Blind Cord Safety
Looped cords have always been a risk for young children, so consider this carefully when buying your blinds. We ensure that every single blind that we sell is child safe and confirms with all child-safety regulations; in the majority of cases we will recommend that you use “Safe By Design” blinds that do not need any potentially dangerous cords to operate.
The ‘Make It Safe’ campaign from the British Blind and Shutter Association has been at the forefront of educating the public and industry for years, which is why we recommend that people watch their helpful safety video which explains the risks of looped cords, as well as suggesting solutions.
There are millions of curtains and blinds fitted in the UK with looped cords, all of which pose a potential risk to young children, and even our pets. We encourage all home owners to review their blinds, seek out alternative safety options and, above all, to be vigilant when supervising young children.
Safe By Design
The safest types of blind are those that are “Safe By Design”, which is to say they are designed to be free of any sort of dangerous cord operation. Tensioned blinds such as our pure™ Pleated, pure™ Pinoleum and Duette® blinds are totally cord-free and child safe, and we also offer the LiteRise® system which allow for Safe By Design freehanging blinds.
All forms of Remote Control Blinds are totally cordless and are as such extremely child safe.
Cord Safety Devices
In the event that we must fit blinds with looped cords, such as roller blinds, Venetian blinds or pinoleum blinds with a classic oak headrail, then we will always make sure that we install the required safety devices along with the blinds.
These can range from cleats next to the blind which allow for the cord to be tied off to a safe length, connectors that convert a looped cord into a single cord, breakaway connectors that come apart when subjected to pressure and retractable cords that disappear back into the blind after operation.
Child Safety Regulations
The 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 regulations fall under the General Product Safety Regulations 2005 and are European Law, enforceable in the UK by Trading Standards.
They also mean that 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.
Although blinds installed before March 2014 are not required to meet specific regulations set out in EN13120, we provide past customers with a completely free service where we can review the Child Safety of your existing conservatory blinds. All you need to do is contact us requesting free cord safety advice.
Our sales team will provide expert advice with no hard-selling techniques. We’ll be able to recommend you the best blinds for your needs, as well as offer a range of quotes for you to compare.