Monday, October 27th, 2008
Fire Safety: Angel Safe Emergency Child Carrier
The Angel Safe Emergency Child Carrier by Midwest Monkeys is a baby carrier for home emergencies.
The Big Idea is, you store this carrier in your baby’s room, wait for a fire to break out, grab and drop your baby into the carrier and then make a hasty exit.
I scoffed at the idea of having a carrier only for fires, but found somewhat supporting advice from the US Fire Administration. It advises:
“Keep a baby harness by the crib in case of emergencies. The harness, worn like a body brace, allows you to comfortably carry your baby and leave your hands free to escape the home.”
Wow, so how is this carrier different from a regular one? Here are the claims:
- Simple, one-handed adjustment and bucket seat.
- Shoulder harness and head support
- Diagram instructions printed on the carrier
- Reflectors, built in LED flashlight and whistle
- Rolls up and you hang in your baby’s room with Velcro tether
- Flame resistant nylon for babies 7 to 26 lbs.
My skeptical side wonders how quickly a parent can get the carrier on and their baby seated. How much faster and simpler is the Angel Safe over a traditional carrier? This product is just screaming to be explained with a Youtube video.
An industrial designer who analyzed an early version of the carrier has an online portfolio with imagery of that prototype and suggested improvements. The bucket seat and user diagrams do look exceedingly easy even for someone who despises carriers.
Meanwhile, for baby-carrying parents, wouldn’t it be safer to use a carrier you are intimately familiar with from daily use? On the flip side, could you get used to consistently storing your favorite carrier in your baby’s room?
And now, a Thinga-public service announcement… a few more baby-safe fire tips from the US Fire Administration. Check ‘em out on this PDF brochure.
- If you keep the door of your babyâ€™s bedroom closed, keep a working smoke alarm in the room and use a baby monitor so you can hear if the alarm sounds.
- If a hallway fire occurs, a closed door will hinder smoke from overpowering your baby or toddler, giving firefighters extra time for rescue. [This advice goes for all bedrooms. Oddly though, I've never seen a home that had more than just a single smoke alarm in a hallway leading to bedrooms.]
- When your children are ready, familiarize them with the sound of the smoke alarm.
- Children as young as 3 can follow a fire escape plan that they have practiced often.
- Keep exits clear of debris and toys.
- Teach toddlers not to hide from firefighters. Uniforms can be scary in times of crisis. Teach children that firefighters are there to help in an emergency.
We take our 4-year-old daughter to an open house held by a local fire station every year. This last time, a firefighter I know tipped me that kids love firefighters when they visit schools in their uniforms, but are scared of firefighters when seen in their actual fire gear.
So, whenever or however possible, expose your toddlers to firefighters in full gear. In our town, there are ‘fireman musters’ (public comepetitions between fire departments) several times a year and an open house every autumn with chances to meet the folks in both plain clothes and fully outfitted.