Fire Safety: Angel Safe Emergency Child Carrier

Two photos of the 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 baby’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.

Comments

8 Responses to “Fire Safety: Angel Safe Emergency Child Carrier”

  1. Tiffany says:

    Our local school district has an early childhood center we visited routinely for enrichment- and on Thursday they had a fire truck and the fire fighters to do fire safety. Re. your comment that the kids are scared by the fire gear- they talked the whole group through how they put it on and asked them all to come up and touch it. Amazing how many kids (ages birth- 5 years) were afraid- but watching the process and other kids touching seemed to get most of them involved and more comfortable with the fire gear. My son was most interested in the SCBA tank- it figures…

    October 27th, 2008 at 7:49 am

  2. David says:

    This is insane, I expected it to be some kind of hard fireproof pod backpack like a Megalopolis Aero Hard Shell that you could put a child in with an hour of canned air. Now that would actually protect a child as you tried to make an escape. This on the other hand is a colossal waste of time, I’m sure I could be out of my house with my child under my arm long before I could get him strapped into a carrier. I’ve got to know how much they paid to get the US Fire Administration to make that suggestion. However, now that I’m thinking about it maybe I should buy a firefighter suit 1 size too big and keep it by the bed so that I can pull it on, zip my boy inside and skip through the flames.

    October 27th, 2008 at 9:10 am

  3. Amber says:

    I don’t think the concept is a bad one. Provided the contraption is easy and fast to slip on (and the baby is easy to slip in and tighten). You could toss a blanket over the kid’s head to protect a bit from the heat, and I’m sure it would make stumbling around in smoke easier with both hands free. Furthermore, if you had to escape out the window via a ladder (or even without a ladder) having baby strapped in would make things a lot easier, I’ll bet.

    I would think if you were used to using a specific kind of carrier, you could just buy another one and keep it under the crib. Then you wouldn’t fumble so much in the dark with an unfamiliar contraption.

    October 27th, 2008 at 10:18 am

  4. RobMonroe says:

    I love our carrier more than 98% of the other child-related tools that we have. That being said, I would not put out the extra $100 to have a “spare” just in case.

    I can not find a price for this, but imagine that we would not have use for it. Even if I have to run through fire to get out, I’m getting out and my child will be safe.

    Our bedrooms are on the main floor, though, and we live in a very highly populated area. If a fire breaks out in our house, people will know quickly. Maybe the niche market for this product would be more suited for others.

    October 27th, 2008 at 11:22 am

  5. Marybeth says:

    That’s pretty crazy! It literally takes me at least five minutes to get the BabyBjorn on and get baby into it. I think that time might be better spent, um, getting out of the house!

    October 27th, 2008 at 11:28 am

  6. Amber says:

    @Rob:

    ha. Well, we used a $30 dollar carrier, which is much less of a hardship for spare-buyin’. ;)

    October 29th, 2008 at 9:15 pm

  7. carrie Livengood says:

    get a real carrier that takes 30 seconds to put on like a beco, or ergo.

    March 26th, 2009 at 9:31 pm

  8. Jess says:

    i gotta say….. this is a waste of money. I have many many different baby carriers at my house, all of which i am intimately familiar with using. It takes me maybe 30 seconds to strap my baby into my mei tai, AND i can use it with my 36 lb daughter. This only goes up to 26lbs. What about babies over that weight limit?? and what about if you NEVER have used it before, it will take you more time than you have to get it open, read the instructions, get baby in, and find the exit. Use a carrier you are familiar with, practice with it until you are quick putting it on, and store by your escape ladder.

    March 27th, 2009 at 10:42 am

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