solution for this size? And to what price?"

    Answer: To answer your question, I first went to a website and converted the centimeters to inches. Your bed is 41.3 inches wide by 78.7 inches long. An twin extra long mattress is 38 Inches by 80 Inches by 12 Inches. If your mattress is not over 14 inches thick, this cover would fit. The waterproof protection would not cover the entire width of the mattress (short by 3.3 inches total or just over 1.5 inches on a side. The skirt on this bed stretches to fit over mattresses of various sizes so the cover would fit just fine.

    To see the current price, please click through on the blue "twin extra long".

    Thanks for your question. And for other customers in similar situations, please convert the centimeters to inches and then choose the size closest to the converted size in inches. If you have questions, please contact us prior to purchase.

    Sincerely,
    Barbara

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    Wednesday, July 25, 2007

    Buying Protect-A-Bed Covers

    Q: "Hi, I am interested in a Protect-a-Bed queen mattress cover and two queen pillow protectors. Do you have a package price with shipping to Orlando, FL 32825? Also are these unopened in the original packaging from a smoke and pet free home? Thank you for your consideration. J."

    Answer: J, Safe Home Products sells only new, unused Protect-A-Bed products. Our business is not home-based. Our offices and warehouse are located in Iowa City, Iowa. Our building is smoke-free and the warehouse is about 5 years old, dry and heated. We sell our mattress covers and pillow covers separately rather than in packages. However, shipping to your zip code is about $11 to $12 via United Parcel Service.

    Please contact us if you have additional questions. We also sell EnviroSept whole house air filter panels that fit a standard one-inch HVAC slot, the SolAire air purifier with two UV bulbs or two combination UV and ozone bulbs and room air purifiers that might help your allergies.

    Sincerely, Barbara

    Comments: Protect-A-Bed mattress covers are available for crib, twin, extra long twin, full, queen, king and California king mattresses. Pillow protectors are available in standard, queen and king sizes. New additions to the Protect-A-Bed line are the Aller-Zip mattress encasement bed bug proof covers for almost every mattress size made. The Protect-A-Bed sleep surface material is 80% cotton, 20% polyester terry cloth, i.e. the soft terry cloth top has polyester loops laminated to 100% polyurethane film. Covers are waterproof, absorbent, breathable and cool to sleep on while offering dust mite protection and protection from allergies such as mold, feathers, etc.

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    Sunday, June 13, 2004

    Ordering the Correct Size of Blood Pressure Cuff

    Q: "What do I need to do to be sure that I order the correct cuff size for a digital BP unit? How do I know what the unit comes with and what would also be available for me to order? I don't mind purchasing another cuff for the unit, I just want to get the correct size, i.e. I would need a small adult cuff for my mom and a regular adult cuff for my dad -- or would a pediatric cuff work as a small cuff? I hope you can help with my questions. Thank you Philomena"

    Answer: Choosing a blood pressure monitor can be a daunting task. In fact I wrote a guide for choosing a blood pressure monitor due to all the customer questions we were being asked.

    Currently, we sell blood pressure monitors from Lumiscope, Omron, Hyundai, Mabis, LifeSource, Panasonic, Hyundai, MDF, Forecare and Oregon Scientific. Some manufacturers offer adjustable cuffs that a range of arm sizes from say 7.5 to 12.2 inches or from 9 inches to 17 inches. Others sell cuffs sized small (7 to 9 inches), medium or standard(9 to 13 inches), large (13 to 17 inches) or extra large (17 to 20 inches for professional Omron 907 units).

    My suggestion: read the guide and use a dressmaker's measuring tape to measure the arms of your mom and your dad. Each brand and model of blood pressure monitor gives the arm or wrist circumferences that unit's cuff will fit.

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

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