What these findings mean for the common citizen is that unless you are of a tall stature you will not be able to open any doors without help, short of the latch being not quite secured. Persons must be of a height greater than 2’11” to even stand a chance.
I personally called both Schlage and Kwikset, two of the largest manufacturers of door locks and deadbolts in North America for their reaction to the study but both refused to acknowledge me and soon hung up. It’s like I wasn’t even speaking English or something. Can’t they understand my questions? I guess my questions are just too perplexing.
Showerheads posed an even more troubling problem. Although the controls were all only a bit above eye-level, the spigot dumps out from a height of about three stories up. The pressure is all wrong by the time it falls that far and it’s simply impossible to consider it much more effective than lukewarm rain.
Minimum height to get any benefit from a showerhead is absurdly around four feet. That would only help me if I was ten times older or had a wicked glandular disorder.
Makers of these products should take heed that their inequalities have not gone unnoticed. If they want my vote they’re going to have to think about the little people too.
While Gary Neuman may not be the biggest advocate for short people, he’s still made great strides towards raising awareness. The torch has been handed off and as long as we don’t burn our tiny little fingers it is our responsibility to carry it as far as we can.
* Study has a 2% margin for error.