What are the Child Safety Regulations?

New EU Directives (EN 13120, EN 16433 and EN 16434) mean that it is effectively against the law to sell, supply or install any blinds with freehanging cords longer than 200mm (8”) unless very specific extra safety precautions are taken, which includes a requirement for cleats to be fitted at a minimum height of 1.5m (5').

These new regulations fall under the General Product Safety Regulations 2005 and are European Law, enforceable in the UK by Trading Standards.

All internal blinds must be correctly designed and installed to be safe within the property for which they are intended; this includes making sure that there are no sharp edges for a child to injure themselves, no small components that may cause a child to choke, and no obvious risk of strangulation from cords.

All of this must then be backed up with correct warning notices, instructions and training for the customer in the correct use and care of any Child Safety devices, which means that it is essential that you are aware of the need to be present at both survey and installation.

 

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