Who’d have thought it?
We recently went to a training day by Weinor who manufacture awnings. They have an exclusive collection of fabrics from Para – one of the leading two weavers in the world, and they showed me this video:
Who’d have thought it?
I was amazed at some of the facts and figures:
1. They spin enough yarn each year to get to the moon and back 173 times, weaving 18 million square metres of fabric per year
2. The Italians lead the way in this type of fabric production
3. Our awning fabric comes from the same mills as the fabric used in Ikea products
4. They use nanotechnology
5. Fabric has a memory, and different materials have different grade memories
I will never look at awning covers in quite the same way ever again!
There isn’t a lot you can say about these instances, other than feel for the family. I’m writing this as a father and everyone within Premier Blinds & Awnings have children of various ages.
We have been fitting and offering child safe products for a long time now, ensuring chords are fitted with cleats and chains in P-clips.
We specialise in automation and can do it for the single blind to the whole home with multiple blinds and rooms. All motorisation is inherently safe in comparison because it avoids the key issue – chains and chords.
New regulations that have been introduced for the industry which means cord or chain operated blinds can only be installed with a safety breaker and/or retention bracket or cleat to reduce the risk of strangulation persons.
We can only believe this was good practice but is now law. Done properly and used will help avoid these instances in the future.
‘Sophie’s stuck’: Toddler, two, found dead by her brother, four, after becoming entangled in window blind cord while playing hide and seek
- Sophie Allen died at Newcastle Royal Victoria hospital on Saturday
- Two-year-old got tangled in beaded cord loop while playing with brother
- Mother Danielle Hudson urged parents to be aware of the dangers
- Paying tribute she said: ‘She was loving and happy, always smiling’
Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2614801/Toddler-2-dead-brother-entangled-window-blind-cord-playing-hide-seek.html#ixzz31rnaTyKR
MAKE SURE YOUR BLINDS ARE CHILD SAFE
At Premier Blinds, we recognise that child safety is an important issue for anyone who is furnishing their home. This has now been recognized in law too.
The crux of the regulation is simple ‘MAKE IT SAFE’ but that does mean there needs to be a little more thought applied about what solution is installed to ensure they are child safe.
Regulation EN13120 means cord or chain operated blinds can only be installed with a safety breaker and/or retention bracket or cleat to reduce the risk of strangulation to children and vulnerable persons.
Learn more – http://www.blindsawnings.com/child-safety.html