Luxaflex®: designed with Safety and Comfort in mind

The safety of children is a serious issue and is highlighted by Child Safety Week which runs across the UK from Monday 24th to the 28th June 2013. Child safety is something that Luxaflex®, Europe’s leading window styling brand has seriously addressed introducing a number of child safe systems to combat the potential hazard that window blind cords can cause.

 As children grow, so does their curiosity with the world around them. It is important to evaluate the safety of all products within the home environment, as basic household items including window coverings can turn into potential hazards. Window blind cords can be a danger to babies and young children especially those under the age of three. At Luxaflex® we consider child safety a top priority. Making products safer for homes with infants and young children is an integral part of our design philosophy.

Luxaflex® adheres to the European EN13120 standard 2009 (Internal Blinds Performance Requirements incl. safety) as a minimum safety requirement. In addition, we are continuously creating new child friendly systems that complement your homes décor and increase your user comfort.

Many Luxaflex® blinds now come with special features which enhance product safety:

Luxaflex®   UltraLiftTM is a revolutionary retractable cord lifting system, available with Luxaflex® Silhouette® Shades, which allows the user to      effortlessly raise the shade and the cord retracts itself automatically,  which means the cord will never dangle on the floor.

Cordless  blinds eliminate cords altogether. Hand operated blinds can be lifted or  lowered by pulling/pushing on the bottom bar.  This option is available on Luxaflex®      Duette® & Plisse Shades, 16mm & 25mm Metal Venetian blinds, spring  rollers and Skylight Window blinds.

Motorisation eliminates lift cords through battery powered remote controls and is available on most Luxaflex® products. Shades can be lifted and lowered at      the touch of a button.

Certain window coverings are always cord-free, such as Luxaflex® Japanese Design Panel Tracks and Interior Shutters

All Luxaflex® corded blinds are supplied with a safety device to allow any loose cords to be tied out of reach or otherwise restrict access by young children.

If you already own blinds which do not have any of these Luxaflex® child safety features here are a few simple precautions that can be taken:

Do not leave blind cords hanging and keep the cords out of the reach of children.

Cut the cords short (but not too short so that the blind cannot be operated).  Whether the blind is up or down, make sure children can’t reach the cord.

Keep sofas, chairs, tables, shelves or bookcases away from windows to prevent children from climbing up to reach the curtain or blind cord.

NEVER put a crib, bed, high chair or playpen near a window or a patio door where a child can reach the curtain or blind cord.

Visit www.luxaflex.co.uk/service/luxaflex-blinds-child-safety for more information

Also visit the British Blinds and Shutters Association website for ongoing information – www.makeitsafe.org.uk

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