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  • Making your blinds and curtains “child safe”

    Posted on 25th April 2016 by admin. nursery safety

    If you have children or have children visiting your home, then you will be sure to agree that child safety in your house is paramount. Of all the rooms in your house the ones which should be the safest, nurseries, children’s playrooms and bedrooms should certainly be the top of the list. In these rooms one of the most important areas that contributes to safety are the window coverings in the room, and how they are operated. The removal of potentially dangerous blind cords or curtain ties is often overlooked with tragic repercussions. In fact, since 1999 over 30 children below the age of 5 have died following accidental strangulation with blind cords or curtain pulls. Hundreds more sustained serious injuries, all from this standard household item.

    Since 2004, RoSPA (The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents) has called upon the blind industry to take action to reduce the risks presented by blind cords and has been working to raise awareness of the safety issues they present. In February 2014 RoSPA strengthened the child safety elements in a new European standard requiring all new blinds to be “safe by design”. This covers most kinds of window covering including roller blinds, vertical blinds and pleated blinds, but also Roman blinds, panel blinds and shutters.

    Unsuitable blinds may not meet safety requirements

    Whilst this will undoubtedly make new blinds much safer, many parents and grandparents may still have unsuitable blinds in place that do not meet these safety requirements.

    According to RoSPA “most accidental deaths involving blind cords happen in the bedroom and occur in children between 16 months and 36 months old, with the majority (more than half) happening at around 23 months. These toddlers are mobile, but their heads still weigh proportionately more than their bodies compared to adults and their muscular control is not yet fully developed, which makes them more prone to be unable to free themselves if they become entangled.”

    What’s more the windpipes of toddlers in these age groups are not fully developed and as such they are more susceptible to suffocation if their neck is constricted.

    RoSPA does not recommend cutting blind cords but instead looking for a safe and permanent long term solution that removes the problem and ensures that children do not become exposed to cords.

    Electronic blinds a simple solution

    Such a simple solution would be to remove the cords entirely by installing remote controlled electric blinds or motorised curtains in all areas that children have access to. These have no dangerous cords, as the mechanism for raising, lowering and tilting the blind are all contained in a secure cartridge.

    What’s more these blinds are one of the safest window coverings around, especially if there are likely to be young children in your house.

    Electric powered window blinds were once just for the lucky few, but now they are more accessible than ever. The benefits of being able to install a battery or mains powered remote control window blind with no disruption to interior decoration are huge and because no wiring is necessary, effortless DIY installation is virtually the same as a standard blind.

    These blinds are available online and are bespoke to you simply measure your existing window space and replace a potentially dangerous corded blind with a safe and effective electric version. It is not only a sure-fire way to improve the look of your room with bespoke blinds, but it may also be a life saver.

    For more information on made to measure electronic blinds visit http://controlissblinds.co.uk.

    Sources

    British Blind and Shutter Association ROSPA

    This Post was posted in Blackout Blinds, Child Safety, Roller Blinds and was tagged with blinds, safety

  • 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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  • 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

  • Motorised Blinds for Increased Home Security

    Posted on 7th June 2011 by Chris.

    All over the world, one of the most common criminal acts is burglary. We all take a multitude of precautions in the effort of protecting our homes and offices from trespassers. To assist with these efforts, there are many home security gadgets available today that can alert home owners to a burglar's presence or prevent their intrusion entirely by creating the illusion of owner occupancy.

    As is often said, prevention is better than a cure, and many home security gadgets appear to have been made with this phrase in mind. Dependent on what you leave on display, you could be making your home into a burglar magnet or a burglar deterrent. You may have already heard of basic preventative measures such as placing alarm system stickers in the windows or putting up CCTV cameras or even imitation cameras. A tool that you may not have heard about is the Fake TV. This is a small, portable light that simulates the light effects of a real television whenever the room it is placed in starts darkening, but it uses less power than a standard lamp and so is much more eco-friendly than leaving your actual television on. Team this up with the installation of  Controliss motorised window blinds that, along with the Controliss Air30GMT timer, can be programmed to operate automatically at any time of the day, and your home is quickly a less likely target for burglary.

    When someone uninvited is on your property, you want to know about it. Common home security systems are very effective when it comes to letting your neighbours know that an alarm has been triggered in your home, but if you are at work or elsewhere, it is unlikely that you are aware of it. AlertMe Home Security Monitoring would enable you to receive an immediate alert, either by phone, text or email, when ever an intrusion is detected. Also with this system, a keyfob can be used to arm or disarm your entire AlertMe Home Monitoring kit or if you forget to do this, you can log on to your AlertMe dashboard to arm your system online or using your mobile, away from home. Another system you may not have considered, is a garden or driveway alarm. The advantage of installing one of these is that you are forewarned during the approach of any uninvited individuals. Keeping your house safe could not only be important for the safety of your possessions, but may also be for the safety of loved ones. Having effective security systems in place will give greater peace of mind to you and to those dearest to you, and so is worth a fair amount of consideration.

    This Post was posted in Motorised Blinds and was tagged with alarm, blinds, controliss, home, home security, Motorised Blinds, safety, security systems, timer

  • 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

  • Fire-Retardant Vertical Blinds for Safer Kitchens

    Posted on 19th October 2010 by jenny.

    According to a recent study by the London Fire Brigade, 60 percent of fires start in the kitchen. This statistic is even more alarming if you compare it to the fires started in other parts of the home, such as the living room (7 percent) and bedrooms (6 percent). Around 70 percent of kitchen fires arise from cooking-related accidents. With these staggering statistics, protecting your kitchen from fires should be of utmost importance. Here are a few ways that you can keep your kitchen safe for you and your family:

    1. Have your electrical wiring checked by certified electricians. Most kitchens contain too many appliances plugged into extension cords that may lead to electrical overload, so check whether your fuse-boxes, circuitry, and sockets pass modern safety standards.
    2. If your family is fond of chips, consider an electric vegetable oil fryer controlled by a thermostat which can regulate temperatures and produce no smoke. Non-electrical deep fat fryers can cause high temperatures which could lead to combustion. It only takes a few seconds of distraction for a fire to start.
    3. Ask for gas oven or boiler servicing to check if they release waste gases that could accumulate to dangerous levels. The vents and pipes should distribute waste gases such as carbon monoxide out of the kitchen. Vents and grilles should be free from obstruction. The flames of your oven or hob should be coloured blue. If it is orange, this means that there is gas build-up and should be checked at once.
    4. Make sure that matches and chemicals are placed in high or locked places so young children won’t be able to use them. Place fire extinguishers inside the kitchen, but ensure that these are placed away from the stove or heater. Fire blankets in useful places are essential to put out fires or wrap a person whose clothing has caught fire.
    5. Consider Vertical blinds in fire-retardant material, such as our Esi-Clean vertical blinds. These are available in plain and crackle finishes that can go well with any existing kitchen decorations. These low voltage electric vertical blinds are available in the ever popular 89 mm louvres. These fire-retardant vertical blinds exhibit excellent quality, style, and utility. Aside from looking great, our Esi-Clean vertical blinds are designed for complete safety against a fire outbreak inside the kitchen.

    Kitchen safety should always go with overall style. With our Esi-Clean vertical blinds collection that gives you around 20 colour choices you will achieve this ideal balance of fire safety with fashionable styling.

    This Post was posted in Vertical Blinds and was tagged with kitchen, safety, Vertical Blinds

  • Blackout Blinds for Your Little Ones

    Posted on 6th October 2010 by Lee.

    Nothing compares to the elation of finding out that you are pregnant. Once the euphoria of expecting an addition to your family settles down to quiet contentment, you are free to think about the nursery where you will spend the best times with your baby. Safety considerations must be foremost in your mind. With strict government standards, safe furniture and solutions for the nursery are readily available. We have all heard the horror stories and as a result cots, mattresses, playpens, headboards, footboards, storage, changing tables and almost every element of the room have to be audited for the safety of your child, before going on sale. Child safety is the primary consideration when creating a living environment for your child and some of the details to be mindful of are cords, straps, slats and cutouts. Our collection of blinds have passed safety standards and with a remote control, they do not have any dangling cords, loops, or side chains where a child can become  entangled. For longer periods of uninterrupted sleep, our blackout roller blinds are perfect for controlling the early morning / evening sunlight. Some of our best blackout roller blinds are the Oscuro Petal Bloom, Oscuro Monet and Oscuro Honeysuckle. Our carefully designed styles and delicate colours will compliment any nursery. Remote control blinds are the safest option for available for young children, and blackout blinds are designed to give parents greater peace and rest.

    This Post was posted in Roller Blinds and was tagged with blackout, blinds, controliss, roller blinds, safe, safety

  • Prettiest in Pink: Create the Ultimate Feminine Home with this Rose Colour!

    Posted on 31st August 2010 by jenny.

    Rubor Candy Roller Blind

    Rubor Candy Roller Fabric

    In designing a space, the feminine touch never fails to please. The female magic always works to make any home or office become delightfully alive, and no other colour says "woman" than the pink shade does. This rose colour is so dainty and so charming that it is often used as a theme hue for individual fashion styles, for events, for causes, and of course, for styling the home. There is just something so delightful about this rosy hue, that it is temptingly inevitable for any homeowner to use it in making his or her home lovelier.

    Go for the Classic Pink Mix

    You have to take care though, in choosing the right kind of pink. Overly-sweet hues, the same shade you see on candies and sweets, when used outside the nursery or child’s bedroom could make your home displeasing. For elegance and sophistication, the classic pink mix never disappoints, as it involves various shades and tones of the hue, from hot pink to pearl pink, so as to provide a colour scheme that’s balanced – both vibrant and subtle at the same time. Always test how the hues would look like in your home, especially if you’re planning to use pink on your walls or on your floor. The kind of light you have in your rooms matter too, as it may make the pink look painfully glaring or soothingly soft. Interior designers have long determined that it’s best to use pink hues with warm undertones if you wish to give your room a vibrant, blushing colour and it’s great to use pale pink for your wall backdrop and for your base. For areas at home that you use often, bright and deep pinks work best as it evokes a sense of excitement and vibrancy.

    Going for the Monochromatic Tone?

    If you fancy a monochromatic scheme, keep in mind that the pink hues work well with greys, and whites, which tone down dark pinks. Cool pinks on the other hand, go well with reds and oranges. Take care to combine warm tones though, as they tend to be too heavy on the eyes if there’s too much. If you love their fiery saturation that much, you could just pick accent pieces instead.

    Contemplating on a Complementary Scheme?

    If you’re aiming for a complementary scheme, choose a seemingly contrasting colour, like green for example, to complement your pink hues. The combination gives off a fresh spring look that’s simply visually pleasing. With this scheme, you could even play up the spring theme by adding accents like floral wallpapers or curtains with flower designs. Adding other spring-inspired feature pieces could make your pink home just perfect. Try our safe remote-controlled Roller blinds in Rubor Candy for a striped twist to this colour. Pink is a delightful colour to play with, have fun in making your home vibrant with this exciting rose colour!

    This Post was posted in Roller Blinds and was tagged with blinds, Colour & Design, home, interior design, pink, roller blinds, safe, safety

  • Hassle-Free and User-Friendly Remote-Controlled Blinds

    Posted on 17th August 2010 by jenny.

    Remote Controlled Blinds

    Remote-controlled blinds sound fancy and luxurious compared to the typical blinds with cords. However, cordless blinds are not only designed for people who simple want to easily and comfortably adjust the blinds to control the lighting in the room. Remote-controlled blinds are particularly beneficial both to the elderly and people with disabilities. The safety features of this new technology are the main reason why more and more people who live with people with disabilities prefer remote-controlled blinds to traditional ones. Since remote-controlled blinds are operated by simply pressing a button, a person who is having mobility problems can now adjust the window blinds effortlessly. There is no need to get closer to the window to adjust the blinds. With the remote control, one can always lift or lower the blinds or open the blinds from any corner of the room anytime. If the window is too difficult to reach especially for people with disabilities, remote-controlled blinds are the solution to this problem. The window blinds don’t have to stay in a single position because it can be adjusted with ease even by people who are having difficulty in moving and reaching the windows. The amount of sun rays that come from outside can be easily controlled or totally blocked off, achieving the lighting that is desired at the very moment. Also, one should no longer worry about getting tangled with blind cords that could cause accidents or harm someone who tries to adjust the blinds. If there is someone in your home that has problems with mobility, then cordless blinds will help them control the lighting in the house on their own. Because of that, you are assured that anyone in your house is safe from an accident that traditional blinds usually create.  Our new range of Roller Blinds are completely cord free and are CE tested for electrical safety, they are possible the world's first child safe blind. Imagine the standard remote used for switching TV channels. That’s how the remote for cordless blind works, too. It is not complicated to use because it only needs standard AA batteries to operate it. You can choose from horizontal and vertical remote-controlled blinds. There also cordless blinds that one can customize to fit different sizes and shapes of windows, particularly arched windows.

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