Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Summer Family Outdoor Health and Safety Gear

I have the pleasure of returning to KARZ 42 for Arkansas Matters tomorrow, Thursday, June 30 in the 7:00 hour. This is a listing of the items that will be featured on the show. Readers of CrAzY Working Mom are getting a sneak peak. Tune in tomorrow (or set your DVRs) to catch the segment.

Safety Turtle - The Safety Turtle Wireless Wristband Alarm is an ingenious combination of wireless signal-outfitted wristband and a wireless base station receiver that sounds an alarm the instant a child falls or ventures into water. The base station can be positioned anywhere between pool/waterside and 200 feet away.

Since we have an above ground pool, the child immersion alarm was something that really piqued my interest. My 2 year old has climbed the ladder to the pool before, but never gotten in without supervision. I think as parents, we always think that our children are always well protected and supervised but the truth is that drowning is one of the top 5 accidental deaths in the US.

There is also a pet immersion alarm. There are breeds of dogs that cannot swim. Bassett Hounds and English Bulldogs, dogs with short legs aren't built for swimming and generally have a hard time doing so. If they were to fall into deep water, they might not be able to get out. By putting the safety turtle on their collar, it could potentially save their life.

The turtle has to be completely submerged in water, so it will not alarm if it gets wet from rain, sprinkling systems, or the likes. For more information on this system, you can click the link at the top.  This item retails from $235 (depending on model desired).
ThermaCELL Outdoor Insect-Repellent Lantern - The best option for repelling mosquitoes and other insects in any outdoor setting. The Patio Lantern is both a powerful insect repellent device and a functional and portable, long-lasting outdoor LED lantern, with both functions being usable separately or together. Providing a 15x15 ft mosquito-free zone, it is 98% effective (tested and used by the Department of Defense and the United States Army), making it the most effective insect repellent device on the market. It is also non-toxic, safe and non-intrusive, being DEET-free, silent, portable and odor free. Weighs only 13 ounces.

Since my husband is an avid hunter, he introduced me to the ThermaCELL line of products including the Mosquito Repelling Appliance and the Outdoor Lantern.  This product is very effective and repels 98% of black flies, mosquitoes, and no-see-ums.  There is no hot wax, open flames, or greasy, stinky DEET based products to apply to your body.  The great thing about this repellent is that it doubles as a lantern and that you can use each function together or separately!  It is battery operated and has low and high illumination settings.  It is a great product and available at most retailers.  This product is only 13 ounces and retails for $31.99.

At the park, beach, pool or campsite, the SKLZ Sport-Brella gives you instant protection from the sun, rain, and wind with its domed shape, side flaps and 125 SPF. Its umbrella action open mechanism allows it to be set up in just three seconds and fits the whole family. Includes top wind vents, side zippered windows for efficient airflow and additional visibility, internal pockets for gear and valuables, convenient carry bag and tethers/ground stakes for use when necessary for additional stability. Retails for $69.99.

This is an awesome product!  It is easily transported with the carry bag.  Although it's longer than your typical camping chair, it carries just as easily.  You can fit two collapsible camping chairs and a small table under this umbrella.  It can be used at sporting events as well as camping.  The stakes are awesome if using on a windy day.  We also like the zippered windows so that you can let air flow through on those hot summer days.

The Sport-Brella Chair - This is the ultimate chair for any outdoor setting. It is a portable fold-up sport chair, but unlike other fold-out sport chairs, it has an attached 360 degree swivel umbrella which can be moved from one side of the chair to the other and can be swiveled at 3 different points at the push of a button to offer complete coverage from the sun and wind at any conceivable angle. The umbrella opens out to 46 inches wide and has a UPF 50+ lining for maximum sun protection. The Sport-Brella Chair also has a built-in cup holder, bottle opener and item pouch. Folds down instantly and fits into a compact carry bag. $39.99

This chair is the bomb-diggity!!!   It is pretty stinkin' awesome!  The only thing I regret about this chair is that we just finished up our baseball season.  I can guarantee that next year this chair will be at the ball fields every time I am! Not only is the chair easily transported in a carry bag, has lots of pouches, cup holders, and the likes, but it also has an extra lumbar support in the back.  This spoke volumes to me!!  I find those camping type chairs to be generally not so comfortable, but this chair is somewhat over sized and the lumbar support is very comfortable.  There is also a low-profile beach type chair with the same features. 
Peekaru Ozone - Parents can take their baby out in the sunshine without worrying about sun damage or having to apply chemical sunscreens. The Peekaru Ozone is a uniquely breathable and lightweight baby carrier sun cover that attaches securely over any soft baby carrier, keeping baby shaded and cool. Can also be attached to any standard car seat or stroller. The super soft, moisture-wicking fabric blocks 95% of the sun's UVA and UVB rays while keeping baby cool and comfortable. Fits babies from birth through two years with an adjustable bottom that easily and securely cinches up for use with small babies, and lets out to accommodate babies' legs as they grow. $44.95.

Since I no longer have a baby, this is not much of an issue with me these days.  I do have a toddler, however and she's been known to fall asleep in all sorts of crazy times and positions so this could potentially be handy should she fall asleep on the beach or at the pool and we aren't able to apply sunscreens on her.

The AquaJogger Junior  - A  fantastic in-water device that allows kids to learn to swim, play water games and have fitness fun. The Aquajogger Junior is worn like a belt and comfortably suspends the child wearing it at shoulder level in deep water allowing her/him to breathe normally and move freely while performing a wide variety of water activities. Contoured to fit a child's body, and both fully adjustible and secure, the Aquajogger Junior is easy to use and comfortable. Also available for older children are in-water exercise tools, like dumbbells and leg weights. Includes a Splash Club Handbook featuring water games, swimming tips, and safety information. For ages 3 and up. $24.95.

3 comments, add yours here:

Sandee said...

I want that lantern. I'm going to get one too. How cool. Didn't even know such a thing existed. Thanks.

Have a terrific day. :)

Willy said...

lots of cool electronic safety products.

10-4 Willy

Crazy Working Mom said...

Sandee we LOVE the lantern. We have several of them since we live in "skeeter country"!!

Willie, I concur!! :)