Bespoke bed manufacturer offers safety advice

Craig Williams and Playtime Beds Ltd of Sheffield are issuing an important safety warning for bespoke products made and supplied nationally, since approximately 2011, due to potential safety risks arising from their design, manufacture and erection, in particular, safety risks to children.

This warning comes after a seven-month-old died at a house in York on November 3, which has prompted the company to issue a product warning and work with the police and Trading Standards which are carrying out a joint investigation into the issue.

Children’s cots, beds, twin beds, cot bunk beds, bunk beds, cabin beds, high sleeper beds and triple and quadruple beds which have all been made by either Playtime Beds or Craig Williams are currently involved in the safety advice warning issued, which states that the products could lead to asphyxiation or strangulation, falling, entrapment or crushing of a child.

Sheffield Trading Standards would urge anyone who has purchased any of the above products to call the national Citizens Advice Bureau helpline on 03454 040506 who can pass on details to enable local Trading Standards to contact customers to assess whether their products may or may not be at risk.

Craig Williams and Playtime beds Ltd would strongly advise that until such time that they are able to determine which bed and extras you purchased, you stop using the bed immediately either for sleep or play, and ensure that children in particular do not climb, sleep in it or play in or on it.

Playtime Beds Ltd have currently ceased trading but are working with Sheffield City Council’s Trading Standards Department regarding safety concerns in relation to various hazards, associated with particular bespoke products, that the business has manufactured and supplied. Products have been supplied by PlayTime Beds Limited since the company formation in March 2015 and before this time by Mr Craig Williams trading as Playtime Beds using Facebook and eBay since approximately 2011.

Day twelve advice for #12daysofsafety Christmas campaign

Sadly, today is the final day of our advice and we hope you have all found it useful! Around Christmas our statistics show that falls cause the most injuries. Supervising your young child wherever he or she may be would prevent these incidents and injuries from occurring, but our guidance below will also aim to help you achieve this.

  • If you are visiting family or friends, be sure to check their houses for any dangers that may cause injuries to your child. Look out for clutter, specifically around the stairs, and ask that rooms are well lit to avoid slips, trips and falls.
  • If your child is old enough to understand, educate them about what they can or can’t do around someone else’s home. Tell them the stairs are out of bounds and not to climb on, and jump off, furniture.
  • If you have smaller children, remember to not change them on elevated surfaces. Do not place them in a car seat or carrier on a table, as if it is knocked off in error this could injure your child.
  • Don’t be too afraid of getting down on your hands and knees and having a look around the home you are visiting to see things from your child’s perspective! This will help you understand any hidden dangers that may be around.
  • Above all, supervision is key! Different surroundings will likely make your child want to explore. With hot food possibly being made and maybe alcohol being consumed by you or others, the risk of injury increases. If people have had a drink or two, try to encourage them not to pick up or pass around your small child.

Above all, stay safe and have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from all at Buy Wise Be Safe.