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Remote-Controlled Smoke & Fire Alarm

There are two very dangerous things we do with smoke detectors:

We stand on something to fan them when they go off for no reason.

We take out the battery because we're annoyed with them going off for no reason. At my last house the builder, in his infinite wisdom, decided to put a smoke and fire alarm in our kitchen within five feet of our oven. Everytime we broiled something in the oven the fire alarm would sound which annoyed my wife and I to no end. We really could have used the Remote-Controlled Smoke & Fire Alarm so we could use a remote to silence the fire alarm rather than stand on a chair and wave a towel in front of the alarm to disperse the "smoke". Simply use the VOLUME or CHANNEL buttons on any infrared remote control to test or silence the smoke alarm from up to 20 feet away. It works with virtually any infrared remote control, regardless of the make or model, no special programming is needed! This false-alarm-resistant smoke detector combines photoelec…

KidSmart Vocal Smoke Alarm

This is a great idea for families with smaller children in the horrible case that you have a house fire. The Vocal Smoke Alarm allows you to record your child's name as well as using the standard alarm tone and bright light flashes sending out three different triggers. In addition to your child's name you can issue instructions about leaving the house and gathering outside in the event of a fire as well as standard safety messages. The KidSmart Vocal Smoke Alarm lets you record a message specific to your child. While a child might sleep through a high-pitched alarm, hearing his own name spoken loudly by his parent is a more likely trigger to awaken him. Since the Vocal Smoke Alarm includes an alarm tone, a vocal message, and a bright light ring that illuminates during drills and in case of an alarm, your child is three times more likely to respond. Recording your message is easy on the Vocal Smoke Alarm. In addition to repeating your child's name, you can issue instruct…

Meeting a blind person with a guide dog

Guide Dogs are considered to be "on duty" when wearing their harnesses. It is a natural impulse for most people to want to stop and pet a guide dog, but the dog should not be petted or disrupted while working. An attempt to pet a guide dog in harness can distract the dog from its job, placing the owner's safety in jeopardy. When a guide dog is out of its harness, permission should always be asked before reaching to touch or pet a guide dog. Do not offer food or treats to a guide dog. This can be distracting, and handlers carefully monitor their dog's diet. A guide dog is able to do its job most efficiently when a recommended diet is followed. Calling out the dog's name or making distracting noises can break a guide dog's concentration and ability to work. Guide dogs are friendly and they will want to respond to the attention you are giving them, but please remember: They are working as a blind person's eyes. A person using a guide dog wants to be trea…

Lighted Message Board

How many of you remember the Light Bright? You know, the black paper that would go against a screen and all the little pegs of different colors that you could punch through the paper and make cool pictures? Here's a way to have a more high-tech Light Bright, not using pegs, but a pen to write messages, draw pictures, do math problems, whatever you can imagine. Here are some of its features. Write on the screen of this funky acrylic notice board with one of the 2 special pens provided, then switch on the LED lights. Select single color or multi-color mode, with changing or blinking lights. Hangs on wall like a picture. 12¼" x 9½" x ?" (31 x 24 x 1.6cm). 3 AAA batteries or electric adapter, not included.

Click this link to purchase the Lighted Message Board from Expert Verdict.

Eye Digest: A Resource for Age related Eye Diseases

Do you suffer from an eye related disorder? If you don't, more than likely someone that you know and love does. Whether it be the development and or worsening of near sightedness or far sightedness; or more serious conditions that develop, due possibly to genetics, health disorders like diabetes, or even those caused by medications that we must take for other disorders, there's a good chance that many of us will suffer the affects of the aging eye. I wanted to take a moment to tell you about a great resource called The Eye Digest. This is a publication created by the University of Illinois Eye & Ear Infirmary and it contains a wealth of information about the effects of the aging eye and serious disorders that may affect your vision as you age. All of the articles that you'll find within the Eye Digest are in depth and well researched. Along with full discussions of major eye disorders, you'll see that there's a section called Vision Basics where you'll f…

Braille and Large Type knitting patterns from Lion Brand

Did you know that many companies now print knitting patterns in a large type format for people who are visually impaired, and in Braille, for those who are blind? It makes sense, especially as many knitters will know, your sight is not necessarily the main sense used when knitting, which is what makes it a great social craft. Lion Brand have been producing their patterns in large print or Braille since the beginning of 2006. They have also added colour descriptions to all their yarns, and added special features to their online patterns and directories to make them easier to navigate with a screen reader.

Click this link to visit the Lion Brand Yarn Company at http://www.lionbrand.com.

Unsealing An Envelope

Have you ever sealed an envelope only to realize that you forgot something, such as signing a check or including a rebate form? Normally you would have to open it and throw the used envelope away, right? Well here is a handy trick that you can use to save that envelope. Put it into the freezer for a few hours. Take it out and then run a knife under the flap. It should pop open very easily. The glue will still be good, so you can seal it right back up again. This will also work with new envelopes that might have become accidentally sealed by humidity.

Rain is so inaccessible!

The following article was posted by Jemma Brown on the Ouch weblog in December, 2007. I thought about what the author has to say, and I must agree with her, rain truly is inaccessible. It's true it really is! See today has highlighted all the issues I have with the wet stuff, its been raining pretty much all day; ranging from thin drizzle that's slightly pathetic but still manages to soak you right through, to really heavy fat rain that just pelts down on you. Lets start with the blatantly obvious, everything is wet therefore slippery for someone with a condition that affects there balance the chances of falling over are very high. What's worse still is that if you fall over in the rain not only do you get the standard 'ouch that hurt' (or expletive) but you also get the 'great now I'm soaking wet' effect. There are also more outside risks; manhole covers are very slippery when wet. The thing is that the slipperyness does not just apply to being ou…