The Shield Finger Guard
June 25, 2005 Babyproofing a home is not something you want to do half-heartedly as the consequences of an incomplete job can be too dreadful to think about. In most cases, this device fits into the extreme end of babyproofing, though there are some doors that seem to catch the draft and slam with a vengeance – doors for which the Shield Finger Guard is an ideal foil. The Shield Finger Guard offers an easy, inexpensive way to protect tiny fingers and hands from one of the most common accidents that occur at home.
The Shield Finger Guard is a one-piece construction, which is easy to install with no tools required! The device attaches to the door's angular form with a pre-applied double-sided foam-tape. Doors continue to open and close freely. The Shield Finger Guard is available in two versions: one with excellent adhesion that can be cleanly removed for use in homes; and one with a permanent bond for institutions such as schools, daycare centers, hotels and any public building. There’s a new improved model that comes folded at the compact size of 10" and unfolds to 39", half the height of an average door. Two Shield Finger Guard's will cover a whole door.
The Shield retails for only US$9.99 - inexpensive enough so all doors in every house, school and pre-school with toddlers can be childproofed cost efficiently.
The United States Consumer Product Safety Commission reports that there are over 115,000 finger, hand and wrist injuries involving doors treated in emergency rooms per year; nearly 45,000 of those injuries involve children under the age of 14.
Made in the USA, The Shield is available from members of the International Association of Baby Safety, the Shield, Safe Beginnings, One Step Ahead and Gracious Home in Manhattan.
About the Author
Mike grew up thinking he would become a mathematician, accidentally started motorcycle racing, got a job writing road tests for a motorcycle magazine while at university, and became a writer. As a travelling photojournalist during his early career, his work was published in a dozen languages across 20+ countries. He went on to edit or manage over 50 print publications, with target audiences ranging from pensioners to plumbers, many different sports, many car and motorcycle magazines, with many more in the fields of communication - narrow subject magazines on topics such as advertising, marketing, visual communications, design, presentation and direct marketing. Then came the internet and Mike managed internet projects for Australia's largest multimedia company, Telstra.com.au (Australia's largest Telco), Seek.com.au (Australia's largest employment site), top100.com.au, hitwise.com, and a dozen other internet start-ups before founding Gizmag in 2002. Now he writes and thinks.
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I\'m looking forward to all automotive swing metal, trunks & car doors with very big soft gaskets to close those cracks aerodynamically, and to protect people\'s hands from harm--all while looking good!
Then apply some automotive technology to our homes, too, like big gaskets on doors, keys that lock and unlock remotely (using the same key fob), automatic lights, and room computers to monitor baby etc. and in the kitchen to suggest recipes (linking our grocery store purchases/inventory), to talk to us with menu suggestions as we prepare food (telling us how to work the old microwave, etc.), to interact with us and all our appliances. For instance, when will stoves learn to turn themselves off to prevent pans burning up and fire hazards? Kitchen computers haven\'t caught on because our hands are dirty and they don\'t know what all the appliances are doing anyway. (It should remember our favorites, it should remember our last few meals to give variety if requested.) I want a room thermostat that learns our habits and offers suggestions for energy efficiency, a cabinet-high chest-type fridge that adjusts to optimize refrigeration. Everything should let me explain what I want it to do, not stuff that is difficult to understand.
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