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Luxaflex designs with safety in mind

Luxaflex has created the Designed with Safety and Comfort in Mind brochure, with information on how to make window coverings safer.

The Designed with Safety and Comfort in Mind brochure features the many enhanced safety options Luxaflex offers. Cordless, single cord and other safety features are detailed, and a summary chart lists the safety enchantments options available with each Luxaflex product.

“At Luxaflex, creating new and innovating lifting systems that help keep children protected and secure is a top priority,” says Chris Lapthorne, manager, Sales and Marketing, Luxaflex UK.

As children grow so does their curiosity with the world around them. Basic household items, including window coverings, can turn into potential hazards. Luxaflex considers child safety a top priority. Making products safer for homes with infants and young children is an integral part of its design philosophy. The following are tips from the experts at Luxaflex on how to make a home – and particularly windows – safer for children.

General advice

Buyers and users of blinds should be aware of the hazards that can be posed by unrestrained cords, braids, loop chains and wires, which may be hazardous to young children.

The following guidelines should always be considered.

• Young children can be strangled by loops in pull cords, chains, tapes and inner cords that operate the product. They can also wrap cords around their necks

• To avoid strangulation and entanglement, keep cords out of reach of young children

• Move beds, cots and furniture away from window covering cords

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

• Install and use the safety devices according to the installation instructions on these devices to reduce possibility of such an accident.

Child safe solutions

Luxaflex has engineered a number of child safe operating systems including cordless alternatives to motorised system designed with safety, convenience and beauty in mind. Choose from an abundant array of colours and materials that complement a nursery today and a teen’s room tomorrow.

LiteRise – Eliminate pull cords altogether with the unique LiteRise system. This cordless push up, pull down system raises and lowers the product with the touch of a finger. LiteRise helps reduce potential hazards, while also offering more user comfort and a streamlined appearance.

SmartCord and UltraLift – Luxaflex SmartCord and UltraLift are revolutionary and patented cord lifting systems. They feature a retractable pull cord that maintains a constant length, and allows the user to effortlessly raise and lower the shade.

In addition, the SmartCord system will automatically lower the blind to the preferred position after one simple pull of the cord.

PowerRise and motorised operation – A wide variety of Luxaflex products are offered with motorised options that allow the product to be operated at the touch of a button. The remote control operation or wall switch eliminates operating cords for enhanced child safety and user comfort. Options include wired and battery-powered motorisation.

Softraise – The cordless Luxaflex roller blind Softraise system uses a spring mechanism for easy lifting and lowering.

Skylight, nano blinds and tensioned models – These systems are designed to fit neatly into the frame of a window, door and skylight and eliminate the need for free hanging cord loops.

Quick release cord connectors – Quick release cord connectors are fitted as standard on many Luxaflex blinds. These connectors break apart and separate when pressure is applied to them.

Crank or wand operation – Many Luxaflex products are available with a crank or slide wand system. The slide wand allows vertical blinds to slide effortlessly. Its special crank operation integrates both lift and tilt functions into one easy-to-use crank.

Cord and chain operations

If a cord or endless chain is preferred, safety for a child is increased with extra safety devices. All Luxaflex products are supplied with a cord or chain safety device.

• Cord cleats and tensioners enable any cords or chains to be fastened to the wall – out of the reach of children

• A breakaway chain connector makes sure that any loop in the chain will break when an excessive force is pulling on the chain

• A cord cleat is supplied with every product that has pull cords. Be aware that these need to be installed at a minimum height of 1.5 m from the floor

• A chain tensioner is supplied with every product that has an operating chain.

• Detailed instructions of how to install the devices in a safe manner are always attached to the blind

• A warning tag that highlights the dangers to children is attached to every cord or chain operated blind and is also repeated in the installation instructions that come with the product.

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