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Ex-Suffern Resident's Invention Makes Heading Back To School Safer

Gary Castelle, inventor of www.Safe-Flash.com.
Gary Castelle, inventor of www.Safe-Flash.com. Photo Credit: Submitted

SUFFERN, N.Y. -- Gary Castelle, a former Suffern resident, is on a mission to make walking to school safer.

Castelle, an inventor best known for his SIll Shield windowsill protector, and president of Greenwood Lake, N.Y. based Magnum Plastics Inc., has come up with a solution for cars and other vehicles to clearly see kids when they are crossing the street.

"Back in my day there were several children hit by cars coming to and from school or waiting for the bus," he said. "All these years later, I recall one in particular that occurred just across the street from the then new, Montebello Elementary School, where two girls I knew were hit. With things like that in mind, I developed the Safe-Flash Reflector."

Castelle's theory: Just about every student carries some kind of backpack, book bag or computer bag to school and though many of them are black, few have any reflective surfaces built in. Safe-Flash reflectors, constructed from the highest quality reflective material -- "The same stuff that is required by law on 18-wheelers," said Castelle -- make walking to school or waiting for the bus safer for all kids.

The reflectors, he said, are easy to attach with Velcro and can be wrapped around any strap, string or wire.

In addition, they are made in the USA, are weatherproof and so ultra-lightweight they can even be used on headphone wires. The special resistant surface cleans with a just a wipe no matter how dirty they get. And, they come in a variety of shapes and colors with the bone shape being the most popular.

They are also, affordable, at $2 each with free shipping. Go to www.Safe-Flash.com/ for more information.

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