The Evolution of Safe Trampoline Design

Trampolines are a great outdoor activity. They promote a fun and active lifestyle. However, if you pay attention to the news you can probably recall several incidents involving trampoline injury. Thousands of people are injured yearly. Sadly, there are no improvements to or advances in trampoline safety standards in the US. Trampoline designers have made a few sundry attempts to address this problem — traditionally by installing weak foam padding around the springs and frame that lost most of its absorbency after initial contact.

While they are fun to jump on, trampolines come with a list of possible injuries and even the risk of death. According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, accidental deaths on trampolines can occur by:

  • Bouncing into another person
  • Not properly landing while jumping or doing stunts
  • Falling or jumping off of the trampoline
  • Falling on the springs or frame of the trampoline

Indeed, from 2000-2009, there were 22 deaths in the US resulting from these types of occurrences.  There have been so few trampoline safety improvements over the years that when one finally came along, people took notice. Based on the designs of a mechanical engineer and proactive parent from New Zealand, Springfree Trampoline introduced a series of design improvements that have completely changed the game.

One interesting and unique improvement is the SoftEdge mat. This innovative mat absorbs 30 times the amount of shock than traditional trampoline pads. Combine this with the removal of the springs from the trampoline equation and the concealment of the frame beneath the surface, and suddenly you’ve removed 90% of product-related injury. This is why the hidden frame approach works the best — and only Springfree uses this approach. This method eliminates the need for springs.  It also reduces the potential threat of jumpers coming into contact with the frame. This means that when you buy a 10ft trampoline at Springfree Trampoline you are interacting with composite rods beneath the mat, rather than dangerous springs on a horizontal plane with the mat. This makes the experience safer than ever before.

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In 2006, 80 percent of trampolines came with safety nets. While this helped to reduce the injuries resulting from falling to the ground, new dangers were created due to the risk of colliding with the support bars of the net. This is why Springfree has introduced the FlexiNet enclosure — which uses pliable composite rods in place of rigid steel poles which help to guide bouncers safely back to the mat. These poles are curved outwards and act as a guiding mechanism instead of a potential threat.

After safety concerns, your next question should concern quality manufacturing. If you are searching for safe trampoline alternative for you family, you don’t want to have to replace it every year. Every quality piece of athletic equipment needs to be made with highest quality materials where each component is thoroughly tested on-site for quality assurance. Quality trampoline parts will also be able to withstand the hot summers and wet winters, without losing any structural integrity. Make sure to find a company with a weather resistant guarantee to ensure that you aren’t buying another trampoline in a few short years. Follow these steps, and you’re sure to find the right trampoline for your backyard in no time.

How to Clean Your Cowhide Rugs

Cowhide rugs are one of the best purchases you can make for your home. These rugs make a statement about your taste in any room they are placed in. The beautiful look of these rugs is sure to be an eye-catching accessory that will give your home the hint of luxury you have been searching for. Cowhide rugs keep their coloring for a very long time as well, as they are not as likely to fade as rugs made from textiles. The vast array of colors and designs available mean that just about anyone can find a rug that suits the décor of their home or apartment, depending on the effect desired. From rugs with neutral tones like brown or red to the more striking zebra print rugs, people who want to bring life to a room can easily do so with cowhide rugs.

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There are a couple of things to note about keeping your cowhide rug clean. First, it is important to know that cowhide rugs are one of the easiest rugs to maintain that you can buy. Because they are made of truly natural materials, it is difficult for them to gather dust and debris, so you will not find that the rugs become dirty or in need of cleaning very often. If you discover that your cowhide rug has gathered a significant amount of dust, all you need to do is shake the rug out to remove the accumulation of debris. Because of this ease with which you can maintain the rug and keep it from becoming too dirty, these rugs are ideal for placing in areas of the home or apartment where there is a lot of foot traffic. If you happen to spill something on your cowhide rug, there is an easy way to take care of it. Just apply some warm water to the rug and gently rub away the spot with a soft cloth. Because of the way cowhide is treated before turning it into a floor covering, it does not have the same vulnerability that other kinds of rugs do, so these rugs are likely to last for a very long time. Cowhide rugs can also be placed on couches or chairs as decorative throws or hung on the wall to enhance the aesthetic in any room. No matter what you choose to use your cowhide rug for, you can rest assured maintenance of these items is simple and trouble-free.

Anyone who has problems with allergies will benefit from cowhide rugs in the home. The reason is that harmful bacteria are not attracted to the cowhide rug and the oils that are found in the hides are hypoallergenic. Unlike rugs made from textiles, it is quite difficult for cowhide rugs to become moldy because they tend to repel the absorption of liquids that could lead to the development of mildew.

The real cowhide rugs are preferable to any facsimiles you can buy. These facsimiles are usually inferior to the real cowhide rugs in terms of their durability. The cost is very often comparable when looking at real cowhide rugs versus imitations, so it makes sense to go for the real thing when looking to decorate your home.

If you’re decorating a new home or apartment, need to replace an old textile rug or simply want a way to jazz up a room with a new look, a cowhide rug can be the perfect item to purchase. The easy maintenance, affordability, beauty and style of these rugs make them an attractive décor item, as does their safety for people with allergies and their resilience. Cowhide rugs are increasing in popularity among homeowners because they truly are an ideal addition to any home. To view a wide selection of cowhide rugs click here.

#1MCleanToilets to Prevent 443 Million Missed School Days

It’s Friday the 13th tomorrow and while the superstitious anxiously dread that day, a lot of us are looking forward to it. Well, not just any Friday the 13th, I’m talking specifically about tomorrow, November 13.

What’s so special about it? November 13 is the World Toilet Day. Yes, there is such an event. Lest you think it’s a nonsensical one that is the center of butt jokes, World Toilet Day is for a noble cause. It is part of an advocacy program that aims to improve toilet sanitation.

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Why the big deal about toilet sanitation, you may ask. Well, according to a study conducted by the World Health Organization (WHO), children around the world miss an estimated 443 million school days each year because of diseases caused by poor sanitation and hygiene practices, including using unsanitary toilets. Yes, 443 million school days MISSED – EACH YEAR! That’s about one month of empty grade school and high school classrooms in the Philippines!!! So, yes, toilet sanitation IS a big deal.

Every day, millions of children in rural communities and urban households nationwide are exposed to disease-carrying germs that inhabit dirty toilets. These germs can cause diarrheal diseases and parasitic worm infections which leads to nutritional deficiencies, physical and mental stunting, and even death.

For the past three years, Unilever Philippines through its germ-kill expert brand Domex, has been working with UNICEF and PPHA to champion the One Million Clean Toilets Movement. Through this advocacy, Filipino families can be educated on proper toilet hygiene and the importance of sanitized household toilets. We stress the word SANITIZE because not all clean toilets are free from germs and bacteria. It is essential for everyone to know that proper cleaning materials with effective germ-kill action must be used to clean toilets to ensure our family’s health.

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So, tomorrow, November 13, join us in the One Million Clean Toilets Movement! Together, let’s join the fight against disease causing germs to save lives, one clean toilet at a time. Help spread awareness on the sanitation issue caused by unsanitary toilets by watching and sharing the “Sick Days” video. Don’t forget to use the hashtags #1MCleanToilets and #WorldToiletDay2015 when you share the video. 🙂

To learn more about Domex and how you can stay safe from diseases with a germ-free home, visit Domex Philippines on Facebook.

 

Give Your Pooch the Royal Treatment

Your dog is more than a pet. You’re talking about your best friend. When you get home from a long day, your furry pal is waiting for you, loyal through and through. There’s a reason that a dog is called man’s best friend. When you need someone who will stand by you through thick and through thin, your dog is at the top of the list. When you want to do something for your beloved companion, Bisket Baskets is here to help you to roll out the red carpet for you pup. Dog Christmas gift baskets are just the thing with the holidays around the corner.

Start Planning Now for Your Puppy

Whether you have one dog or a house that is filled to the brim, you’ll want Christmas to be paw perfect. Turn to Bisket Baskets when you really want to spoil your four-legged friend. This is your chance to pull out the stops with gourmet dog treats that are beautifully packaged to give your dog plenty of pleasure. Your pup will feel appreciated when Bisket Baskets show up at your door.

It’s Better to Give than to Receive

Your dog has given you so much and you can’t put a price tag on love. When you want to give back to your companion and show how much you care, Bisket Baskets is here with a wide assortment of baskets. Personalize your selection and make your puppy feel special. With so many choices, it will be hard to decide which basket is coming home for Christmas.

Celebrate All Year Long

You do not have to stop during the holidays. You can shop at any time throughout the year at Bisket Baskets. Treat your dog when it’s his or her birthday. Order a basket just because. Share the love with family or friends. A dog doesn’t need much. Your love and your time are what matter most to your furry friend. You’ll warm your pet’s heart and make your dog feel the love when you bring Bisket Baskets into your home. Enjoy watching your pooch light up when you open those gourmet treats.

Now is your chance to do something special for the pet that means the world to you. A gift basket from Bisket Baskets is a simple way to show your dog how much you care.

Image by Theeradech Sanin / FreeDigitalPhotos.net

Image by Theeradech Sanin / FreeDigitalPhotos.net

Top Ways to Improve Home Security in the Philippines

Securing your property in the Philippines is vital for protecting your valuables. Doing it right will certainly ensure peace of mind among its inhabitants. There are a variety of steps you can take to improve home security, many of which are extremely affordable. To find out more, take a look at the tips below:

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Image by Stuart Miles / FreeDigitalPhotos.net

Don’t Advertise an Empty Home

While you’re away, it’s important not to advertise this fact to potential burglars. Installing shades on doors and windows is a wise choice, so that no one can see clearly into your home. Alert your neighbors if you will be away for a while and kindly ask them to send updates if something’s not right. If you have deliveries and mail, arrange to have them sent to your neighbors to avoid building up a pile on your doorstep. This could advertise an unguarded home to thieves.

Create the illusion that someone is home

At the same time as not advertising a vacant home, you could create the illusion that it is occupied. Modern electronics nowadays can remotely turn devices on and off at specific times, such as lights, TVs and radios, offering a convincing way to trick passing people into thinking that someone is home.

For those with a second car, leaving it in the drive is an effective way to discourage burglars. You could also rent your drive out to people looking for prime parking spots on real estate in the Philippines while you’re away, especially if you live near a city. This is a win-win situation for involved parties.

Improve Your Home’s Physical Security

Most burglars will often spend only up to a minute testing the strength of a home’s physical security, so taking steps to improve this aspect will thwart the majority of thieves. This includes upgrading locks with strong deadbolts, installing pins in sash windows and putting bars on windows.

Modern technology also offers a choice of sophisticated camera systems that should ideally be installed in front and rear doors. IP cameras, for instance, can connect to Wi-Fi and be viewed on devices while away. Motion detectors can also provide instant and accurate alerts when windows and doors are opened.

Further Visual Deterrents

Other effective visual deterrents to consider include motion-sensitive lights that illuminate front and back gardens. Not only do they create a doubt in the mind of someone wanting to steal, but also reduce the hiding spots in the property.

Additionally, putting up signs such as home security decals and dog warnings can provide effective displays to passersby. You don’t necessarily have to purchase a home security plan, so this is a particularly cost-effective way to improve your home’s security. However, getting a dog might be necessary to protect your property from strangers. Just get the help of neighbors with regards to its feeding time.