After experiencing the H1N1 Flu Virus, my kitchen counter was over run with Medications. Everything from Children’s Acetaminophen to Mucinex, these helped us through a week full of fever, coughs, and runny noses. After the recovery, however, it turned from helpful to dangerous.
My children, ages 7 and under, are old enough that they are apt to grabbing these Meds out of curiosity. Especially susceptible is my 2-year-old son who happens to love the taste of Gummy Vitamins.
What’s a Mom to do? Well, we use our Medicine Cabinet in the bathroom, but I also have a safe place to store them in my kitchen cabinets. It still seems necessary to take one more precautionary step to keeping my children safe. The MedSafe, an electronic medicine safe, can help.
In an effort to help parents keep their meds safely secured and their children out of harm’s way, Michael Rebando, a Long Island locksmith of two decades developed an electronic lock-box called MedSafe. Fitting easily into most existing medicine cabinets and holding up to 15 bottles of prescription medicine, the state-of-the-art lock-box features 19,500 changeable combinations and is the perfect tool in keeping potentially harmful meds out of the hands of children. The MedSafe can be easily affixed to the inside of any medicine cabinet with four self-tapping screws included with each unit, and can also be stored in a dresser drawer, kitchen cabinet or closet shelf.
According to a recent report by the CDC, each year in the United States more than 71,000 children age 18 and younger are seen in emergency rooms for unintentional overdoses of prescription and over-the-counter drugs. It also reported that about 1 out of every 180 two-year-olds visits an emergency department for a medication overdose each year.
I’m in shock here folks, 1 out of every 180 2-year-olds is affected by accidental medication overdose. I HAVE a 2-year-old, a very CURIOUS 2-year-old. As a Mother, there is nothing scarier than the potential of overdose. I looked at my kitchen counter, left from the flu, and I knew something needed to change. Meds needed to be locked up and MedSafe could help me to just that.
Let me show you how this “Medicine Lockbox” works:
It looks easy enough, right? It really is! Simply place your Medications into the safe, set your password, and close it up.
What we liked:
Durability: It’s made of impact resistant polymer with a state of the art digital lock, so there are no keys for kids to find. It STAYS locked!
Capacity: Holds up to 15 prescription bottles
Easy Installation: It comes with 4 screws to install to a place of your liking or you can simply place it in your kitchen cabinet or dresser, making it easy to take when traveling.
Lock Out Feature: After five incorrect tries, the box locks out for 5 minutes.
Privacy: Now visitors looking in your medicine cabinet won’t see what meds you’re taking.
Password Combinations: There are 19,500 Changeable Combinations that allow you to easily change and remember your personal password.
Charitable Contribution: A portion of each unit sold will support teen prescription drug abuse awareness programs through non-profits such as D.A.R.E.
The MedSafe, overall, has plenty of positive features that help Mommas, like me, keep their young children safe from medication overdose. Although, we find this product to be exceptional, there are a few Momma Improvements I’d like to point out.
Tones: These tones indicate if you’ve correctly or incorrectly entered the combination, but honestly? They didn’t help me. Short beeps, three consecutive beeps, one long beep… it just gets confusing for the user.
Opening the door: The MedSafe comes with a spring loaded door that is supposed to open when the correct password is entered, however, I didn’t experience a “spring like” opening. In fact, I had to press the open button really hard in order to open the box.
Inside the box: As I mentioned in my video, there are two compartments that are very short. You can fit your “short” bottles in there, such as prescription drugs, however bigger bottles like cough syrup, known to be abused by teenagers, don’t fit as the bottles are too tall.
Malfunction Risk: As with any electronic device, the risk of malfunction always exists. The manufacturer recommends an emergency supply of life saving medication be stored in a separate location. What if you don’t have an extra set of meds and it’s difficult to get these? I wonder if there could possibly be a “key” function for emergencies such as this?
I’ve spoken with my 6 and 7-year-old’s about the danger of taking medication without Mommy giving it to them and without my consent. My 2-year-old? Well, he doesn’t understand, so this is an awesome way to keep him safe and relieve the temptation of my other children wanting to take a few extra vitamins, drink that yummy grape flavored syrup, or see what “Mommy’s Medicine” looks like.
MedSafe can be purchased “For A Limited Time Only” at the price of $39.95 plus $9.95 Shipping and Handling(Regularly $59.95). Visit www.helpsaveourkids.com to learn more or make a purchase.
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