The Importance of Installing Child Safety Blinds as Blind Cord Death Toll Rises
According to a recent study, 300 children have died and nearly 17,000 have become injured by blinds cords over the past 25 years. An area which is often overlooked when childproofing a home, blinds cords have proven to be a silent killer in many properties across the UK, with children becoming entangled in the dangling cord.
Safety awareness in and around the home is imperative, particularly for households with young children who love to explore. As the blind cord death toll rises, this article will look into the importance of installing child safety blinds.
Findings from a study carried out by RoSPA (The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents) show that there have been at least 30 deaths across the UK caused by looped cords since 1999, with 18 occurring since 2010.
The most tragic part of these findings is that they can be preventable with the correct safety measures in place.
What can be done?
In 2014, the EU introduced new regulations which stated that designers have to create blinds that are considered ‘safe by design’, ensuring all cords and chains are fitted with a safety device at the point they are manufactured.
Whilst this was an important step going forwards, it does still mean that many homes across the UK have older blinds fitted on their windows which do not meet modern standards. If your blinds are outdated or you had them installed before the new regulations were implemented, they may be posing a serious safety risk to your young children.
As such, it is recommended that you closely inspect your current blinds to check for any broken parts, such as cord clips, chains or pulleys, and make sure that the cord isn’t fitted too low where it’s in the reach of children. If you suspect that you need to make your existing blinds more child-friendly or your blind mechanisms need repairing/replacing, there are a plethora of parts available to improve safety, including:
– Bottom weights
– Chain and cord tensioning pulley
– Cord cleat
– Control chain safety clip
At Kingston Blinds Direct, we offer a comprehensive range of blinds parts and kits which are specially designed to help improve the safety of your existing blinds.
Potential ban on blind cords
There has been a call for window blinds with accessible cords or chains to be banned entirely to eliminate any possible risk of injury or death from blinds cords. In fact, a standard is set to take effect by late 2018 in the US which will make corded blinds unavailable in shops and online in an attempt to put an end to blinds-related accidents going forwards.
In the meantime, when installed correctly, child safety products will significantly decrease the chances of a child becoming entangled in the cord.
All of the made-to-measure blinds we supply here at Kingston Blinds Direct are fully compliant with all child safety legislations, helping to reduce the risk of any accidents occurring in the home. If you are looking to improve the safety of your existing blinds, our range of parts and accessories are the ideal option. Simply place an order online today to purchase a new set of child-safe blinds or parts.