D&D Technologies Supports National Drowning Prevention Awareness Month

D&D Technologies Supports National Drowning Prevention Awareness Month

Posted in: News,Installer & Reseller News May 1, 2013 HUNTINGTON BEACH, CA -- The month of May is often associated with the beginning of the summer season and the warmer weather brings large numbers of people to the water; backyard pools, beaches, waterfronts and public aquatic facilities. Unfortunately, the month of May also signals an increase in drowning tragedies across our nation.

D&D Technologies is proud to support the National Drowning Prevention Alliance’s (NDPA) campaign to promote May as “National Drowning Prevention Month,” in a collaborative effort across the country, with other organizations involved in water safety, drowning prevention, aquatic safety, and recreational activities.

During the month of May, D&D is reaching out to the public to create awareness of their role in water safety by taking the Simple Steps to Save Lives pledge, which encourages people to talk to their friends, family, neighbors, co-workers and others that adding as many water safety steps as possible is the best way to assure a safe fun experience at pools and spas, because you never know which one might save a child’s life – until it does.  Take the pledge at: http://ddtechglobal.com/pledge.

From the very beginning, D&D has made it their responsibility to manufacture quality products that consumers can trust and educate the industry and public on ways to use products within their safety plans to protect children in and around water structure. The fencing industry holds an important ‘Step’ being that appropriate equipment for pools and spas includes the installation of a four-foot or taller fence around the pool and spa and the use of secure and reliable self-closing and self-latching gates.”

Facts:

  • Drowning is the second-leading cause of death to children ages 1-4 in the United States.
  • Drowning is the number one cause of death to children ages 1-4 in most southern states.
  • In many cases, drowning is a silent event, without splashing or a call for help.
  • In most areas of the country, the majority of child drownings occur in backyard pools & spas.
  • Scientific research, engineering advancements, legislation, community outreach, and education are all necessary strategies, on the national level, to prevent drownings.

 

Drowning Prevention Begins with Layers of protection:

  • ALWAYS know where children are. Never leave a child unattended in or near water in a pool, tub, lake, river, canal or ocean, even when lifeguards are present.
  • ALWAYS be aware of potential dangers in all environments, such as when away from home. Never leave your child in an environment with unprotected water hazards.
  • If a child is missing, always check the pool or spa first.
  • Install “isolation fencing” which completely separates the pool or spa area from the house or other structures. An isolation fence restricts unauthorized access from neighbors’ yards, other nearby buildings, and from inside the house. Isolation fencing is the preferred configuration for pool and spa protection.
  • All fences must be non-climbable, meet all applicable local safety codes, and should be at least 60” tall, with vertical bars set close to one another so that a small child cannot squeeze through.
  • Gates should be self-closing and self-latching and accommodate a locking device such as the rust-free MagnaLatch® Top Pull, along with self-closing hinges like the TruClose®.
  • Gates should open away from the pool and have self-closing hinges, and should never be propped open. Check and adjust your gate regularly to make sure it operates correctly.
  • The gate latch should be out of the reach of children, at least 54” from the ground. Use a locking latch, and keep it locked when pool is not in use. Store the key out of children’s reached and make sure all adults know where the key is kept.
  • Keep anything that can be climbed, such as chairs, tables, storage bins, playground equipment, ice chests, etc. inside the fence area.
  • All doors providing direct access from the home to the swimming pool should be equipped with a self-closing, self latching device with a release mechanism placed no lower than 54 inches above the floor.

Rust-free, pool safety gate hardware by D&D Technologies is now available under the Stanley or National Hardware brand through select Lowe’s stores or online at www.lowes.com, and through other hardware retailers. The hinges and latches are simple to install and most models offer vertical and horizontal adjustment to correct gate misalignment caused by ground movement, children swinging on gates, or other factors.

About D&D Technologies
D&D Technologies is the recognized leader in safety and general-purpose gate hardware manufacturing, including MagnaLatch® magnetic pool and safety gate latches, TruClose® adjustable, self-closing gate hinges, SureClose® the commercial grade closer & hinge, and LokkLatch® gate latches.  D&D’s diversity of products continually set new standards in design, performance, craftsmanship and innovation–tied together by a singular level of quality. D&D products are rust free and consistently exceed all relevant safety barrier codes around the world for the residential, commercial and industrial markets. D&D is a co-founder and continuing supporter of the National Drowning Prevention Alliance.

About the National Drowning Prevention Alliance
The National Drowning Prevention Alliance is a volunteer-driven 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization founded in 2004. NDPA members are dedicated to preventing drowning for all age groups in all bodies of water through public education, advocacy and strategic partnerships. The public is invited to join by visiting NDPA.org.

 
 
Making the perfect outdoor living space in your backyard

Making the perfect outdoor living space in your backyard

Posted in: Articles,Press Coverage As the weather begins to warm and the daylight hours get longer, your yard can quickly become the most important “room” of your home. However, you aren’t alone if your backyard looks outdated and lackluster. Weather conditions can be tough on outdoor areas, but with a few simple updates, you can create the perfect outdoor living space.

Gates and gate hardware
Perhaps the first thing you and your guests see (and use) when entering your yard is the gate, so why not make a great first impression by updating rusty and squeaky gate hardware. D&D Technologies recently launched the LokkLatch Magnetic, a gate latch that operates and locks from both sides of the gate, and it’s re-keyable so you don’t have to carry multiple keys for your house. Featuring D&D’s patented magnetic latching system, and horizontal & vertical adjustment to ensure a consistent gate closure upon ground movement, LokkLatch Magnetic is the first gate lock to offer coordinating handle trim covers that match your lighting and yard accessories, and they won’t rust. Available in black, brushed and polished metal, LokkLatch Magnetic helps to create a cohesive look that enhances your outdoor living environment. Complete the look with matching TruClose self-closing gate hinges, also offering coordinating trim covers. D&D Technologies’ products feature a limited lifetime warranty and are available under the Stanley brand through select Lowe’s stores, and other hardware retailers under the National Hardware brand. Visit www.ddtechglobal.com for a full range of gate hardware products and to find a retailer near you.

Lighting
Weather permitting, your yard can be the perfect place to relax for an evening. Avoid sitting in total darkness. The many options of patio lighting including path sconces, post lamps and even string lights –all are an answer to keeping your outdoor space lit and inviting.

Furniture
The key to decorating any room in your home is attractive, comfortable furniture that beckons to be sat upon, and this is no different for your outdoor furniture. While prices on outdoor furniture can be a little overwhelming, used furniture with a little love and creativity can be good as new, without the high cost. Cozy chairs, chaise lounges and benches can gain new use with a coat of outdoor spray paint, then recover cushions and add colorful pillows to finish it off.

Plants, flowers and shrubs
Even if they’re only alive for a few months out of the year, flowers can bring any yard to life. A few strategically placed shrubs, flower beds and herb gardens can help turn your outdoor area into a lively space perfect for relaxing personal moments or parties with friends and family.

Statues and accessories
Give your backyard even more personality by selecting a few garden statues or other accessories that reflect your style – such as recycled metal sculptures, elaborately painted bird houses, unique planters or large colorful rocks.

With a few simple updates, you can easily create an outdoor retreat in your own backyard that can provide you the space for entertaining, reading and relaxing without a costly renovation. So go get started.

 
 
D&D Technologies changes gate hardware. Forever.

D&D Technologies changes gate hardware. Forever.

Posted in: News,Product Launches,Press Coverage APRIL 1, 2013 - HUNTINGTON BEACH, CA:   D&D Technologies’ LokkLatch® Magnetic, is a gate hardware industry-first, magnetic latching system that fits any metal, wood & vinyl square post, offers coordinating trim covers, which match gate hinges, lighting and yard accessories to create a cohesive outdoor living environment. Engineered with the most durable materials and finishes that withstand the harsh effects of both time and weather, the LokkLatch Magnetic is an incredible solution for metal, wood and vinyl gates.

Features of the LokkLatch Magnetic include


• D&D patented magnetic latching
• Intuitive Push/Pull action
• Dual, 6-pin re-keyable locks
• Vertical & horizontal adjustment
• No visible fasteners
• Optional decorative trim covers
• Fits any square post gate 1-1/2” to 6” (38mm-150mm)
• Super-strong engineering polymers and stainless steel components
• ADA Compliant

“D&D has a long tradition of gate hardware leadership and innovation, having invented magnetic latches and polymer gate hardware over 23 years ago when we launched the MagnaLatch,” says Jim Paterson, D&D’s Vice President of Sales & Marketing. “LokkLatch Magnetic can only be brought to you through a history and reputation of quality that D&D has earned worldwide.”

LokkLatch Magnetic and comes standard in Black with optional decorative trim covers in brushed or polished.

For more information on LokkLatch Magnetic, its warranty or other D&D products, individuals may visit the D&D Technologies web site at www.ddtechglobal.com, e-mail us at info@ddtechusa.com or call toll-free at 1-800-716-0888.

About D&D Technologies
D&D Technologies is the recognized leader in safety and general-purpose gate hardware manufacturing, including MagnaLatch® magnetic pool and safety gate latches, TruClose® adjustable, self-closing gate hinges, SureClose® the commercial grade closer & hinge, and LokkLatch® gate latches.  D&D’s diversity of products continually set new standards in design, performance, craftsmanship and innovation–tied together by a singular level of quality. D&D products are rust free and consistently exceed all relevant safety barrier codes around the world for the residential, commercial and industrial markets. D&D is a co-founder and continuing supporter of the National Drowning Prevention Alliance.

 
 
D&D launches revolutionary hydraulic hinge & closer, all-in-one

D&D launches revolutionary hydraulic hinge & closer, all-in-one

Posted in: News,Installer & Reseller News,Product Launches 10/11/2011 -- HUNTINGTON BEACH, CA:  D&D Technologies has introduced a new line of concealed hydraulic hinge gate closers designed specifically for commercial, industrial and estate gates, the SureClose® Adjustable Gate Closer & Hinge.  The stylishly designed hinge gate closers use high strength aluminum with stainless steel components, are corrosion resistant, and a workhorse testing to 500,000 cycles with a 1,500 lb. load capacity, self-closing gates up to 260 lbs.

“It’s a significant innovation that will impact how the industry will equip self-closing gates,” says Jim Paterson, D&D’s Vice President of Sales & Marketing. “We envisioned a closer and hinge all-in-one that would revolutionize the fencing industry. SureClose packs technology into a compact hinge and is controlled by an advanced and tamper-resistant hydraulic closer that prevents gate slam noise, gate damage and doesn’t leak. It’s an astounding example of modern industrial design and precision engineering.”

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Pool Safety for HOA & Multiunits:  Are your residents at risk?

Pool Safety for HOA & Multiunits:  Are your residents at risk?

Posted in: Articles,Press Coverage Pools are a great way to socialize with neighbors and friends. The safety of children in these locations requires a community effort. Those who maintain the pool must ensure that basic safety standards like clear water, appropriate lifesaving devices, fencing, gates and locks are appropriately maintained. With “layers of protection” in place, homeowner associations can ensure a safer oasis of family fun and relaxation and reduce potential liability.

Over 3,000 people in the United States drown unintentionally every year. More than 1 in 4 fatal drowning victims are children 14 and younger, and for every child that dies, another 3 receive emergency-department care for submersion injuries. Of those receiving emergency care, 40% require hospitalization. In fact, drowning is the leading cause of accidental death among small children (1 to 4 years of age) and the second leading cause of death (after motor vehicle accidents) among children 1 to 14 years old.

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