FotoLum Offers Child Safety Kit Free For Field Testing

Each year, more than 650 children in the United States are hit and killed by cars while another 20,000 are injured. Invariably, the accidents are due to the child’s lack of vehicle awareness and the driver’s inability to see the child. That problem is particularly critical now as we await the end of daylight saving time, and the days continue to grow shorter. For 2009, the day of the year with the least amount of sunlight is December 21st.

This year FotoLum – a leading developer of photo luminescent products and solutions – is offering an inexpensive, yet effective safety kit designed to increase children’s visibility when walking to school or school bus stops, or playing outside after dark. Fotolum products are far superior to novelty glow in the dark items. They represent the fruits of years of research and testing on high-grade, proprietary, materials that yield photo luminescent performance unmatched in the industry.

For a limited time, FotoLum is seeking individuals to conduct testing of their Child Safety Kit products. Interested parties simply visit the FotoLum website, click on the contact link and send a request. FotoLum will mail out a free Child Safety Kit to the address provided by the requester.

The FotoLum Child Safety Kit was designed for safety outdoors and in. The outdoor components consist of photo luminescent vinyl combined with 3M Scotchlite silver retro-reflective coating in a tread-plate pattern backed with 3M adhesive where applicable. The retro-reflective shines brightly when hit with light, such as that from a vehicle’s headlights while the photo luminescence glows brightly in the dark for hours after proper charging from a natural or artificial light source.

Outdoor components include a glowing Safety Wrist Band with tread-plate reflective, two 1/2″ x 12″ strips of the same material backed with the 3M adhesive for application to bicycle helmets, backpacks or jackets and a 3″ tread-plate reflective photo luminescent glow stick alternative. Fotolum developed the glow stick alternative to counter the toxic waste generated by the disposal of hundreds of millions of one-use chemical glow sticks and glow accessories piling up in land fills every year. The glow stick alternative can be attached to the zipper pull of a jacket, school bags, backpacks, bikes as examples. AllFotolum components are reusable over and over and will last for 10 years or more.

Indoor components include a glow in the dark light switch locator and the award-winning After-Lite Crystal Energy Cell which fastens to a low-energy compact fluorescent light bulb (CFL) to provide energy-free emergency lighting. After-Lite also works great as a night light. The light switch locator absorbs light during the day, then gently illuminates at night indicating the location of the light switch.

The same material used in the FotoLum Child Safety Kit is used on helmet and equipment patches implemented by the Fire Department of New York and many other fire departments across the nation to which FotoLum supplies.

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Glowing Non-Slip Material Set to Save Lives and Prevent Injury

Negotiating a flight of stairs in the dark is the stuff of horror movies. Hands grapple for a railing, feet poke tentatively into the invisible abyss for the next step, and the mind struggles to push away the image of a terrible head over heels tumble to the bottom. Add moisture to that scenario and you’ll probably opt for the elevator.

But in a building emergency, the stairwell is the only option. Because of that possibility, the Federal Government has stepped in with strict specifications for photo luminescent usage. In 2008 alone, slip and falls cost the U.S. $36 Billion. Glow in the dark products provide effective illumination when the lights go out, but also provide highly visible indication in the light with their natural bright yellow color. When non-skid properties are added, safety is greatly enhanced.

FotoLum, a leading photo luminescent application developer and manufacturer, has developed non-slip solutions that in many cases exceed those Federal Regulations. Manufactured using 100% recycled materials and proprietary photo luminescent crystals, the FotoLum Glowing Non-Slip is presented in both an aluminum substrate and a tape version. The tape also uses a proprietary adhesive backing providing a superior bond to clean, solid surfaces.

Usage applications include: Public Building and Stadium Steps, Walkways, Boats, Marinas, Industrial Vehicles and more…

FotoLum is currently finalizing the details of an 8,000 step installation in the MidWest United States with other venues to follow in 2009 and 2010. Eventually, by Federal Law, all public venues will be required to utilize to have lighted steps for safety.

In a retro-fit application, the aluminum stair overlays are bonded to the steps with a proprietary, “green”-recognized adhesive; a high performance silyl-terminated, solvent free, UV resistant, moisture curing polyether (tri-polymer). It is a multi-purpose structural sealant designed for difficult bonding and sealing applications. The adhesive bonds aggressively to EPDM, PVC, BUR, coal tar, SBS modified bitumen, granulated APP, asphalt shingles, many types of coated metal, metal flashing details and window glass without emitting harmful fumes while curing.

Features and Benefits of the FotoLum Aluminum Glowing Non-Slip include:

. Photo luminescent epoxy charges in any natural or artificial light source and illuminates for hours
. Exceeds New York City Building Code Local Law 26 Chemical resistant and UV stable
. Meets A.D.A. Standards
. Ideal for new construction as well as replacement stairways
. Stair treads and flat plates can be anchored into cement, steel or wood surfaces during construction

Fotolum Glowing Non-Slip Tape can be applied almost anywhere:

Meets or exceeds the following Federal specifications: OSHA 1920.24 | MIL-L-3891 | MIL-S-17951C | MIL-W-17951C | MIL-W-5044C
. Clearly visible glow-in-the-dark material
. Safely identifies steps during power failure
. Non-toxic / Non-radioactive
. Rechargeable from any light source
. Easy to clean
. Long-wearing, mineral abrasive tread
. Meets OSHA requirements

Fotolum products carry a manufacturer’s warranty ranging from one to four years, with the life of some products exceeding 10 years.

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Reflective Pet Collars Saves Pets’ Lives

It has been calculated that currently there are somewhere on the order of 72 million dogs owned by Americans. Those faithful pups are outnumbered by 82 million domestic cats! So it is inevitable that at any given time thousands of pets are roaming free, having escaped their owners for some “exploring” time.

Tragically, many of those escaped pets end up wandering onto the road and unseen, get struck by motor vehicles. The main reason for these accidents are the pets’ lack of visibility to the drivers.

FotoLum – a leading developer of photo luminescent products and solutions – has developed a line of pet collars designed to provide that visibility in multiple modes. Designed, developed and manufactured in Lenexa, Kansas, the FotoLum GlowTie 3-Way Collar is a unique solution born from years of research and testing. It utilizes high-grade, proprietary, photo luminescent materials, proven 3M Scotchlite retro-reflective coating, and high-visibility nylon webbing resulting in pet collar safety performance unmatched in the industry.

As you might imagine, the FotoLum GlowTie 3-Way Collar creates visibility in three ways. The base material is made of high-visibility, 1,100 psi coated nylon webbing. Its bright fluorescent orange color is an eye-catcher. The matching orange 3M retro-reflective shines brightly when hit with light, such as that from a vehicle’s headlights while the glow in the dark photo luminescence glows brightly for hours after proper charging from a natural or artificial light source. Available in 21″, 23″ and 25″ lengths, the fluorescent orange leashes come with a standard paw print pattern, or can be customized with the consumer’s request. Properly charged, the dog collars illuminate, then indicate for up to 12 hours.

FotoLum has just released the GlowTie Cat Collar available in full glow or glow with silver tread-plate reflective. The cat collar utilizes a unique bright blue glow in the dark color which will glow for up to 8 hours when properly charged. Collars are one size, 12″ long, and can be trimmed to fit smaller cats.

These collars can also benefit the pet owners as well. Results from a survey conducted by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission from 2001-2006 revealed an astounding yearly average of 87,000 fall injuries associated with dogs and cats. Any pet owner knows that their pet shows love by staying close. Take a step without looking and before you know it, your feet are tangled up with Fido.FotoLum GlowTie 3-Way Collar increases indoor visibility through their superior glow in the dark performance and high-visibility design.

All Fotolum products are made in the USA and recharge over and over, lasting for 10 years or more.

The same material used in the FotoLum GlowTie 3-Way Collars is used on helmet and equipment patches implemented by the Fire Department of New York and many other fire departments across the nation, including Atlanta and Los Angeles, to which FotoLumsupplies.

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‘Board Brite’ Protective, Rechargeable Glow Strips Are A Hit With Boarders

One thing all skate boarders and long boarders can agree upon is the destructive damage caused to their decks from the inevitable “bail out”, crashing their board into a curb. A leading developer and manufacturer of photo luminescent products has solved that problem with an extremely cool side-effect. Board edges that glow brightly in the night – energy-free!

'Board Brite' Protective, Rechargeable Glow Strips Are A Hit With Boarders

Board Brite is created using military-grade, proprietary vinyl infused with rare earth photo luminescent crystals. It’s a process Board Brite’s parent company, Fotolum, has perfected for over a decade. The end result of this unusual combination of elements is a product that both protects and illuminates boards and boarding equipment. Backed with a superior 3M adhesive, the strips can be put nearly anywhere, giving the rider the power to customize boards accessories and safety equipment. In fact, the website states, “Use on decks, trucks, wheels, helmets, pads, gloves, skateboards, longboards, snowboards, surfboards, skimboards, kneeboards, skates, skis, and anything else you can think of!”

Prior to the introduction of Board Brite, boarders only protection alternatives were awkward nose and tail guards requiring invasive glues or screws. And illumination was limited to cutting holes in the board to install lights which also required the clutter of wires and the bulkiness of batteries. The self-adhesive 3M backing allows for a quick, clean application and it is waterproof which opens up applications for the water sports market.

The material used in the Board Brite is a variation of that used on helmet and equipment patches implemented by the Fire Department of New York and many other fire departments across the nation to which FotoLum supplies.

FotoLum also provided the photo luminescent vinyl used in shoes sold to help promote the August released movie G.I.Joe: The Rise of Cobra.

The company is involved in a broad range of industry applications ranging from photo luminescent, non-slip stair treads for public stadiums; to photo luminescent indoor and outdoor signage; to a variety of safety applications for home and business.

The company’s well-known After-Lite product which attaches to a compact fluorescent bulb is widely embraced by the “green” community for its energy-free emergency lighting capabilities.

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Halloween Safety Kit Introduced By Leading Photo Luminescent Product Developer

According to statistics, children are four times more likely to be injured on Halloween night than any other night of the year.

Each year, more than 650 children are hit and killed by cars while another 20,000 are injured. On Halloween that ratio rises dramatically.

This year FotoLum – a leading developer of photo luminescent products and Solutions – is offering an inexpensive, yet effective safety kit designed to increase children’s visibility without compromising their costumes. Fotolum products are far superior to novelty glow in the dark items. They are the result of years of research and testing on high-grade, proprietary, materials yielding photo luminescent performance unmatched in the industry.

The same material used in the FotoLum Halloween Safety Kit is used on helmet and equipment patches implemented by the Fire Department of New York and many other fire departments across the nation to which FotoLum supplies.

FotoLum also provided the photo luminescent vinyl used in shoes sold to help promote the August released movie G.I.Joe: The Rise of Cobra.

The company is involved in a broad range of industry applications ranging from photo luminescent, non-slip stair treads for public stadiums; to photo luminescent indoor and outdoor signage; to the boarding (skate board, long board, surf board, etc) market with its newly released board protection and illumination product – Board Brite.

The company’s well-known After-Lite product which attaches to a compact fluorescent bulb is widely embraced by the “green” community for its energy-free emergency lighting capabilities.

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