Following a change and improvement to the applicable safety standard, there was a perception of a lack of information to business and non-compliance.
In response to this, the British Blind and Shutter Association (BBSA) launched a ‘Make it Safe’ campaign which aimed to raise awareness of the potential dangers for babies and young children in becoming entangled in window blind or curtain cords.
The BBSA contacted every Local Authority to raise the profile of their campaign and asked for Trading Standards to work with businesses based in their area.
Officers contacted all businesses in Middlesbrough who supply or install internal window blinds to remind them that all blinds must:
• Have maximum cord and chain lengths
• Avoid cords, chains etc. that form a hazardous loop
• Be supplied with safety devices or safe storage devices if the design does not eliminate the risk of a hazardous loop
• Have safety warnings and instructions
• Have packaging and point-of-sale safety information
The results of this project were very positive with all businesses being found to be compliant.
The publicity gave further opportunity to highlight the potential dangers of blind cords to parents, grandparents and carers, particularly where the child is visiting away from their home or to ensure that the instructions about clipping cords away from reach are followed.
The Better Business for All (BBfA) campaign offers advice on the regulatory compliances business must follow to ensure stability and growth.
To access this free and impartial advice, contact the Business Support Helpline and give your business postcode so you can be signposted to your local authority.
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