Just Blinds LTD and Child Safety

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BBSA make it safe campaign supported by CAPT

It is officially child safety week! To give you a run down, child safety week is organised annually by the Child Accident Prevention Trust (CAPT) and supports the British Blinds and Shutter Association (BBSA) campaign. The idea behind the campaign is to educate and build confidence around the risks of child safety in blinds. CAPT have supported the BBSA’s make it safe campaign, since it started in 2009 and together, provide excellent advice on keeping children safe when it comes to blind installation.

You may be thinking, what is the problem and how can children be affected by the simple structure of a blind? To answer the question, it is proven that simple accidents are one of the biggest killers in England and Wales, second only to cancer. A statistic highlighted by CAPT states that one child under the age of 5 dies every week in England from an accident at home.

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Child safety device to secure cords

In 2014 it became a law that any blinds with manual cord control, must be fitted with a cord retainer (child safety device) at least 1.5M from the floor. This was to prevent the risk of strangulation with small children. Since this regulation came into place, manufacturers have brainstormed numerous ideas 0n how they can continue manufacturing a safe product.

What do we do at Just Blinds LTD to ensure our services remain child friendly:

First of all, we are proud to say we are accredited members of the BBSA. The BBSA is the only national trade association for companies that manufacture, supply and install blinds, shutters, awnings and motor control systems. The BBSA keeps us up to date with changes to standards, requirements and best practices while highlighting the importance of child safety in blinds.

At Just Blinds you can feel rest assured, on every job with manual cord operation, we ensure our fitters install a safety device which allows cords to be secured and not pose a possible safety threat. Alternatively, some of our corded blinds come with safety features such as breakaway condensers. The idea behind these devices is for the cord to break apart as soon as too much pressure is applied to the cord, preventing all risks of strangulation as previously mentioned.

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Secured cords and chains on a Vertical Blind

Roman blinds, previously made with numerous looped cords that run along the back of the fabric have been changed and altered to have their own built in breakaway clips. This takes away maximum danger to any young child and you can still achieve the soft and homely look a roman brings to any house.

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For blinds manufactured before 2014, you are able to install your own child safety clip to secure all corded blinds. We are giving away free child safety devices at our showroom to help support the cause so please come get yours while still available!

Finally, we can fully assure, all members of our team are trained in child safety regulations and would be able to advise on any queries you may have. We are doing our part this week to raise awareness regarding any legislation and regulations involving child safety.

For more information on child safety in blinds, curtains, shutters and awnings, please contact the friendly Just Blinds team on:

Cannock: 01543 274 207

Stafford: 01785 556 424

 

What blinds are best for kitchens?

When choosing blinds for your kitchen, this can be a difficult task in terms of knowing which blind style to choose. By making this decision, you have to consider all factors including moisture, grease, damp and spillages. The last thing you want to do is spend your hard earned money on a blind that will potentially get ruined from daily chores in the kitchen.

So which style should you look out for you may ask? There are a variation of styles that would be suitable for your beloved kitchens; as long as the material they’re made out of are moisture resistant. 

Moisture resistant materials are available in the following:

Roller blinds are a great addition to any room in your house; and can be made with moisture resistant materials making them perfect for your kitchens. Available in a range of different fabric ranges with stylish designs, exciting patterns and versatile colours. You can personalise your roller blinds to suit you and your kitchen. 

Vertical Blinds can customise any domestic or commercial premises and offer fantastic control over filtering light into the room. Verticals are an attractive and affordable option for your kitchen and can be made out of moisture resistant materials and also be coated with flame retardant or be manufactured as solar protective.They are also very easy to operate with your choice of a chain or a wand. A classic choice for your home or office (and in particular, kitchen!)

If you love the idea of wooden venetians in your home but are worried about how moisture may affect your wooden slats, faux wooden venetians are your best bet. They replicate wooden venetians but use a faux wood material so are perfect for areas with high moisture levels (and they look great too!). They still offer the privacy and light control you desire but are made out of high quality PVC and emulate a sophisticated wood grain or contemporary smooth grain. A great alternative for your kitchen. 

Like faux venetians, our vinyl shutters can also be made out of faux wood, making them a picture perfect alternative to real wooden shutters. Vinyl shutters still offer the benefit of the practical features designed for light and privacy control and can be catered to all shapes and sizes. Safe from moisture, vinyl shutters are perfect for your kitchen and easy to operate. 

If you are looking for more information on what blinds would be suitable for moisture prone environments, please contact the knowledgeable and friendly Just Blinds team for all your blinds, shutters and curtains on: 

Cannock: 01543 274 207

Stafford: 01785 556 424