All posts by Chris Edmeads

All change and focus on Child Safety

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.

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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’

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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.

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As the warmer weather is getting closer, the chance to sit outside at various cafes, bars and restaurants is an attractive thought for us all. Come rain or shine, our awnings offer a pleasant experience as either way we will want to stay under the shade.

Pergola Awning

Pergola Awning making the patio space a great place for alfresco dinning.

Should the sun get unbearably hot or heavy rain showers begin, our awnings will provide you with that instant protection and shade allowing you to control the weather on your own terms. The awnings are typically positioned over windows or exterior doors, making them a perfect addition to any garden or outdoor space (including) home patios, shops, cafes or restaurant’s etc.

Our awnings are available in various colours and styles and can be made to suit your exact needs and requirements of your premises while being able to adapt to most styles of home architecture. You can have them manually operated or electrically operated as part of an automation system. They can also be a great asset to businesses, making your business stand out on the High street.

Our made to measure awnings are supplied from a number of leading manufacturers, for further information or a free quote contact us today on: 01372 377 112

Are you a Goldfish?

Who would want to live in a goldfish bowl?

That’s exactly what it felt like last week when we were having our kitchen redecorated. After clearing the kitchen of clutter and taking down the blinds it amazed me how different the room felt. We only have a medium width patio door and two small windows in it, but it felt like we were living in a goldfish bowl.

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At night the door especially became a great big black expanse. I felt exposed, even though we are not overlooked – and got rather a shock one night when a cat walked past peering in! The difference in acoustics (two young boys create a lot of noise) and heat loss was noticeable.

It got me thinking – with the trend towards large bi-fold doors, walls of glazing and roof lanterns in homes, it is more important than ever to dress your windows right. It is usually the summer months when glare and soaring temperatures often drive us to find a solution, but it can actually be during the winter that blinds and curtains really add benefit. You don’t have to be a Goldfish!


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Too much light with a Roof Lantern?

Roof lanterns are incredibly popular as an architectural solution to bringing light into a room. From the traditional to contemporary designs they can create a very dramatic appearance in a room – transforming a dull flat roof into a stunning feature of your home. There is more details here  – Zip Roof Blinds. Our experience […]

Bi-Folding Doors in your property? Unsure how to keep them shaded? Premier Blinds has the solutions for you.

Bi-Fold doors are becoming increasingly popular, they are a great for connecting your outdoors with your indoors. Despite general doubt, we have various types of blinds that can be fitted to Bi-Fold doors, additionally our blinds will be fitted to ensure that they are flexible enough to cover your doors whether opened, partially opened or totally closed ensuring that our options are practical. We have a wide range of fabric colours that will complement the modern and stylish look that Bi-Fold doors create in your homes.

Electric Bi-Fold Door Blinds

Electric Bi-Fold Door Blinds

However it is not only the modern and stylish appeal that you wish to cover it is also the practical side of the product that makes blinds vital for anyone with bi-fold doors. The blinds will reduce the amount of heat and glare beamed in to your house on those hot summer days and will in turn protect your indoor furniture from the suns strong UV rays.  All of our Bi-Fold doors blinds are also available motorised allowing you to open / close them electrically, making life that bit easier.

We pride ourselves on our quality and value for money. For a free no obligations quote on blinds for your Bi-Fold doors, please contact us on – 01372 377 112 alternatively you can contact us online: / Tweet Us at: @PremierBlinds