Home Safety

Saver could be a lifesaver if a fire starts in your home

editors-choiceMany consumers classify the smoke detector as a must-have product for their homes. But just because a smoke detector goes off and everybody hears it doesn’t necessarily mean that they will be able to get out of their homes before inhaling smoke, which is the cause of death in many home fires.

patent-claimedThe Saver Emergency Breath System is a small, personal device that enables users to breathe clean air in the event of a fire. The device can be activated in less than five seconds, according to its Indiegogo campaign. It was designed with a triple filter system that its maker says removes toxic gases for up to five minutes.

Each Saver costs $69. For another $30, consumers can opt for a version that includes a flashlight to help see through smoke and a built-in alarm for others to know where the person wearing it is. Each will ship in July. Saver’s maker is hoping to raise $50,000 by June 26.

It’s hard to tell from the campaign video exactly how simple it is to operate a Saver. It could be too hard for some people, especially young kids, to operate it, especially when they are frightened as a fire is raging near them. In that case, the airline rule of having adults put on their own device before equipping others would likely prevail. But certainly such a device will come in handy for many consumers and could indeed be a lifesaver for at least some of those people if it indeed works as effectively as its maker claims.


Home Nutrition/Hydration

Oasis Water Tanks can hide under your bed, behind couch

When a natural disaster such as a severe storm or blizzard are reported as brewing, water is one of the first things that flies off the shelves in a grocery store. Most people who know about emergency preparedness recommend having at least one gallon of water per day per person available. If one has a family, one of the best ways to do that is with a water tank such as Oasis Water Tanks. This product is touted as only needing five inches of storage space, but it holds 20 gallons of water. Recommended places to put this tank include behind a couch or under a bed.

Hopefully, the thing will never spring a leak. Maybe a garage or basement that has a built in storm drain might be a better option. Interested backers might also be interested in the Kalipak, Recon 6 Watch, Survivor Signal Rescue Panel, and Rhino Laces campaigns.  This campaign seeks to raise $15,000. Early bird backers get one product for $100 with an expected delivery of February 2015.


Survivor Signal Rescue Panel shows it’s safe to be square

SSR PanelFor those who enjoy the great outdoors, or who just find peace of mind in emergency preparedness, the Survivor Signal Rescue Panel (SSR) will make a nice addition to their supplies.  The 26” x 26” square is high-visibility orange on one side, and water resistant mylar on the other. It can be used to help prevent hypothermia or sun poisoning, and also functions as a signaling panel during the day, as well as at night when a flashlight shines through it to name just a few features. For $40, backers get one product with an expected delivery of August 2014.