ACT are accredited supporters of the “Make it Safe” campaign

“We are proud to be accredited supporters of the British Blind and Shutter Association (BBSA) “Make It Safe campaign”

Since its launch, the Make It Safe campaign has pressed for safer window blinds and the promotion of safety for all window treatments.

The Make It Safe campaign has seen:

The BBSA taking a leading role in the development of the European standards for window blinds specifically concerning child safety

The creation and promotion of a website, retail promotional materials and internationally recognised videos promoting safer window treatments

The provision of expert advice to regulators and those responsible for standard development, as well as assisting medi and established safety organisations to appropriately promote safer window blinds

The insistence of early adoption of safety regulations by all of its membership

The Make It Safe campaign is endorsed by The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) and the Child Accident Prevent Trust (CAPT) and referenced by many other organisations. As an accredited member of the BBSA we have been closely involved in the Make It Safe campaign and the changes required in the way internal blinds are made, sold and professionally installed.

When the regulations are implemented it will place a legal responsibility on all suppliers and professional installers to:

Provide safety devices to reduce the risk of any cords or chains forming a hazardous loop Test all safety critical items of internal blinds

Test blinds using safety devices

Observe maximum cord and chain lengths

Provide specific warnings and instructions

Provide information on packaging and at point of sale Fit safety devices when professionally installing blinds

If you require blinds that have operating cords or chains please note the new regulations will mean cord and chain lengths are determined by the European standard, and where a safety device is needed we will have to install the device, by law.

Making existing blinds safer

There are a range of safety devices which have been tested to the new mandatory standards and can help to make existing blinds safer. There are options for virtually every style of blind so you do not have to wait until you change your blind to make it safer.

General safety advice

When fitting blinds, please make sure that you follow the installation instructions carefully make sure any safety devices supplied are correctly installed

Do not place your child’s cot, bed, highchair or playpen near to a window blind

Make sure all cords and chains are always secured out of reach of babies and young children

Do not tie cords or chains together. Make sure cords or chains do not twist and create a loop

Do not put other furniture near to a window blind as children love to climb

Useful Links:

BBSA - http://www.bbsa.org.uk/

Make it Safe - http://www.makeitsafe.org.uk/

Make it Safe videos - http://www.makeitsafe.org.uk/make-it-safe-video

RoSPA - http://www.rospa.com/

CAPT - http://www.capt.org.uk/