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  • Reducing Infant Hazards At Home

    Posted on 11th November 2011 by Chris.

    The Door Guardian

    Babies and toddlers are notoriously explorative. They like to amble around the house, showing interest in all manner of objects, unaware of what is safe to touch, and what could actually cause them harm. By taking a look around any home, you will inevitably be able to spot areas that could put a child at risk of injury.  The home can be a dangerous place for them to exercise their curiosities, but there are many products on the market that can make it less hazardous to your inquisitive youngsters. The first problems to be on the lookout for are objects that are, even if only partly, within reach of a little one, such as a lamp placed on a side table, a radiator or a window blind with low hanging cords, that could fall or have parts that could do some harm to a child. As a solution for each of these given examples, you can obtain electric cable shorteners that will help keep the cables that are required for appliances out of the way to avoid tripping, electric shock or strangulation and may also prevent them falling off their base. Another precaution is to stop a toddler from burning themselves on a hot radiator by purchasing a radiator cover that will not only act as a barrier between the hot surface and the child, it could improve décor by having something aesthetically better than a normal radiator. The Perfect Playthings Radiator Cover from Safetots is a padded fabric cover for water filled radiators that is available in various colours, while Jali can provide made-to-measure covers and cabinets in a style to suit your tastes. In addition, the installation of Controliss cordless motorised Roller blinds would make your home safer for young children. Our wireless remote control blinds have full remote control operation, giving you, not only exceptionally convenient window blind control; but with no need for draw cords, there are no worries about younger children damaging the blinds or, more importantly, hurting themselves. Accidents also occur when larger pieces of furniture topple over which, needless to say, can cause serious injury. A simple way to avoid this happening is to attach furniture straps to the wall and at each end of the back of your furniture where they can be hidden from view. In their inquisitive nature, toddlers will also try to open many doors, cupboards and cabinets. This can be bothersome as, once they are opening doors, they could wander outside, access cupboards containing dangerous objects like cleaning chemicals or glass, or they could hurt their fingers by shutting the door on them. There are many different locks that would present great difficulty to infants trying to gain entry to certain cupboards, cabinets, draws and even a fridge or oven, but are easy to use by adults. And for larger doors, there are door stoppers that will prevent the door from closing on little fingers and can simply be pushed onto the door edge without the need for screws or adhesive. If you are worried about your child opening the front door and wondering outdoors, The Door Guardian is designed to resist forced entry and so is very capable of stopping a child who cannot reach it from opening the door. For anyone who can reach it, the Door Guardian is merely moved aside to allow the door to open. It is suitable for other external doors too, such as a balcony door. A common piece of baby safety equipment is the baby monitor, however these have moved on from being able to just listen to a child in another room, now mums and dads can watch, as well as hear, their baby on a monitor using a camera that is placed in the baby's room, some of which even include a night vision vision mode. The advancement and design of home child safety products give parents many more options, concerning the protection of their child. The result of this is that there is less need for them to be anxious when the toddlers are roaming around the house; playing, discovering and growing.

    This Post was posted in Child Safety and was tagged with child, cordless, door, home, infant, radiator, Remote Control, roller, safety, toddlers, window blind

  • ROSPA Blinds Cord Campaign Highlighted on BBC Breakfast

    Posted on 1st November 2011 by Chris.

    The BBC's Breakfast show today highlighted the tragic case of toddler Emily Warner. The two year old who was found by her father, unconscious and hanging in blinds cords in her bedroom at the families home in Royston, Hertfordshire. Emily's mother appeared on BBC's Breakfast show with a RoSPA representative and highlighted RoSPA's hugely important 'Blind Cord Safety Campaign' which is calling upon UK window blinds retailers and manufacturers to take the incentive and manufacture, distribute and retail blinds to the general public without the looped cords that can cause harm and sometimes fatal injury to children through accidental strangulation.

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    This Post was posted in Child Safety and was tagged with blind, blinds, campaign, child, cords, rospa, safety

  • Classroom Control

    Posted on 21st June 2011 by Chris.

    The Controliss collection of beautifully designed motorised window blinds with the sophistication and elegance of one-touch remote control of window coverings are a real hit with home owners throughout the UK. Although, it is not just home owners who can benefit from the smart aesthetics and practicality of our window blinds. Educational facilities also find remote control Roller blinds to be an extremely worthwhile proposition. While fitting neatly into any classroom, the blinds could serve multiple purposes in assisting the teachers with their efforts to educate pupils. A common purpose for window coverings in the home, especially properties that are close to public roads for example, is to give privacy by obstructing the view into the window. Privacy may too be one of the reasons to put blinds up in a classroom, but the barrier produced can also prevent the people inside from watching what is going on outside. This is particularly helpful in schools with younger pupils, since it is a regular occurrence that teachers struggle to maintain their pupils' attention while there is something outside that attracts interest. The other principal aim when window blinds are installed, is to gain control over the sunlight present in the room. This is where the Controliss electric window blinds bestow the top-level of convenience to it's users within a school, college or other learning environment. Projectors are a common tool used by teachers to present slide-shows, educational videos and other media to their pupils; but are much less effective when sunlight is making the projections difficult to see. The Blackout Roller Blind fabrics are available in varying colours, to comply with the décor of a room or even a lecture theatre, whilst also darkening it to give a clear view of the projection on display or any other demonstration that requires a dimmed room. And to return the natural light to the room, all blinds can be lifted again with the single push of a button. Since Controliss Roller Blinds are all remote controlled, they eliminate the need to access any draw cords or control chains to block or permit the sunlight, meaning they are ideal for parts of a building with high-level windows. The added benefit of having no draw cords is that extra safety is given to younger children who could potentially injure themselves from getting tangled in such cords. Our cordless roller blinds do not need to be confined to classrooms and lecture rooms; the stylishness and functionality of remote control blinds make them a welcome addition other areas of the facility, such as the labs, halls, canteens and kitchens. The end of the school year is fast approaching, and the school holidays may be the opportune time to get the rooms spruced up with a new set of Controliss electric shades.

    This Post was posted in Motorised Blinds and was tagged with blinds, child, classroom, control, controliss, cord, cordless, remote, roller, safe, safety, school, schools, window, window coverings

  • Create A Home work Haven for Children

    Posted on 15th November 2010 by jenny.

    When we think about childrens rooms, we often think about bedrooms and playrooms. However, if you have school-aged children, it would be a great idea to design a practical work space for them to do their home work and other creative endeavours. What better way to inspire them to do their best work than designing a home work space dedicated entirely for their creative and school-related pursuits. Whether they are five years old starting junior school or 18 and ready for university, here's how to make the best home work space that will motivate your children to study hard. Work with Them The first rule is to consult your children about creating a home work space for them. Working with your children to create the ideal work space for them will motivate them to use the space and claim ownership of the work space when the time comes. Together, examine the place where they are used to doing their homework. What characteristics of the present space do they love? Which elements don’t they like? Perhaps they like to spread their stuff on a kitchen table. Maybe they like having you close by so they consult you with their homework. Make a list of what they want in a workspace and then make sure that these traits are included in their workspace. Location, location, location Now that you have a good idea of your childs likes and dislikes, it’s time to find the perfect location for this workspace. For younger kids who’ll need you close by, you may need to carve out a space near the kitchen or dining room so you can supervise their homework. Older children may be more independent and need some place quiet and away from other family members to concentrate such as their bedroom. Let them choose the space so they will be more encouraged to use the area. Child-Friendly Furniture After you have decided with the location, include essential furniture such as a comfortable desk chair that is ergonomically friendly. Include storage areas to keep the space neat and clean. You could customise file cabinets and make it more child-friendly by adding fun stencils or stickers. If space is an issue, there are many inventive ways that you can transform furniture into storage, such as using a workbench with cubby holes. The workbench can even accommodate a friend while they are working on school projects. Comfort is Key With the furniture and storage in place, you can make the place comfortable. If your children are allowed to work with a laptop or a computer, ensure that the problem of glare is addressed. Don’t risk eyestrain for your children and purchase glare-preventing child safe window blinds, such as the Controliss blackout Roller blinds in Oscuro Petal Bloom or Oscuro Sapphire. If you want a neutral shade, blackout Roller blinds in Oscuro Cream will work well in any room. A desk light is also important to complement the ambient light in the workspace location. After you have fitted your childs home work haven, allow them to accessorise their space with their very own artworks and knickknacks. Personalising their own space will help them enjoy the area more. An attractive place filled with light and colour will surely inspire your children to excel in their studies and actually look forward to doing their home work.

    This Post was posted in Roller Blinds and was tagged with bedroom, blackout, child, children, home, roller blinds, safe, safety, space

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