William S. Lerner Introduces The Safest And Easiest Way To Find Parking Garages In Greater NYC

NEW YORK CITY (December 7, 2015) – Many automotive technology features which were created to enhance safety can actually become major distractions for drivers. With 25% of all accidents being caused by driver distraction, many of them now result from user error with navigation systems.  Accident statistics surge in congested, downtown/urban areas because of drivers negotiating unfamiliar streets or looking for parking garages.  The latest hands-free/voice-command technologies allow drivers to keep their hands on the steering wheel, eyes on the road, and park safely at their destinations.

“The newest Android and Apple phones have a voice command that turns the phone on,” says William Lerner, automotive safety expert and executive consultant for iPark/Imperial Parking.  “Before approaching your vehicle, to find the nearest iPark garage, these are the steps to follow with a Galaxy S6 Edge (for example):  ‘OK, Google...Open Google Maps...OK, Google...Navigate to the nearest iPark’.  These simple steps will get you to your destination in the fastest, safest way possible.”

Voice-command navigation works the same way using Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, which will soon become the model of in-car navigation systems.  Available heads-up displays (navigation projected directly onto the windshield above the steering wheel) place turn-by-turn directions in front of your car, eliminating the need to look at the navigation screen on or in your dashboard.  Whether visiting NYC from a local area or out-of-state, this technology will safely navigate to the iPark garage closest to your destination.

About iPark:

Founded by Jack Lerner, Imperial Parking Systems, now iPark, has been in the parking business for over 60 years, and is currently New York’s largest family-owned parking garage.  Imperial Parking Systems began with a single 25-car lot and Lerner’s commitment to service and attention to detail. Decades later, iPark stands as a growing monument to the vision of its founder. With over 100 parking facilities throughout metro New York - and still growing - iPark is a pinnacle of service in the parking industry. www.ipark.com.


1)    Thanksgiving and Christmas are the most significant cooking equipment fire days of the year.
          • Limit guests in kitchen who are unfamiliar with the environment.
          • Dim lighting and libations exponentially exacerbate the dangers.
2)    Limit distraction when the stove is on, warming up or cooling down.
          • This includes phone activity, television, texting, turning to speak to guests, etc.
          • You can’t multitask effectively.
3)    Don’t make the cooking area attractive to children.
          • Keep cookies, cookbooks, flowers and other items that would attract attention
            to the area away from the cooking zone.
4)    Remember that paper ignites at 451F without a flame.
          • Be mindful when using cookbooks or recipes from magazines.
5)    Gas cooking equipment needs to have a Residual Heat Indicator to indicate when the grates
       are hot after use, and safe to touch or clean.
          • Quickly touching the grate to ascertain the temperature can cause a severe burn.
          • Manufacturers have the technology and ability to do use RHIs, but have chosen not to.

1)     Treat fireplaces as if they are always hot.
2)    There is no way to tell whether or not a mesh screen, grate or barrier is hot.
3)    Glass-fronted fireplaces can remain dangerously hot 45 minutes after shut-down.
          • The current maximum temperature allowed for these units is 1,328F!
4)    On glass-front fireplaces, glass barrier does not prevent heat transfer.
          • This is NOT like the window on an oven door.
          • Some are decorative, some heat producing.
          • There are no visual cues to distinguish between the two.
5)    Keep all fireplace tools out of children’s reach.
6)    Damaged or bent screens must be replaced.
          • Any dents put the grate/mesh closer to the dangerously hot glass.
7)    Maintain a safe distance from the unit.
          • If not secured, children can move the grate/barrier which may grow dangerously hot, and         result in a full body burn if the grate/barrier falls on them.

If Burn Occurs
1)    Go to the emergency room, nearest treat-and-release or urgent care center.
2)    If it is a bad burn, call 911. Second and third degree burns can be very painful, and
painkillers are often given immediately.


-- Media Invited to Speak with the Designer Himself and Preview Handmade Treasures --     

Baz Persaud, prestigious international designer of luxury jewelry, will be revealing his latest collection of handmade designs at Greenwich’s Manfredi Jewels on Saturday, October 24th. Media and attendees will have the special opportunity to meet Persaud and preview his Fall Collection, as well as have him create custom designs.

A portion of Saturday’s proceeds will benefit Cabrini Missions, a child-centered charity that Baz Persaud, Inc. owner William S. Lerner holds close to his heart. In addition, a partnership between Lerner and Billy4Kids (a charity providing shoes for children all over the world) was also formed to raise awareness of Cabrini Missions and the comprehensive healthcare, childcare, education and agricultural development it provides to those affected by the HIV/AIDS and TB pandemics in Swaziland.  

Designed with the utmost attention to detail, elegance and timeless style, Baz Persaud works with some of the most prestigious retailers and companies in the U.S. and Europe. Aiming to consistently create the finest handcrafted and bespoke jewelry available, Baz Persaud hand-finishes each piece at his atelier.  For more information on Baz Persaud and his latest designs, please visit www.BazPersaud.com.

Saturday October 24th, 2015, 10:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.

Manfredi Jewels - 121 Greenwich Ave.  Greenwich, CT 06830

The Unspoken Dangers in the Home

NEW YORK CITY (September 24, 2015) – Chances are you use a gas cooktop in your kitchen on a daily basis. Whether it’s cooking a family meal or boiling water for tea, the gas cooktop has become so ingrained in everyday life that the safety measures surrounding simple tasks are easily disregarded or overlooked.  Parents and caretakers should be more aware of the hazards that come with operating gas-powered home appliances, as burns from them are alarmingly common. For a variety of reasons– ranging from the severity of the injury to a guilty conscience by someone who feels responsible– gas cooktop-related burns often go unreported to physicians and hospitals. These accidents can and do happen every day, and especially to children and seniors when their caretakers are preoccupied with other responsibilities.

“It only takes one second at 167 degrees Fahrenheit for a contact burn, and less time for both children and the elderly who have similar delayed-reaction issues,” states inventor and patent holder, William S. Lerner. “Many caregivers feel guilty when a loved one experiences these burns, but we are now learning these horrendous events can stem from the dangers present in the appliances themselves. Grates on cooktops stay dangerously hot after use, but unlike glass/ceramic cooktops, no current make or model of gas cooktop offers any visual indication of lingering, hazardous heat placed in the center of the danger zone.”

William S. Lerner is a known expert on pediatric burn prevention, and the mastermind of residual heat indicator technology for gas-powered cooktops and fireplaces. Lerner’s invention helps consumers prevent burns caused by the lingering heat of gas-powered appliances. Manufacturers can easily implement light guide technology to create a “warning light” (residual heat indicator) at the center of each burner area, alerting the user when a surface is still hot. This small change in a product’s design creates an unmistakable warning, and can prevent many from placing a body part on or near a dangerously hot surface. Lerner’s technology is proven, vetted and readily available to all gas cooktop manufacturers. His pioneering work in sensing and displays is not limited to gas cooktops and fireplaces. But he did choose to start in the consumer sector, where eleven million gas fireplaces are being used, and over three million gas ranges and eight million outdoor gas grills are sold every year. Since the early 1900s when gas stoves first became popular in the US, no effective residual heat technologies have been implemented. Lerner’s residual heat sensing technologies have been internationally acknowledged by Dr. Yogendra Kumar Mishra who said, “Our pioneering work from Kiel University, combined with display technology from William S. Lerner, offers a comprehensive package for nanomaterials in sensing, detection, and others applications.''

“The medical treatment of hand burns is time intensive, costly, and painful and often requires long term therapy of the hand,” stated Dr. Steven Moulton, Director of Burn and Trauma programs at The Children’s Hospital Colorado. “The physical and emotional pain and trauma these children experience from the initial injury, the skin grafting which can be required and the serial casting necessary to obtain best possible outcome not only affects the child but the entire family.”

Protecting children and the elderly from unaddressed hazards in the home should be a top priority. It is alarming that there is scientific evidence proving the severity and commonality of cooktop-related burns, however manufacturers have yet to take steps that could prevent thousands of burn accidents from occurring each year. It is up to consumers to voice their concern, and demand an industry-wide change: gas cooktops made safer with residual heat indicators.

“Burn prevention is a topic that is very rarely spoken about– I am here to change that. My technology enables a simple fix to a problem that will continue to affect our loved ones, so long as there are gas cooktops,” says Lerner. “This issue will remain ignored until we shine a very bright and public light on it, and I’m not one to sit like a spectator when people are repeatedly suffering preventable injuries. Let’s motivate gas-powered appliance manufacturers to take a proactive step that ensures safer homes and families everywhere.”

About William S. Lerner

William S. Lerner is an American inventor, entrepreneur and philanthropist who has been awarded with 14 U.S. patents in the consumer and industrial sectors. At six years old, Lerner designed a dome umbrella, which was later manufactured. In 2001, he completed the design for an automatically rocking stroller, eventually selling the patent to a manufacturer. Most recently, Lerner’s excessive temperature warning patents for glass-fronted gas fireplaces and gas ranges/cooktops has earned the attention of major appliance manufacturers, plus praise from many burn centers, hospitals and The Harvard School of Public Health for a simple but effective approach to burn prevention and mitigation. Lerner is also a globally published author through the International Society for Optics and Photonics (SPIE).  Lerner is the President and Co-founder of Baz Persaud, Inc., a line of luxury, bespoke and handcrafted jewelry based in New York. Lerner leads the company’s philanthropic endeavors including an array of charities, their primary affiliation with Cabrini Ministries, which oversees an orphanage in Swaziland. His passion for and extensive knowledge of luxury jewelry and watches make him a go-to expert who regularly contributes to horological publications.

For media inquiries or to schedule an interview with William S. Lerner to learn more about his patents and light guide technology, contact Orange County-based PR agency DRIVEN Public Relations, 951-719-1040 or email gabby@drivenpublicrelations.com.