Barriers That Bring Us Closer
Frederick Smith’s voice is recognizable to many, having served as the emcee for some of life’s most important moments for many Brevard County residents. He was known as DJ “Frederick the Entertainer” for more than 20 years in his pre-pandemic life.
But this past spring, with weddings, proms, and corporate events scaled down or cancelled due to COVID, Smith decided to make a career change.
His new company, Safeguard My Biz, manufactures freestanding sneeze guards, social distancing barriers, full-cover face shields, and a portable wheelchair/rollator protection barrier, all made from acrylic.
Smith, an Army veteran and an entrepreneur at heart, works alongside his wife and office manager, Jenna Smith, on their newest venture. The couple say they had many sleepless nights before coming up with their new business idea.
“Back in March, when all our events were cancelled, I started thinking what’s my new chapter?” Smith said. “I started doing my research and realized no one else was doing this here in Brevard.”
With all of their products manufactured right here in Brevard, the Smiths are proud to provide solutions to help businesses get back to work in a safe manner. They realize business owners are looking to protect both their employees and their customers. Local clients include Odyssey Charter School, Lexus of Melbourne, Acura of Melbourne, The Melbourne Chamber of Commerce, and Prestige Cardiology.
Safeguard My Biz recently introduced a new product to their ever growing lineup — an acrylic wheelchair/rollator protection barrier. The barrier is a unique option for nursing homes, assisted living facilities, rehab centers, and hospitals looking for a safe way to allow visitors back into their facilities.
“We were talking with a friend about not being able to visit her mother in a nursing home,” Jenna Smith said. “She knew we were making sneeze guards from acrylic and wondered if we could make something large enough to accommodate a wheelchair.”
“We have sold the barrier to nursing homes, assisted living facilities, and medical supply companies all over,” Frederick Smith added. “This item I have created is one that no one else has.”
The barrier is made from four panels of ¼ inch thick, transparent acrylic. It helps mitigate the spread of COVID-19 and other infectious diseases by blocking the transmission of respiratory droplets. The barrier is easy to clean and disinfect and folds down for easy storage between uses. It's perfectly sized to easily allow a wheelchair or rollator to be rolled directly into it while providing that extra layer of protection between the patient and their visitors.
“Now, more than ever, is the time to support locally owned businesses. Everybody right now wants acrylic,” Frederick Smith said. “These shields, masks, and barriers are part of the new norm. Why not have that extra layer of protection if it’s available.”