BY JOE MARVILLI
While home improvement company Major Homes has the logo of “4 Generations of Great Renovations,” its president, Mitch Kersch, is also making a move into the field of innovation.
Forever Safe ‘N’ Sound is a safety device meant to prevent children from falling out of windows and burglars from forcing their way into the house. The item can be used on both windows and patio doors, is easy to install and can be brought on vacation as well.
Kersch came up with the idea about ten months ago. His son, Jason, revealed that he would soon have a child of his own. A 2011 study found that over 5,000 children fall of out windows each year in the United States alone. In an effort to keep his grandchild safe, he made the device which would both alert parents to attempts by their children to go through a window and prevent them from doing so.
“I had to figure out a way to save children’s lives and maybe my own grandchild’s life,” he said.
An added side effect of this product is that it also works as an anti-burglar device, preventing anyone from coming in through an open window or unlocked patio door.
The invention works very easily. You would clean the window and the bottom of the item’s suction cup. You would then affix Forever Safe ‘N’ Sound to the window, above the frame, at any level you choose. Once it is in place, push the button on the side of the device and the security measure is set. If there are attempts to open the window past the height set, the frame runs into the device and sets off an alarm. The suction cup is also strong enough once the item is locked that it would be very difficult to force the window open further, as it is blocking the frame from moving up.
For those who think that a regular alarm would work just as well, Forever Safe ‘N’ Sound does far more than just alert those around it.
“By the time you get to the window, the child could be outside or the burglar could be in the house. This will literally stop them in their tracks from getting in or out,” Kersch said.
Among the most surprising factor, Kersch said, was how quickly he got got the patent for the item, which took only about five months, a quick pace that he thinks is due to the invention being for safety.
The product is going to sell retail for $24.95 to $29.95 each. For those interested in purchasing Forever Safe ‘N’ Sound, you can email Kersch at MKersch@MajorHomes.com or call at (718) 229-5741.
Reach Reporter Joe Marvilli at (718) 357-7400, Ext. 125, or at firstname.lastname@example.org.