This is not up to date news however a friend in the UK recently had a small issue purchasing made to measure blinds. Rather than charge him for advice, here is what you need to know about the law.
It requires that all internal blinds include a safety device when being sold. These include:
- Roller blinds
- Roman blinds
- Venetian blinds
- Vertical blinds
The only window blinds that are exempt from this rule are blinds like harriets perfect fit blinds that use a tabbed system. This eliminates the use of cords making it 100% safe for children, removing the risk of choking.
The UK law states that companies must make all efforts to ensure window blinds are safe for child access. If children will have access for example if it is a school, hotel or private home – that it is required to include a child safety device and a warning such as the one included at the top of this article. Also the blinds or cords must not cause any potential danger to children operating them and may not release small parts which could potentially be a choking hazard.
With that said, it is still recommended that you think about the potential risks of window blinds within your home. Move cots and beds away from blinds to prevent young children accessing the cords. Do not tie cords together or allow loops from knots. Keep cords out of reach from children, with most cords you can recommend the blind fitters raise it to a certain height.
This law was introduced in 2011. Most window blinds last longer than 2 years. A big reflection for today is to look at your window blinds and see if they are safe for children to access.
Between January and September 2013 the total number of personal injury lawyers/claim companies in the UK dropped hugely from 2,316 all the way to 1,485.
Personal injury is still the largest sector of the claims management industry, which as an industry also experienced a 23% drop according to a report from the Claims Management Regulation Unit. In total the personal injury sector dropped in size by 38% since September 2012.
This harsh drop in companies is mostly a result of the ban on referral fees and financial awards that personal injury claim management companies were previously able to offer. It gives a great insight into how these companies were acquiring their clients and how many were unable to continue or adapt without this marketing strategy.
Kevin Roussel of the CMRU was reported to have said that the total number of personal injury CMC’s had reached a plateau, but he also noted “the sector is not about to die” and “it is adapting to the ban and the new situation”.
Are you a personal injury claims company in the UK? We would love to hear your feedback on this. Is it too difficult to recover from being unable to pay referral fees or will the industry carry on as normal with new strategies of marketing?
Let us know your thoughts in the comment section.
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