The importance of child safety blinds
When choosing a new window blind design, you want to make sure that it will give you privacy, provide sufficient shading from the sun and complement your decor seamlessly. Further consideration needs to be made if you have young children, as their natural curiosity and intrigue about the weird and wonderful things around the home can pose major safety risks.
While addressing the dangers in your home may seem like an easy task, there are many hazards which are often overlooked. Young children are in significant danger of strangulation from the loops of pull, chain and bead cords which operate window blinds, so it is extremely important to take all the necessary measures to ensure they are as safe as possible.
There is a comprehensive range of inexpensive, small safety features available on the market today which can be added to your blind to help prevent cords or chains from posing a potential risk. Simple and easy to install components include:
This can be used with Vertical, Venetian, Roller and Roman blinds. It is attached high onto a wall alongside the blind so that the cords can be completely wound round it, ensuring it does not hang free and remains out of a child’s reach.
Cord securing clip.
This P-shaped clip can be used with Vertical, Roller and Roman blinds as a simple way of ensuring complete safety. All you need to do is mount it onto the wall and secure the cord/chain so the loop cannot be easily reached by young children.
According to the The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA), accidental injuries are the most common cause of death in children over one year of age, leaving many thousands permanently disabled or disfigured every year. It has been reported that one or two children die in the UK each year after becoming tangled in blind cords and there are many more near misses.
The RoSPA has been tirelessly campaigning for the blind industry to take voluntary action to reduce the risk of looped cords and raise awareness of the related safety issues. In their mission to stop window blinds posing a risk to the lives of young children, a new official standard was released in February 2014 which strengthens the child safety measures which were previously in place. The new standard amends a previous European standard published in 2009 and requires that new blinds must be designed with safety in mind or be supplied with the appropriate child safety devices installed at the point of manufacture.
Here at Kingston Blinds Direct, we have compiled a simple checklist to ensure your blinds do not pose a safety risk to any young children in your home:
– Position your furniture a safe distance away from your windows to prevent children from climbing onto them and getting caught up in your blinds
– Do not allow control cord or chains to hang close to cots or beds; use the safety componentsproducts listed in this article to make sure they are safely tied up out of the way
– Be aware of chains on the bottom of most vertical blind designs; consider sewn-in bottom weights or chainless PVC vanes
As members of the British Blind and Shutter Association and their Make it Safe Campaign, all of the new blinds we supply are manufactured in accordance and fully comply with BS EN 13120, so you can rest assured knowing that all the requirements for child safe blinds have been met.
We offer a comprehensive range of cost-effective blind parts and accessories so you can transform your existing blinds into a completely child safe item. These include:
– Cord cleats
– Control safety clips
– Vertical blind cord weights
– Chain and cord tensioning pulleys
For free advice, simply get in touch with our team of experts today!