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Child Safety UK Legislation for Blinds

Good morning,

Child safety is something we take very seriously at Sophie Sews as we have little ones of our own and know that you can’t be too careful. We ensure all our blinds and our customer’s blinds comply with the child safety UK legislation for blinds. We explain the child safety UK legislation and the steps you can take to make the blinds and curtains in your home safe.

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You may be wondering what could happen? There have been some very tragic cases of children getting strangled on blind cords which promoted a safety campaign which led to these laws. Research indicates that most deaths happen in the bedroom in children between the ages of 16 to 36 months. The majority are around 23 months old.

 

Child Safety UK Legislation for Blinds

So what are the rules governing the child safety UK laws for blinds BS EN 13120? We will summarise the rules for you which came into force in February 2014.

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Where do the legislations apply?

Where internal blinds are installed in premises where children aged from 0 to 42 months are to be present or likely to have access or when the destination of the blind is unknown. Examples of premises where this would apply are homes, schools, playgroups, shops, hotels, hospitals, churches, and general public places.

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Are there any exceptions?

The law does not apply to internal blinds in premises where children are unlikely to be or have access for example laboratories, factories and other places of work but specific labels must be used as a notice of this.

Which blinds does it cover?

The standard covers roller blinds, pleated blinds, Venetian blinds, roman shades, panel blinds, roll-up blinds, plantation shutters, vertical blinds, honeycomb blinds and Austrian/Festoon blinds.

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How are blinds now made to be compliant?

Where there is a loop, cord or chain present or could be created, it must be removed or made safe which a safety device installed at the point of manufacture. The safety devices either tension the cord or chain, break under pressure or provide the facility to store the cord or chain out of reach of children. For cords, chains or loops there is now a maximum length and all blinds must also continue to carry safety warnings.

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How do I make my blinds and curtains safe?

If you have children living in your home or visit your home, we would strongly advise you to follow these safety precautions:

  • Buy blinds that don’t have a cord, loop or chain particularly in children’s bedrooms or playrooms
  • Don’t have a cot, bed, playpen or highchair near a blind
  • Cords on curtains as well as blinds should be kept short and kept out of reach of children
  • Tie up cords or use cleats, cord tidies, clips, ties or safety devices
  • Don’t hang toys or objects that could be a hazard on a cot or child’s bed

We don’t recommend that cords are cut as its advisable that there is a permanent safety precaution implemented such as taking the cord out of reach. Blinds can stop working if the cord is cut in the wrong place, if one cord becomes a lot longer due to cutting it can increase the risk of entanglement and cords that have been cut can become tangled up creating another loop.

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It is also important to raise awareness among other parents, grandparents and carers. Please contact Sophie Sews if you need a safety device fitted. Let’s keep our children safe.

Love Sophie x