Blind Company Prosecuted for Selling Unsafe Blinds

Blind Company Prosecuted for Selling Unsafe Blinds

A blind company in Widnes has been prosecuted for selling unsafe window blinds, in direct breach of the child safety regulations brought into practice over three years ago.

The company, trading under the name of 'Premier Blinds', pleaded guilty for six offences under the General Product Safety Regulations for supplying and installing blinds that could pose a strangulation risk for children. The company was given a two year conditional discharge and was ordered to pay costs.

Even though the child safety regulations came into effect several years ago now, this just goes to show that you can never assume that all blinds that are being sold are in fact child safe.

The best way to make sure that the blinds you are buying are child safe is to go for a blind system that is "safe by design", meaning that it doesn't need any sort of looped blind cord as part of its operation. This includes tensioned blinds such as our pure™ Pleated and Duette® blinds, and of course any type of remote control blind is designed to be safe for children.

A good way to make sure you're dealing with a reputable company who will adhere to the child safety regulations is to make sure they are a member of the British Blind and Shutter Association (BBSA). Speaking in regards to the prosecution, a spokesperson for the BBSA said:

"The child safety requirements of window blinds were fundamentally changed in February 2014 with the publication of new British Standards so it is shocking to learn of a company not fitting compliant products some three years later.

The British Blind and Shutter Association (BBSA) supports any surveillance and enforcement action by Trading Standards to ensure all traders are aware of, and compliant with, their child safety responsibilities."

Hopefully a prosecution like this is enough to ensure that other companies start to enforce the Child Safety Regulations, but it's always important for any customers to know exactly which types of blinds are safe and which are not. For more information, the BBSA's Make It Safe website is an excellent resource on blind cord safety across the home.

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