Here at UK Blinds Direct, we understand that blinds can be very dangerous, especially in homes with mischievous pets and young children. All of our products here at UK Blinds Direct are completely compliant with the British Blinds and Shutter Association (BBSA) guidelines, but to help you gain extra peace of mind, we’ve put together some top tips and advice to help ensure your home is as safe as it can be.
If you’d like more information on child safe blinds or the safety systems in place to ensure blinds are no longer a strangulation risk to small children, you can read about it in our previous article on the matter.
Know the law
You are obliged by law to ensure that your blinds pose no risk to children, even if you don’t have a child at home. Furthermore, retailers are obliged to only sell blinds that are of no risk of strangulation. This is essential to comply with EN13120:2009+A1:2014, an amended version of the European standard put in place in 2009. The amendment was deemed necessary to extend the coverage to cover all problem blinds, including Venetian, roller, vertical, pleated, honeycomb, Roman and panel blinds.
If your blind does operate by cords or strings that could be a strangulation risk, you must go straight to your blinds company and request the necessary safety features to remove the risk.
Safe cord placement
As well as taking the necessary steps to secure any loose cords on your blinds, there are other precautions you can take to keep cords placed out of the reach of young children and pets to ensure complete safety.
- If possible, the ideal solution would be to replace your current blinds with a cordless or safe-by-design replacement, especially in children’s bedrooms.
- Do not place items of furniture under the cords or near the blinds in case your little one was to climb up and get tangled in the cord.
- Ensure that all of your child’s furniture, such as the cot, playpen or highchair, are placed at a safe distance from the cords.
- Pull cords should be tied very securely out of reach (at least 1.6 metres above the ground) of your child.
We wouldn’t advise that you cut the cords on your blinds to keep them short or out of reach as this could affect the operation of the blind.
No matter how safe you believe your blinds to be, always keep a close eye on any young children that are in a room with cord blinds – it is better to be safe than sorry.
UK Blinds Direct have a range of beautifully designed, child friendly and safe-by-design blinds, including a selection of pleated blinds, roller blinds, wooden blinds and Venetian blinds, so you don’t have to sacrifice the beauty of your home for safety. UK Blinds Direct have been operating for over 15 years, and in that time have built up an esteemed reputation as a leading blinds supplier to Rotherham, Sheffield and the South Yorkshire area. Get in contact today for more information on any of our services, we’ll be happy to help in any way we can.