This Full House Home Office c. 2003
Did you know that June was Home Safety Month? Me, either. Still, if you're raising a family (or, pets and killer dust bunnies, like me) you can't be too careful, right?
Especially, if you work from a home office (i.e. carving out a piece of the living room and claiming it as "mommy's work space") like me.
I had the opportunity to test out a Fellowes PS-79Ci featuring SafeSense, a cool technology that includes an electronic sensor that surrounds the shredder’s paper opening and shuts down the machine immediately when it comes in contact with the energy field created by humans or large pets.
The clean laundry pile and the Doofus-dog (a.k.a. Rudolph in typical "Super Dog" pose) which happens to be located directly to the right of my desk and it looks like this, pretty much, every day!
Yes, it sounded like a pretty good fit (for our house) so, how it go?
Honestly, I was like, that's a lot of shredder, for a really small house, like mine. Then again, small house equals less space to hide stuff. And I've got a box filled with sensitive documents, un-used credit cards, etc... in need of some serious shredding (identity theft is a REAL pain to deal with, trust me) AND I broke our old shredder. My poor little drug store buy just couldn't hack it. Darn thing kept jamming, anyway.
Key features of Fellowes PS-79Ci that attracted my attention are:
Can shred credit cards, staples and paper clips (broken finger nails be gone)
SafeSense® Technology stops shredder immediately when hands are too close (I don't have an office door I could shut and, frankly, am easily distracted)
Pull out waste basket (I hated that my last shredder had the motor/cutter on top and would fall into basket, or was top heavy and fall over)
Cutter has a lifetime warranty (I really do break things a lot)
For those who are still interested, or reading (bless your hearts) here's a quick road test:
Sorry for the shaky filming = mommy's had ENOUGH coffee, already.
Did I mention, it's quiet! A great feature, since I work from home and often times while the kids are asleep and my husband, Garth [not his real name] is watching television. Riiiiight. He's sleeping, too.
On the downside: in my opinion, the price (suggested price on their website is $399.98) then again, cheap isn't always a good thing.
[FYI: Amazon link above includes my affiliate code, if you do decide to purchase, much appreciated.]
For you guys with little, little ones, here are a few safety tips via Home Safety Council I thought would be good to pass along and, well, I could always use a reminder, or two, myself.
Preventing Home Office Injury:
- Keep your work space off-limits to children unless supervised by an adult.
- If you have an entire room devoted to your home office, consider installing a door lock and keeping it locked when not in use.
- When purchasing a paper shredder, look for one with safety features to protect children and large pets from injury.
- Unplug shredders and other office equipment when not in use.
- Keep scissors, letters openers and all sharp office supplies in a drawer and out of harm’s reach.
- Install safety covers in unused electrical outlets.
- Make sure all electrical cords are not cracked or worn and in good condition.
- Look for certification labels from an independent testing laboratory such as ETL or UL when using extension cords, power strips and surge protectors or other electronic equipment.
- Store printers and ink cartridges in a high cabinet out of a child’s reach.
- Keep file cabinets closed when not in use and securely fasten shelving units to the wall so they cannot tip. Don’t permit children to climb on any furniture.
- Thumb tacks, paper clips and other small objects are choking hazards. Keep these where children cannot see or reach them.
Hope this information helps, a little.
For more information on the product, warranties and stuff like that, please visit their website, as these are only my opinions and, you know, I break things easily.
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