As a BBSA member we support fully the ‘make it safe!’ campaign. The message is to ‘reduce the risk from looped blind cords and chains’.
- To minimise the risk of accidents we recommend that all cords and chains are kept out of reach of children.
- Do not tie cords or chains together. Make sure cords or chains do not twist and create a loop.
- Move beds, cots, highchairs and playpens away from window covering cords and chains
- The use of child safety features can be added to your blind to further minimise risk.
Typical examples are:
If you have a window blind which has an operating cord or chain that could form a loop you must keep it out of the reach of babies and young children. There are a range of safety devices available for every type of blind.
These will break apart when undue pressure is applied on the operating chain but, after inspection, can be reconnected again. Chain sizes vary so you must use the chain-break connector which is designed to be used with your specific chain.
Cord/Chain tidys & tensioners
These devices should be securely fixed to an adjacent surface and at the maximum distance from the top of the blind so the cords and/or chains are held permanently taut by the device.
This should be securely fixed to an adjacent surface out of the reach of children and at least 1.5 metres from the floor. The cord must be secured as shown after each and every operation of the blind.
Use of additional safety devices may reduce the risk of strangulation but cannot be considered foolproof.
Persons in charge of children are ultimately responsible for following the safety instructions provided by the manufacturer’ EN13120.
Make It Safe – This means that we can install new blinds for your home which enables you to choose a style that does not have operating cords or chains but have concealed or tensioned cords for your children’s safety