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Child Safety - Blind Cord Safety

Whilst researching what is happening in the UK about child safety and blinds I came across an informative charity site, a Children’s Charity to prevent accident, injury and to promote child welfare through education Prevention Town. 

It relates the information I was looking for to blog about regarding blind cord safety. It's not a pleasant thought that these accidents happen but I have read more than one article where parents or carers had not realised that blind and curtain cords could pose a threat, they wrote;

Why do blind cords pose such a risk?

Research indicates that 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.

In addition, toddlers’ windpipes have not yet fully developed and are smaller and less rigid than those of adults and older children. This means that they suffocate far more quickly if their necks are constricted.

As with drowning, toddlers can be strangled quickly and quietly by looped cords with carers in close proximity, potentially unaware of what is happening.

To reduce the risk posed by looped cords, including blind cords, cords should be kept out of the reach of children.

Make it safe!

•         Install blinds that do not have a cord, particularly in a child’s bedroom

•         Do not place a child’s cot, bed, playpen or highchair near a window

•         Pull cords on curtains and blinds should be kept short and kept out of reach

•         Tie up the cords or use one of the many cleats, cord tidies, clips or ties that are available

•         Do not hang toys or objects that could be a hazard on the cot or bed

•         Don’t hang drawstring bags where a small child could get their head through the loop of the drawstring"

The above will hopefully make more people aware of the risks and ways to do away with or make cords safer.  Later this year I believe a guide line / legislation is being introduced if you want to know more as I find more information just send me your details on my contact page. I'll drop you an email and no doubt blog again.

So lets keep babies and children safe in the home and workplace.  

Want more for your children, yourself and family, for a range of health products that can benefit all the family and can offer from part to full time income, so that you can fit it in around your children contact me or look at may latest blog.

Keep Well, Trevor

Energy and Money Saving

Did you know that by using shutters or blinds you can reduce the heat loss by up to 40%?

Well, I’d often thought it would and apparently it does.  Closing blinds is simple and saves money, apparently for every £1000 spent on heating you could save £70.  We have a couple of Patio doors in one room and notice it's warmer at night when the blinds are closed.

So, using blinds and shutters correctly in winter can cut down heat loss through windows, reducing the heating demand and lowering energy bills.    Three simple but effective rules to follow in winter!

1)  Close blinds after the sun goes down to retain heat.

2)  On sunny days open blinds to maximise the winter sun heat gain.

3)  Close blinds in unoccupied rooms, so simple.

Apparently blinds and shutters that help you save energy are similar to other common energy efficient meausres and have a quick payback.  So if you have blinds or shutters or are thinking of having some intalled using them effectively in winter will save you some money.

Keep warm, Trevor at BetaBlinds

Builder prosecuted for falsely using Trusted Trader logo

 A Trusted Trader News Letter came through today with the link below telling how a dishonest trader was prosecuted as he was nor a trusted trader, well worth a couple of minutes of your time to read.

As a Trusted Trader since the scheme started it made me realise taht not only we as consumers are protected when using a "Trusted Trader" but I as a member am protected when dishonest traders are prosecuted, making using the scheme even more beneficial to us all!  Well done Trusted Trader.

InShade® Sails Keep You Cooler

InShade® conservatory sails, new to BetaBlinds are an innovative and effective means of reducing heat gain in in your conservatory and property, whilst protecting you from harmful UV rays and irritating sun glare.  Where you put the sails depepends soley on your need and preference, not the shape of your conservatory or space.

So why not click on this InShade® link and see what can be done in all types of property for you!  Whilst I prepare more information and photgraphs to put on our BetaBlinds website.