The inspiration of the Safety Shield came about when my husband had placed a bid to refurbish three condos that had burned down from a barbecue grill fire- which had started on the first floor and had worked its way up. When he came home that night, he was disturbed by the fact that three families had lost everything to this tragedy. It was then that the light bulb went off and he'd said: Wouldn't it be great if there was a shield to protect a structure from a grill fire or at least to give people more time to react?
That's where it all began for me. I was so intrigued by the idea, as well as the thought of saving homes and lives. It had become my obsession. I began researching statistics, stories, pictures, videos, etc. I couldn't believe the number of property loss, injuries and even deaths due to grill fires. It was disturbing, but it was evident that something needed to be done. Not to mention the amount of money insurance companies have to pay out for such tragedies: over 114 million dollars each year on property loss due to grill fires! With all of this being said, I considered this information and we came up with The Safety Shield!
The Safety Shield is placed behind the grill onto the structure. It is made up of heat resistant and flame retardant UL certified fabric to protect the structure from grease spills, smoke, and even flames. It sits in an all-metal and powder coated case for extra protection. It is easy to assemble, and aesthetically handsome, but most of all it's for the safety and protection of your home and family, because accidents happen and they happen fast!
The Safety Shield can give you time to react, and also protects your house from melting, warping, and nasty grease spills. Its retractable mechanism allows you to pull it down when in-use and to pull it back up when you're done. You can also leave it down for the warmer weather and pull it up during the colder weather when it's not in use. The great thing about the Safety Shield is that it can be used for other uses such as welding garages chimneys, turkey fryers, school or company barbecues, college apartments, and so on!
I believe every household that uses a grill near their home, garage, or any other structure should have a Safety Shield for the safety and protection of their home and family!
Risks and challenges
Our team began this project three years ago. After researching all avenues that were involved, I knew I'd need a top-of-the-line quality, fireproof material- the kind that would stand up to high heat and flames that would also stand behind the purpose of our product.
Designating and developing that material was certainly the most challenging task. Through a process of trial and error, I'd finally found the ultimate solution. The next challenge that'd presented itself, however, was in finding the perfect manufacturer for the product. I'd explored other potential manufacturers in countries like Canada, China, and Mexico. At the end of the day, I'd realized that I would really prefer to keep the Safety Shield manufactured in the USA.
Upon seeking out various companies across the country and interviewing with each one, I'd finally paired up with the perfect one. Our manufacturer is recognized worldwide, and it is equipped with state-of-the-art facilities. I knew immediately that I'd found the perfect match for our company: another challenge conquered!
When it came time to develop our marketing for the Safety Shield, we were presented with another challenge. I wasn't familiar with that end of the spectrum, but once again we were fortunate to match ourselves with an optimal company that believes in the Safety Shield and in me. Their team really guided us all the way.
With all of these challenges resolved and pieces in place, I am confident we will not run into any issues to slow down our production. This whole journey has been a work in progress, but with a team who gives 100% to this project in every aspect, we have overcome each obstacle that we've encountered so far.
The Safety Shield is currently Patent Pending, and I believe there is a great need for this product to be in the market for consumers who take fire safety seriously- especially when it comes to the safety of their families and their dwelling.
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