Posted on: September 23rd, 2013 by Chris Aviles
It’s the middle of the summer and that means lots of outdoor activities. One of the most common and my personal favorite as a kid, aside from my favorite kids play rugs I loved, is the park. The monkey bars, multi-level climbing fixtures and bridges all make for a imagination filled day.
In modern times, however, I know more than a few parents who are reluctant to take their kids to play in a playground because it could be unsafe. A SoftPlay tumbling mat we think is great, but we are afraid of the jungle gym play areas we grew up with as kids.
With active supervision and some basic safety tips, there’s no reason why our kids can’t have the same fun we did. Falls are the most common type of playground injury, accounting for more than half of all playground-related injuries which is why eco-friendly interlocking rubber floor tiles are so important!. Lack of or improper supervision is associated the other percent of playground-related injuries. Actively supervise children on playgrounds. It won’t be hard – they’ll probably be calling for you to “watch”, because lets face it… kids are hams.
Take your kids to playgrounds with shock-absorbing surfaces such as Bounce Back rubber tiles, the landing will be more cushioned than on asphalt, concrete, grass or dirt.
Dress appropriately for the playground. Remove necklaces, purses, scarves or clothing with drawstrings that can get caught on equipment and pose a strangulation hazard. Even helmets can be dangerous on a playground, so save those for bikes.
Teach children that pushing, shoving or crowding while on the playground can be dangerous.
Posted on: August 22nd, 2013 by Chris Aviles
One of my favorite technological advances is On-Demand anything! We live in a world of instant gratification and as much as I try to not be that person, I am. That makes it tough to be satisfied. I want the gourmet meal with the attention to detail, but I want it in 10 mins. Or I really want to have a new haircut and change my color, but I don’t have 2 hours to dedicate to getting it done.
Luckily there’s enough On-Demand or instant conveniences I can make more time for tasks that can’t be done right away. We already bank, watch movies, download music, bay bills, order groceries and even hold meetings online. It’s getting to the point where you don’t have to leave your house!
A friend of mine posted something online about there now being Pilates on Demand, which is amazing to me! Now, as long as you have your own exercise mat, you don’t even have to leave your house to get training or exercise. In the past, you usually needed an expensive gym membership. She uses it as a way to get her children to exercise and have a minute alone. This is a great way to multi-task and stay fit. Imagine how much you could accomplish if you didn’t have to take time to get to and from your workout. You don’t even need gym equipment all you need is a yoga mat, and you can start working that core from your own home- while dinner cooks. Or if you’re not exactly graceful when it comes to poses, this is a great way to learn without the added stress of being judged by other gym goers.
Posted on: August 12th, 2013 by Chris Aviles
I think people are tricked into paying a lot of money for things, just because things can appear to be different or are set in a different environment and therefor somehow become more impressive. I’m mainly talking about these” Mommy and Me” or Gymboree classes. This last weekend I went with my cousin and her 1 year old to one of those classes and it was pretty fun. Essentially she is paying $60 a month so her daughter can play in a colorful padded room. I told her to come to our website and look at our soft tiles. For less than what it costs her for 6 months of these classes, she could have her own playroom filled with foam floor tiles that her daughter could use whenever she wanted.
With the incredible selection of SoftTiles, combined with our great gym equipment, and variety play mats for children, you can really create a personalized at home play area for your children. I did a blog a few months ago about the different shapes and other fun you can have with these tiles, so take a look at that for more fun ideas. The only down side is with your cool playroom, all the other parents will want to organize play dates at your house.
Posted on: August 12th, 2013 by Chris Aviles
One of the great things about living in California is I’m so close to entertainment at pretty much anytime. This last weekend I was in Hollywood taking a stroll down the walk of fame looking at all the people, and there are a lot of people to look at. Aside from the normal character actors like Johnny Depp look a likes or Batman walking around there are your good ol’ fashioned masses of unwashed locals. I’ve met spacemen from the future warning about the end, Marilyn Monroe’s ghost and some people that aren’t just celebrity impersonators, but people that actual believe they’re said celebrity. It is very entertaining, but very weird at the same time. After an hour or so I have to take solace in the many many stores, who’s merchandise is often as entertaining as the people outside.
While looking around the Harvey Davidson store, I came across one of our products being used in such a simple way, I can’t believe I haven’t thought of it before. In the display cases, the store was using one of our textured SoftFloor tiles as a display surface. So simple and kinda cool looking. The soft floor tiles didn’t look out of place or like a cheap alternative to something, it actually fit in well. The shelves they had were glass, so the colored interlocking tiles gave some depth to the case and made the product pop. Most of the products in that store are black, so they used a contrasting gray tile. Ant the interlocking teeth just sitting exposed gave It a cool off beat look that I liked. The softfloor tiles are often used as trade show flooring or as playroom flooring, but hey sure found a good way to use too!
Once again, one of our many products has yet another use. So whether it’s at a craft fair or trade show, our soft floor tiles can add a different look and be a simple way to highlight your products. There’s a wide variety of colors and styles which makes it easy to change up color combinations to match the product or season. I wish I would have had this idea for the fourth of July. I can already envision a white rectangular table with red and blue tiles as the surfaces for appetizers!
Posted on: July 15th, 2013 by Chris Aviles
There’s that saying that says you can lead a horse to water but you can’t make it drink. Well the same applies to your employees. You can do everything in your power to make sure you have the proper safety equipment, but unless you inform your people how to use them properly you may still be in for a lawsuit.
I’ve blogged a few times about the lack of anti-fatigue or a drainage mat at school and was a little surprised when I walked into class the other day and noticed there were non-slip drainage mats in the dishwashing area. Problem is, my classmates seem to not know how they work. I tried telling them to stand on the mat or make sure the mat is in it’s proper place; the response I received was “I’m not paying attention”. I guess that’s a valid excuse, but as an employer how do you ensure your staff is being safe?
There are a couple of options. You can make sure the non-slip anti-fatgue mats or drainage mats you purchase fill the entire space, that way people would have no choice but to stand on a safety surface. Additionally, and this is something I had a customer recently do for her bar, you can purchase matting with “safety borders”. Safety borders draw attention to the mat so there is less risk for trips, but in the case of my classmates and my customer’s bartenders, they will draw attention to the mat for the purpose of actually using it.
Our Tru-Tread Anti Fatigue Mat is my favorite option when it comes to anti fatigue mats because not only does it have drainage holes, it offer protection against fatigue and can be bought in sections (with connectors) to create odd shaped areas. This is perfect for ensuring total area coverage and the most safety for your staff.
Posted on: June 17th, 2013 by Chris Aviles
Carpets or rugs can really pull a room together. When decorating your home or office, instead of cluttering shelves and walls with knick knacks, a simple throw rug or carpet can give your area that added comfort.
I was thinking about this yesterday when I walked into an office I’ve been in a least a dozen times. It’s a very modern building with a large tiled entrance. The lobby doesn’t have much except a security desk in front of the hallways leading to the elevators. Yesterday it rained and when I walked into the building I was greeted by carpet runners EVERYWHERE! I understand you don’t want people slipping and you want to make sure there is no dirt or debris tracked into the building, but can it look nice? There were about 4 different mat runners, all the same size but all different colors and styles. Furthermore the entrance mats lacked any grippers, like our Stayput Mat, and were sliding all over the place.
This nice clean lobby now looked like the front entrance of a cheap hotel. I understand function and beauty don’t always mesh, but there are options. Having mats on the brain all the time I immediately thought of 2 different entry mats we carry that would look much nicer, stay in place and actually trap debris.
Posted on: June 12th, 2013 by Chris Aviles
People try too hard to make things perfect, often neglecting the little details that actually matter. I’ve been on a mission for a new apartment lately and have seen more model homes than I can keep track of! They all have the perfect furniture set up to make the space really pop; I don’t pay too much attention to the furniture because my own will look very different so it really doesn’t affect my decision.
While walking all over one particularly massive apartment complex I couldn’t help but notice that most every door had 2’x3’ Carpet Logo Mats with the property management company’s logo in the center. That to me spoke more about the complex than the pretty décor inside their models. Aside from the fact that most of the door mats were crooked, the logo mats logo’s were all very faded and dirty. That to me says they don’t have much pride in their company. Because I know how much one of these outside door mats cost , $84.99- and that’s not even the discounted volume cost!
I was very put off. The monthly payments are not exactly cheap and I would assume that money goes toward the upkeep of the facility. Seeing something that is so easily, and inexpensively, fixed not be rectified makes me feel they’re more about making money than the satisfaction of their residents. I know it sounds petty, but it’s little details like that that people like me notice. Don’t just take pride in the things you think your customers will notice. It’s the little things that count!
Posted on: May 24th, 2013 by Chris Aviles
A baby’s environment can greatly enhance his development, even at infancy, according to pediatrician Dr. William Sears. Each of the five senses can promote learning, including sight. In fact, visual stimulation may pose the most significant influence on a baby’s developing nervous system. So it is important that parents choose colors and patterns that encourage growth and create the right blend of comfort and stimulation.
- Unlike an adult, a baby’s retinas are not fully developed at birth. Pastel or muted colors are therefore likely to blur until the retina is matured. It is still important, however, for parents to provide babies with visual stimulation that supports brain cell health, vision and learning. Contrasting colors deliver the strongest visual signals to a baby’s brain, helping the brain and eyes to develop more quickly. Those colors that appear most boldly to a baby are black and white, and striped patterns provide the greatest contrast. Blankets, bed sheets and toys that feature black-and-white stripes are ideal for a baby’s bedroom. Books, toys and children’s play mats in contrasting colors of light and dark can also be used for added stimulation.
- In addition to accessories in black and white, parents should also use bold colors to stimulate a baby’s brain development. Orange is reportedly a color that promotes feelings of optimism, while yellow is believed to stimulate thinking. Similarly, red can evoke enthusiasm, and toys (kids play mat) in these bright hues will help draw a baby’s attention. While bold colors are not recommended for bedroom walls, they can be incorporated into a decorating scheme with accents. Playrooms can also feature bright colors, and one option for parents is to paint one wall in a bold shade of red while keeping the other three more neutral.
Pastels and Neutrals
- Over-stimulation can occur with babies who are excessively exposed to stripes and bright colors. Because rest is necessary for optimal development, bedrooms should provide the right mixture of stimulation and comfort. Pastel wall colors with bright accents can help parents achieve this delicate combination. Blue and green pastels, for example, are often associated with feelings of calm and tranquility. Neutral colors like cream and beige can be used for walls, kids play rugs and carpeting. These colors can then be emboldened with red, yellow and orange border or furniture pieces to provide stimulation when baby is awake.
- Dave Munger, a writer for “Cognition Daily,” reports that babies have preferences for certain colors. Although infants cannot distinguish between colors, babies at 2 months of age can normally differentiate between most colors. As such, Munger indicates that blues and purples are usually babies’ favorites, with greens, yellows and reds being less preferred. This may be important when parents select nursery decorating schemes, as preferred colors will draw a baby’s eye, while others may cause a baby to become fussy or cranky.
Our SoftFloor tiles are a great way to protect and stimulate you child in a fun colorful way. We have over 19 different colors and combinations so you can mix and match colors.
Read more: Colors That Stimulate Babies | eHow.com http://www.ehow.com/info_8231934_colors-stimulate-babies.html#ixzz2SFw42eDm
Posted on: May 15th, 2013 by Chris Aviles
I know I’ve talked to you about anti fatigue mats several times before. Hopefully you remember all about the benefits such as relief of back pain and pressure on the joints. I’ve talked to you about how safety fatigue mats help prevent work related injuries which can save an employer thousands of dollars. I’ve also pointed out all the benefits you may not realize you’re getting, like less fatigue in your normal life.
Have I taken my own advice? Nope. I’ve been in school for 5 weeks now, and still no sign of a drainage mat or even in areas where drainage is not needed rubber non slip mats. It’s definitely time to get my own little inexpensive 2×3 anti fatigue floor mat so I can stand on it. I have more aches and pains in my hips and back than I’m used to. It’s unbearable! You know the saying that says “Those who can’t teach”? Well that’s me; with all the information (and access to products) I have, you’d think I’d have optimized my life. I live in a delusional world where bad things don’t happen to me. I like to believe that while muscle stiffness and body aches are something everybody feels, I’m immune. Or if something does happen I pretend it won’t last long; probably hurting myself more. I don’t know why I feel this way, because obviously my lack of a proper anti fatigue flooring is really taking a toll. Don’t be like me- if you’re on your feet a lot, I really suggest getting proper flooring. It’s one of those things that I personally look at as added, unnecessary, comfort which isn’t worth $13.99. It’s definitely not a luxury. As a necessity, $13.99 is really nothing compared to somewhere between $10,000 and $125,000 for hip replacement surgery.
Posted on: April 23rd, 2013 by Chris Aviles
I just finished my first week back as a student and even with all the distractions of homework and studying I canâ€™t get mats out of my head.
Iâ€™m learning to be a chef, with the hopes to run my own establishment someday, and safety in the kitchen is the number one thing weâ€™re taught. There are so many little things I have to remember like placing knives a certain way, or wearing the proper non-slip shoes and making sure food is stored at proper temperature etcâ€¦Â The first thing I noticed, while being lectured on the importance of non-slip shoes, is the kitchen had no drainage mat. NONE! Maybe since weâ€™re not actually cooking just yet, they feel theyâ€™re not necessary. Iâ€™ve been all over the school learning where different supplies are, and Iâ€™ve seen everything you can possibly imagine for a kitchen- except a drainage mat.
Itâ€™s really odd that we spent almost a week learning about being safe and they donâ€™t seem to have the very basic (and essential) products you would find in every professionalÂ kitchen Iâ€™ve ever been in before, like safety mats!Â For less than a tuition payment I can outfit the whole kitchen with enough drainage mats to protect every studentâ€™s station.
I understand why shoes are important, but when youâ€™re standing in the same place for hours, I think good anti fatigue mats, safety mats and drainage mats would be a better option. Iâ€™m going to wait a few more weeks before I start telling my Chef his kitchen is ill-equipped!