Raw Deal: Woman’s window blinds weren’t long enough, but the replacement process was

NO one likes the idea of other people spying through their windows.

Heather Ramsay, of Arbroath, ordered new louvre blinds from Hillarys, one of the biggest blinds firms in Britain.

Things went well at first. Heather had a Hillarys representative out so she could choose the type of material and the colour.

The rep measured up her windows, a price was agreed and an order placed.

However, when the blinds arrived and were fitted a problem shortly presented itself.

They weren’t long enough.

If a blind lets people see into the window, then it isn’t doing its job.

The blinds were not “fit for purpose”.

Heather got in touch with her Hillarys rep and asked for the blinds to be replaced.

The firm initially agreed it would rectify the situation, but getting it to take action seemed a bit more difficult.

Heather spoke to various representatives on the phone and received conflicting information.

At one point she was told there was no record of a promised return call on their system and that they considered the matter closed.

But, crucially, Heather was able to show screengrabs of text conversations proving she had been promised her blinds would be replaced.

She contacted Raw Deal and Hillarys, once we appraised their senior management team of the full situation, they were quick to act.

Heather is to have a new set of blinds fitted and has even been assured she can choose a new design if she wishes to do so.

Her perseverance, and knowledge of her rights as a consumer, paid off – with a little help from Raw Deal.

 

Written by  Steve Finan, 25/06/2016

 

Homebase recall blind after child safety fears

One of the blinds being recalled by Homebase.

 

Homebase customers have been warned of a potential safety issue on a model of Bamboo Roll Up Blinds.

The company have stressed that there have been no incidents reported, but the pull cord breakaways on the blinds are too strongly locked, which could pose a risk of strangulation to young children as the force required to break the safety device may be too great.

As a precautionary measure, Homebase advise customers to call for a free replacement breakaway device and instructions if they have a product purchased after June 1 2014.

Alternatively customers can return the blind to their nearest Homebase store for a full refund – no proof of purchase is necessary.

A Homebase spokesperson said: “The safety of products sold through Homebase is of paramount importance to us and we are working closely with Trading Standards.

“We are offering customers a replacement breakaway device with instructions on how to fit the device correctly, which should only take a few minutes. Customers have also been advised to stop using the blind or ensure that children are kept clear of the blind until they have fitted the replacement device.

“Replacement breakaway devices can be ordered free of charge by visiting our Spares Website (http://clickspares.co.uk/blind), where instructions on how to fit the new device are available to download.

“Homebase Customer Service Teams will also be happy to assist with any additional queries.”

Homebase UK Customers – 0345 077 8888

Homebase Republic of Ireland Customers – 0044 345 077 8888

* The blinds affected are: Homebase Article Number Description

273756 HB Brown Bamboo Roll Up Blind 60cm

273757 HB Brown Bamboo Roll Up Blind 90cm

273759 HB Brown Bamboo Roll Up Blind 120cm

273760 HB Brown Bamboo Roll Up Blind 180cm

273762 HB Natural Bamboo Roll Up Blind 60cm

273763 HB Natural Bamboo Roll Up Blind 90cm

273764 HB Natural Bamboo Roll Up Blind 120cm

273765 HB Natural Bamboo Roll Up Blind 180cm

Read more: http://www.sunderlandecho.com/news/trending/homebase-recall-blind-after-child-safety-fears-1-7736298#ixzz40YbrwPQr

Electronic Blinds for Your Home and Office

window blindsHaving window blinds make the perfect appliance for your windows. These things have helped control light entering the room and maintain privacy for years since they were invented. Nowadays, innovation has led to the production of electronic window blinds. These window blinds can be remotely operated through a control. You can have the same benefits of having window blinds installed for your home or office at hassle free.

Get the best set of remote controlled window blinds for your home and office. You can see a large selection of different kinds of blinds here that could fit your personal style. You can choose from a variety window blinds made from plastic, wood and other materials. Each design has its own unique setup to complement for any home or office environment. Having electronic window blinds installed offers the benefits of regular blinds and more.

Remote controlled window blinds removes the need for you to adjust your blinds manually. If you have regular blinds, it could be a nightmare to frequently adjust the amount of light that enters through the room. With a remote controlled window blind, you can adjust them all with a simple press of a button. Electronic window blinds make good appliances for showrooms. Adjusting window blinds manually during any showcase of items in a room full of crowded people may not be a classy to begin with.

By remotely operating your window blinds, you no longer have to expend much effort while they can be adjusted in sync. You can make a good impression for your guests visiting your office or home with the modern touch. In this modern era, having anything operated electronically can impress people. With the right design features opted for your remote controlled window blinds, you can be sure guests are can be impressed.

Electronic window blinds may have a reputation as additional sources of energy cost. However, this reason could not stand when taking into consideration the benefits it actually brings. Electronic window blinds can actually help you save money from energy costs. There are several features that helps the appliance automatically adjusts itself to light, heat, and time difference. This also depends on the features innately opted in the product. Just like any other window blinds, heat can be prevented from escaping from the room with a simple adjustment.

New electronic window blinds in the market are manufactured with less energy consumption requirements as opposed to older models. This gives you less carbon footprints and more money saved throughout the year. Take advantage of the aesthetic features electronic window blinds could also have. The market has several electronic window blinds that have different classy designs to fit interior motif. You only need a reliable source to provide you with the right electronic window blinds for you.

5 tips to keep your homes warm and cosy in winter

 

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Deva blinds launch blackout roller blinds in a cassette.

 

Deva blinds are pleased to launch our new product a blackout roller blind within a cassette.

Paul Pollard-Fraser, owner of Deva Blinds said, “Before we offered blackout roller blinds in the recess and light crept round the gaps.  It was all we had then and not very satisfactory.  We are now able to offer our customers a cassetted version that lets very little light through.”

“We launched our low cost motorised blinds early in 2015 and they have proved a huge success.  The video above shows you a sample of a cassetted blackout roller blind being operated by a rechargeable battery operated motor.  There are no wires or trailing cords and they are completely child and pet safe.  A single 8 hour plug in charge lasts between 6 and 8 months or we also do a mains powered option.”

“With British Summer time starting tomorrow, the phones will be ringing next week with mother’s of small children wanting to darken their child’s bedroom.  Our blackout roller blinds will certainly fit the bill.”

 

Megan’s death sparks blinds safety sessions

Child safe blinds

 

A Portstewart company is giving safety advice to parents and after a Comber youngster died after becoming entangled in a looped blind cord.

 

The tragic death of 21-month-old Megan Allen plunged the Co Down town into grief last month – and sparked new warnings from the Chief Medical Officer.

Joe McLaughlin, of North West Windows Blinds, has been talking to playgroups in the Portstewart area this week to highlight the dangers of a child being strangled by cords.

He has already visited playgroups at Star of the Sea, Agherton Parish Hall, Portstewart Presbyterian Church Hall and Portstewart Baptist Hall.

And he plans to talk to similar groups in Coleraine, Portrush and Bushmills over the next few months.

Mr McLaughlin said: “Megan’s death was just an awful tragedy to happen any family, especially before Christmas.

“At the playgroups I’ve been chatting about safety issues, the kind of blinds that can cause problems and the sort of things that can be done to tackle the dangers.”

He has also been handing out safety packs which can be used in the home. They contain catches which can be screwed into place to keep the cords out of harm’s way.

“These devices can be used to make the old blinds that are out in the community safe. They are fully certified and are of a European standard.

“They come with a safety warning, screws and plugs – they just need a screwdriver to fit them.

“All new blinds are governed by new legislation with cords having to be a minimum of 1.5m off the ground so that small children cannot get entangled on them.

“I’m a father myself and I don’t want to see any other family suffer the same tragedy.”

Chief Medical Officer Dr Michael McBride said there had been 16 deaths due to blind cords since 2010.

“The tragedy is that they are preventable deaths, “ he said.

“It is important we are all aware of the risks – because it only takes 18 seconds.”

Alliance MLA Kieran McCarthy said Comber had been deeply affected by Megan’s death.

“People cannot believe this has happened again. It is horrendous.

 

http://www.colerainetimes.co.uk/news/your-community/megan-s-death-sparks-blinds-safety-sessions-1-6461216

Add style to your windows with roller blinds

Posted in Smart home | by Lynn Lynn

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Roller blinds are an excellent way to add style to your windows without having to do any lengthy or expensive alterations. They are relatively easy to fit, come in a wide variety of colors, patterns, designs and sizes and are suitable for any room in your home. A roller blind can transform the way your window looks and also enhance your interior design scheme. As you can see in the pictures, found on Elite Blinds, there are suitable roller blinds for every room of your home, from minimalistic and plain designs to the more elaborate and embellished.

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An extremely versatile way to add style to your home – roller blinds are one of the most simplest and effective ways to dress up your windows, creating pleasant focal points. They function very well and can be made from many different materials. Your choices are huge and include everything from sheer fabric such as voiles to PVC and black out roller blinds. Choosing a roller blind style will depend on your personal taste and which room it is to be used in. Each roller blind is an attractive addition to your window dressing and also has practical features that make it a fantastic choice for the home.

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Many companies offer bespoke roller blinds and will assist you with their knowledge and experience. For example a PVC roller blind may be best for a bathroom where the air is often damp or moist and a black out blind could be the ideal purchase for a bedroom to help minimize light. Blinds can be made to match your décor with added finishing touches such as braiding or patterns to bring extra interest and color. Roller blinds are a great choice for those harder to fit windows or simply to compliment your own style, taste and interior design theme.

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Blinds expert backs ‘Legacy for Lucy’ campaign to ban looped cords

A MAN with more than 30 years of experience working in the curtain and blind industry has backed a campaign over the safety of looped blind cords.

As reported in the Daily Echo, grieving Bournemouth mum Annette Latimer is calling for people to back the ‘Legacy for Lucy’ campaign after her two-year-old daughter Lucy died when she got caught up in a blind cord in her bedroom five years ago.

Earlier this month, she found out that another little girl, Sophia Lily Parslow, aged 17 months, died in the same tragic way and she decided that something had to be done. She was the 28th child to die in such a way since 1999.

Chris Hodgkins, who is based in Canford Heath, said there were already devices that could prevent accidents – and he urged all parents to make sure they are fitted.

He said a device called a cord tidy was available to keep cords out of the way and they could be fitted retrospectively.

Chris added: “The blind manufacturers supply these and when I go out and measure a job I mention to people that if they have young children they should have them fitted. But some say they don’t want them fitted.

“It’s about three years ago that these came in and we think in the next 12 months that it will become law. It’s not just down to the fitters and suppliers, it is also down to the pub

Annette said she wanted as many people as possible to know of the dangers of the blinds and has launched a petition to get them completely banned.

She added yesterday: “If something else can be done that makes sure that, 100 per cent, everybody is safe, then that’s my aim.

“The more people that know, the more people that will go out and fit a device.”

The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents has been successful in asking the government to make it a regulation that these type of blinds are manufactured with breakaway connectors.

It has also encouraged parents to fit safety devices to existing looped cord blinds.

Blinds expert backs ‘Legacy for Lucy’ campaign to ban looped cords

A MAN with more than 30 years of experience working in the curtain and blind industry has backed a campaign over the safety of looped blind cords.

As reported in the Daily Echo, grieving Bournemouth mum Annette Latimer is calling for people to back the ‘Legacy for Lucy’ campaign after her two-year-old daughter Lucy died when she got caught up in a blind cord in her bedroom five years ago.

Earlier this month, she found out that another little girl, Sophia Lily Parslow, aged 17 months, died in the same tragic way and she decided that something had to be done. She was the 28th child to die in such a way since 1999.

Chris Hodgkins, who is based in Canford Heath, said there were already devices that could prevent accidents – and he urged all parents to make sure they are fitted.

He said a device called a cord tidy was available to keep cords out of the way and they could be fitted retrospectively.

Chris added: “The blind manufacturers supply these and when I go out and measure a job I mention to people that if they have young children they should have them fitted. But some say they don’t want them fitted.

“It’s about three years ago that these came in and we think in the next 12 months that it will become law. It’s not just down to the fitters and suppliers, it is also down to the pub

Annette said she wanted as many people as possible to know of the dangers of the blinds and has launched a petition to get them completely banned.

She added yesterday: “If something else can be done that makes sure that, 100 per cent, everybody is safe, then that’s my aim.

“The more people that know, the more people that will go out and fit a device.”

The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents has been successful in asking the government to make it a regulation that these type of blinds are manufactured with breakaway connectors.

It has also encouraged parents to fit safety devices to existing looped cord blinds.

Manufacturing of wooden blinds is about to start.

Deva Blinds Limited had placed it’s first order for wooden blinds.

Paul Pollard-Fraser, owner of Deva blinds Limited said “It is great to be in total control of the manufacture of our wooden venetian blinds for our customers.  I now know that I will be able to fit exactly what I order, it will be a great relief.  Not only will I be able to get the exact blinds that I want, but I will also be able to control when I get my blinds.”

“By manufacturing our own blinds we will be able to give a better service to our customers.”

“With my wife, May running the wooden blinds section, I can give her a call and ask her “Where are my blinds!”  Hopefully she will not give me the run around I used to get from previous suppliers.”

“I think that this is the way forward, I will also offer blinds to the trade as I know what I want as a fitter and believe that I can offer trade blinds that are easy to unpack and fit.”

Deva blinds Limited move forward again.

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