Fire and Safety Essentials: The Latest In Home Detectors
New products are continually being researched and produced to better protect families in their homes. These products, featured this website have been recognized for improving safety in the home and preventing common household injuries. The best part is that these products do not require fancy or “smart” technology and computers.
- With the Kidde Model 1276E Smoke Alarm, the Colnbrook, United Kingdom company has taken a simple safety device and made it even simpler to operate when it comes to periodically changing the battery. Instead of the neck-wrenching and back-twisting process of prying open or removing a smoke alarm’s battery cover to replace the battery — a big reason many households don’t bother — Kidde’s smoke alarm houses the battery in a flip down compartment that easily opens and closes, allowing anyone to slide the old battery out and ease the new one in — practically blindfolded.
- Another non-U.S. company, Northern International, Inc. of Burnaby, British Columbia offers, in a variety of battery-powered light emitting diode (LED) fixtures, a Flameless Candle that duplicates the glow and random flicker of wax candles, without the danger of an open flame.
- From Maumee, OH, Therma-Tru has come through just in time for hurricane season with a residential entry door system engineered with hurricane force wind resistance that far exceeds building code requirements. Not just high-wind resistance portal slabs, the doors are molded of impact-resistant fiberglass to simulate the look, texture and feel of natural red oak grain. They are crafted to fit any architectural decor and add the value of curb appeal along with a safety upgrade.
- Larson Manufacturing, another door maker, this one from Brookings, SD, offers SecureElegance, a special new line of glass security storm doors equipped with a plastic interlayer sandwiched between two panes of glass. The invisible interlayer gives the door more appeal than security bars, but makes the door more resistant to blows from blunt objects including crow bars, baseball bats and even sledgehammers. Similar to the glass found in cars’ front windshields, the glass doors may crack upon severe impact, but remain in the frames to provide continued protection from repeated blows. The glass doors also block 99 percent of ultra violet rays and provide sound and weather insulation properties.
- One of the better known companies among those to be awarded, High Point, NC’s Levolor, eliminated the danger associated with even Consumer Product Safety Commission recommended window blind and shade cords by creating size-in-store, non-motorized cordless blinds and shades. A simple push or pull on the bottom bar and a spring motor raises or lowers the window coverings.
- A plus for those living in earthquake country, BrassCraft’s Safety PLUS magnet-based gas shut off valve is a fitting that reacts to a gas line rupture between the fitting and the appliance. The device stops the flow of all but a very small, predetermined and safe amount of gas, called the “bypass flow,” designed to be used to reset the device automatically. Only after the line is repaired can the valve be reset to resume protection.
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