To ensure your blinds are child safe, we fully conform to British Standards.
Excel are working hard to ensure that all our blinds comply with the changes in law. We already despatch all our blinds labelled and with a child safe device for fitting on site. We will of course keep you informed when we have more information available. It is envisaged that 'Go-Live' will be in February 2014 and at that stage all manufacturers will have to comply under strict guidelines.
BBSA Press Release
Excel Manufacturing Ltd will welcome new laws on window blind safety when they come into effect in 2014. We are a member of the British Blind & Shutter Association (BBSA), which has campaigned for safer blinds and has worked with UK government and EU standards bodies to make child safety standards for new window blinds much more stringent.
The new regulations will make it illegal to sell or professionally install a window blind that does not meet the standards. The rules include maximum cord and chain lengths, the fitting of safety devices at the point of manufacture, product warnings, point of sale information and instructions on packaging.
Steve Halliwell of Excel Manufacturing Ltd says: “We fully support the new regulations and as well as ensuring all new window blinds we supply are compliant with these new laws, we are also ready to help any customer who requires more information or any safety devices for older blinds.”
Since 2009 the BBSA has worked tirelessly to educate consumers about window blinds with cords or chains which could form a hazardous loop and its ‘make it safe’ campaign is endorsed by the Child Accident Prevention Trust (CAPT) and Royal Society for Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA).
BBSA’s ‘make it safe’ urges parents, grandparents and carers to:
Examine every blind in the home, especially in children’s bedrooms. If any have a looped control chain or cord then make sure there is a safety device to keep the cord or chain securely out of the reach of babies and young children. These safety devices are low-cost and are easy to retrofit, so you do not have to wait until you replace a blind to improve its safety.
Move cots, beds and any furniture away from windows and blinds – remember children love to climb.
When buying a new blind always look for one that does not contain cords or chains (for example a spring operated roller blind) or which has concealed cords especially for children’s bedrooms.
For more information, tips and advice on what to look for in new blinds and how to improve safety of your existing window blinds visit the website www.makeitsafe.org.uk