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'Window Blind Specialists covering the Scottish Borders and Northumberland'

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22 Woodmarket

Kelso | TD5 7AX

01573 224076

     62 Bridge Street

  Berwick | TD15 1AQ

        01289 304848

      3 Tower Knowe

   Hawick | TD9 9DQ

01450 376730

To ensure your window blinds are child safe, Your Local Blind Man fully conforms to British Standards.

 

If you have young children, we encourage you to consider the small safety features that can be added to your blind, to help prevent cords or chains from posing a potential hazard.

 

From cordless manual operating systems, retractable lift cords, cord tensioners and wand controls, we offer a wide array of innovative lifting system options for enhanced child and pet safety as well as especially easy operation.  

 

Child safety is a massive talking point within the window blinds industry with new EU legislation expected to be introduced in early 2014.  A new Standard, BS EN 13120:2009 (Internal Blinds – Performance Requirements Including Safety) is assisting businesses in manufacturing and supplying products which are safe for consumer use. This will require companies who are involved with the manufacturing, selling and installing of blinds to comply and making non-compliance to this standard illegal.  

 

Most accidents have involved children between 16 and 36 months old, and the majority have been in children’s bedrooms, especially where cots or beds have been close to the windows.  Children playing alone near windows or climbing on furniture are more at risk.

 

Your Local Blind Man will continue to demonstrate best practice and ensure that we advise you of the child safety options available within each product type and we will also answer any questions you may have.

 

The following checklist should help you to keep your home safe:

 

• Position furniture a safe distance away from windows to prevent children climbing too close to them

 

• Do not allow control cords or chains to hang close to cots or beds, or to gather on the floor

 

• Do not allow control cords or chains to hang free. Use one of the Child Safety products (shown below) to secure them out of reach, or consider a cordless blind system.

Safety Checklist

Control-Guard Cord Safety Device

The Control-Guard Cord Safety Device is a low cost solution for increased child safety. This simple unit, suitable for roller, roman and vertical blinds, houses the operating chains and cords, and secures against the wall.  

 

If you have existing window blinds that are not secured and you would like them to be (whether purchased from us or not) and you are prepared to fit this product yourself then please call into the showroom, where they will be provided free of charge.  

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The Easy Break Blind Chain Connector for Roller Blinds is a very simple method of allowing a continuously looped chain to become un-looped as soon as weight is exerted onto it.  All of our roller blinds are installed with these as standard.  

Easy Break Blind Chain Connector

Cord Cleat

A Cord Cleat is a simple device which is attached high onto an adjacent wall. The cords can then be completely wound around it, out of a child's reach.

 

If you have existing window blinds that are not secured and you would like them to be (whether purchased from us or not) and you are prepared to fit this product yourself then please call into the showroom, where they will be provided free of charge.  

Wand Control Verticals

The Easy Glide system for vertical blinds also eliminates the danger of children becoming entangled in cords as the blind is manufactured with a wand control. Simply pull the wand across your window to open and close the blind. To alter the amount of light entering your room, you can rotate the louvres by twisting the wand. Alternatively if you already have a vertical blind installed in your home and want to make it a safer environment for your children, you can house the operating chain and cord in an easy to fit Control Guard Unit.

The Uni Wand combines tilting, raising and lowering of the Venetian blind into one control. When the blind is raised, lift cords can be wrapped around the cleats, eliminating free-hanging cords.

Uni Wand Venetians

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3 Tower Knowe, Hawick, TD9 9DQ - 01450 376730

 

22 Woodmarket, Kelso, TD5 7AX - 01573 224076