Title:
CHILDSEAT ALARM
Kind Code:
A1


Abstract:
The present invention is a container for a picture frame capable of withstanding temperatures of 500-1000° F. for 15 to 20 minutes that employs the use of water as its main protectant. The present invention works on the property of the phase change of water from a liquid to a gas. During the phase change the temperature of the water will remain constant until all of the water has changed to gas. At sea level this temperature is about 212° F. of 100° C. Tests showing that most photographic paper can withstand temperatures of this magnitude. This test involved putting a picture is a water tight plastic baggie and submerging it in boiling water for 20 minutes. The photograph emerged unchanged.



Inventors:
Magallanes, Vincent (Palmdale, CA, US)
Flowers, John (Lancaster, CA, US)
Application Number:
11/308974
Publication Date:
12/06/2007
Filing Date:
06/01/2006
Primary Class:
Other Classes:
220/560.01, 312/409
International Classes:
A47G1/06
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Primary Examiner:
HOGE, GARY CHAPMAN
Attorney, Agent or Firm:
GREENBERG & LIEBERMAN, LLC (WASHINGTON, DC, US)
Claims:
What is claimed is:

1. A fire proof frame, comprising: An outer container; a base plate in communication with said outer container; and an interior frame in communication with said base plate.

2. The device of claim 1, wherein said outer container further comprises a bottom piece; at least two side pieces in communication with said bottom piece; a front piece in communication with said at least two side pieces and with said bottom piece; a back piece in communication with said at least two side pieces and with said bottom piece; a cap in communication with said at least two side, with said front piece and with said back piece; and a valve in communication with said cap.

3. The device of claim 1, wherein said base plate further comprises a bottom piece; at least two support rods in communication with said bottom piece; and a top piece in communication with said at least two support rods.

4. The device of claim 1, wherein said internal frame further comprises a front piece; a spacer in communication with said front piece; a back piece in communication with said spacer; and a cap in communication with said front piece, with said spacer and with said back piece.

5. The device of claim 1 wherein said base plate is within said outer container.

6. The device of claim 1, wherein said internal frame is attached to said base plate within said outer container.

7. The device of claim 1, wherein said outer container is filled with water.

8. The device of claim 1, wherein said base plate is heavy enough to keep said internal frame from floating.

9. The device in claim 2, wherein said bottom piece, said at least two side pieces, said front piece, said back piece and said cap are all attached via a conventional waterproof adhesive.

10. The device in claim 2, wherein said valve is a pressure release valve.

11. The device of claim 2, wherein said front piece has at least one hook and loop fastener to attach a conventional decorative frame.

12. The device of claim 3, wherein said at least two supports rods are cylindrical in shape.

13. The device of claim 3, wherein said top piece is slightly smaller than said bottom piece.

14. The device of claim 4, wherein said front piece is ¼ inch.

15. The device of claim 4, wherein said back piece is ¼ inch.

16. The device of claim 4, wherein said spacer is ⅛ inch.

17. The device of claim 4, wherein said spacer is U shaped.

18. A decorative stand for displaying a fire proof frame, comprising: a base; and a display surface in communication with said base.

19. The device of claim 18, wherein said surface is at a right angle.

20. The device of claim 19, wherein said surface cradles the fire proof frame.

Description:

FIELD OF THE INVENTION

The present invention is a child car seat alarm to remind the user that there is a child in the backseat of the automobile when their destination has been reached. For use in any automobile carrying a child within.

BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION

Having a child is a job that demanded attention 100% of the time. And once upon a time that was actually possible. However, today many people have many other items on their agenda that must be completed regardless of the baby's needs. Thus, today many people, bring their child or children with them to run errands, to their jobs or even out for entertainment. While carrying out these tasks it is very easy to become preoccupied with what needs to be done that the children become an after thought. Forgetting a child in an automobile after reaching one's destination, is a common result of the situation. This becomes a problem when the weather conditions outside of the automobile is less than user friendly. Too hot or too cold can cause many problems and complications for the child ranging from illness to death. Thus, there is a need for a system, electronic or otherwise, to remind the user that a child in the backseat must be removed and not forgotten.

U.S. Pat. No. 3,709,169 issued to Gauger, Jr. et al. on Jan. 9, 1973 shows fire proof container for the purpose of housing and protecting valuables. Unlike the present invention Gauger's invention does not provide a method to display the items within it.

U.S. Pat. No. 4,223,739 issued to Waters on Sep. 23, 1980 shows a picture frame with fire extinguishing means associated therewith. Unlike the present invention Waters's invention is only fire proof on its back side and is not intended to protect the picture within but rather is intended to extinguish fires and provide heat protection for the user while in use. Additionally unlike the present invention, Waters's invention has a fire extinguisher located within. Additionally Waters's invention does not employ the use of water as a protectant against fire.

U.S. Pat. No. 5,515,628 issued to Rankin on May 14, 1996 shows a fire resistant jacket for use in a method of framing a picture. Unlike the present invention Rankin's invention does not employ the use of water as a protectant against fire.

Therefore a need has been established for a photograph frame that is capable of withstanding the heat produced by a fire and in turn protecting the photograph within it using water.

Additionally there is a need for a photograph frame that will protect against fire using water and still allow the photograph within to be viewable without distortion.

SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION

The present invention is a container for a picture frame capable of withstanding temperatures of 500-1000° F. for 15 to 20 minutes that employs the use of water as its main protectant.

The present invention works on the property of the phase change of water from a liquid to a gas. During the phase change the temperature of the water will remain constant until all of the water has changed to gas. At sea level this temperature is about 212° F. of 100° C. Tests showing that most photographic paper can withstand temperatures of this magnitude. This test involved putting a picture is a water tight plastic baggie and submerging it in boiling water for 20 minutes. The photograph emerged unchanged.

The present invention has two separate glass containers. The outer container is filled with water and holds the inner thin glass frame. The outer container is then fitten with a cap equipped with a pressure release valve which opens when the water begins to boil. The inner container is a simple water tight glass picture frame which is mounted to a base unit that keeps the picture centered within the main glass container. It is estimated that the present invention will provide fifteen to twenty minutes of protection in temperatures of 500° F. to 1000° F. once the water has reached its boiling point. Once the water has boiled off the present invention offers no fire protection. It is estimated that in most home fire situations, the fire is brought under control or extinguished within the present invention's effective time limits.

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS

FIG. 1 is a front view of the main container of the present invention.

FIG. 2 is a side view of the main container of the present invention.

FIG. 3 is a side view of the spacer between front and rear glass plates of the internal frame of the present invention.

FIG. 4 is a side view of the internal frame of the present invention.

FIG. 5 is a front view of the base plate of the present invention.

FIG. 6 is a front view of the internal frame mounted on the base plate.

FIG. 7 is a front view of the internal frame, with water tight cap, mounted on the base plate and inserted into the main container.

FIG. 8 is a front view of the internal frame mounted on the base plate and inserted into the main container with the cap attached.

FIG. 9 is a front view of the present invention.

FIG. 10 is a side view of a stand for the present invention.

DETAILED DESCRIPTION OF THE INVENTION

The present invention is a container for a picture frame capable of withstanding temperatures of 500-1000° F. for 15 to 20 minutes that employs the use of water as its main protectant.

FIG. 1 shows the outer container (1) of the present invention having an outer bottom section (10), first outer side (20), second outer side (30), front panel (40)(better shown in FIG. 2) and back panel (50)(better shown in FIG. 2). First and second outer sides (20 and 30) are glass in material and attached to outer bottom section (10), also made of glass, at opposite ends at a 90° angle via any conventional waterproof adhesive means. Front panel (40) made of glass and is attached to the front faces of first and second outer sides (20 and 30) and outer bottom panel (10) via and conventional waterproof adhesive means. Back panel (40) is made of glass and is attached to the rear faces of first and second outer sides (20 and 30) and outer bottom panel (10) via and conventional waterproof adhesive means.

FIG. 2 shows a better view of front panel (40) and back panel (50) as it is attached to first and second outer side (20 and 30) and the outer bottom section (10).

As shown in FIGS. 3 and 4 the internal frame (60) has two ¼″ panels of glass, front and back, internal front panel (70) and internal back panel (80) separated by a ⅛″ glass spacer (90). The glass spacer (90) is “U” shaped to allow any desired photo to be inserted between internal front panel (70) and internal back panel (80). Internal front panel (70), glass spacer (90) and internal back panel (80) are all attached together via any conventional waterproof adhesive means. FIG. 3 shows the U shaped glass spacer (90) and FIG. 4 shows a side view of the internal front panel (70), glass spacer (90) and internal back panel (80) all attached.

FIG. 5 is a front view of the base plate (100) in which the internal frame (60) is attached to. Base plate (100) has a bottom piece (110), two spacer supports, first spacer support (120) and second spacer support (130) attached at a 90° angle to bottom piece (110) and a top piece (140). Bottom piece (100) is long enough to fit snuggly at the bottom of the outer container (1) between first and second outer sides (20 and 30) just on top of outer bottom section (10).

FIG. 6 shows the internal frame (60) fixedly attached to the base plate (100). After the desired photo is placed within the internal frame (60) a metal, watertight cap (150) is placed on the top to create a water tight seal around the photo.

In FIG. 7 it is shown that once the internal frame (60) is connected to base plate (100), the whole assembly is then placed within the outer container (1). Water is then put into the outer container (1). Base plate (100) is weighted so that internal frame (60) does not float to the top.

Once the water has been placed inside the outer container (1) a metal, watertight cap (160) with a pressure release valve (170) is placed on top as shown in FIG. 8. this watertight cap (160) creates an air and water tight seal to prevent evaporation or leaking of the outer container (1). The use of pressure release valve (170) on the watertight cap (160) is employed so that during a fire, when the water within begins to boil and changes from a liquid to a gas the gas has somewhere to go.

FIG. 9 shows that the present invention, while employing the use of hook and loop fasteners (180), is capable of attaching a conventional decorative frame to the exterior of the outer container (1). Although this is a possibility the present invention does not offer any protection from the fire to the conventional decorative frame.

The present invention can be displayed in a variety of manners. Everything from hanging on the wall, mounting within a wall, shelf or table display. To aid in the display on a shelf, table or conceivably any horizontal surface desired, the present invention has a display stand showed in FIG. 10. Display stand (200) has a main base (210) and a resting surface (220) that is formed into a 90° angle providing the capability to cradle the present invention. Additionally the display stand (200) similarly to the decorative frame is for decoration purposes only and the present invention does not provide any protection against fire.

Although the present invention can be many different sizes and dementions it is preferred that the present invention adhere to the following guidelines and that any variation will change respectively and to scale:

Components of outer container (1)

Outer bottom section (10)—9″ wide, ½″ thick and 2½′ deep

First and second outer side (20 and 30)—10″ tall and ½″ thick

Front and back panels (40 and 50)−10½″ tall, 9″ wide and ¼″ thick

Watertight cap w/pressure release valve (160)—9″ wide, 2″ tall and 2½″ deep

Components of internal frame (60)

Front and back panel (70 and 80)—8″ tall, 7″ wide and ¼″ thick

U shaped spacer (90)—8″ tall, 7″ wide and ⅛″ thick

Watertight cap (150)—7″ wide, ½″ tall and 2½″ deep

Components of base plate (100)

Bottom piece (110)—8″ wide, ¼″ thick and 2½″ deep

Support spacers (120 and 130)— 1/1″ thick and 1½″ tall

Top piece (140)—7″ wide, ¼″ thick and 2½″ deep

Approximate weight at these dimensions when filled with water—10 lbs.

Having illustrated the present invention, it should be understood that various adjustments and versions might be implemented without venturing away from the essence of the present invention. The present invention is not limited to the embodiments described above, and should be interpreted as any and all embodiments within the scope of the following claims.