Our safety policy
Internal blind cords and chains can pose a risk to babies and small children, follow the following steps to make sure your blinds are safe and comply to child safety standard BS EN 13120:2009+A1:2014
- Make sure all cords and chains are always secured and out of reach.
- Do not place your child’s cot or bed or play pen near to a window with a blind.
- Do not put sofas, chairs or tables near to a window blind as children love to climb.
When choosing a blind for your home or office where babies or small children are present always look for a blind that doesn’t contain cords or chains or has a concealed cord. Motorised blinds have no operating cords or chains.
The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) recommends that “pull cords on curtains and blinds should be kept short and kept out of reach of children”.
Recommended solutions where children have access to the window blinds are:
- Pleated Blinds – use cord cleat or INTU/ Perfect fit Blinds
- Roller Blinds – use cord/chain tidy or Spring Operation
- Roman Blinds – use cord/chain tidy
- Vertical Blinds – use wand operation
- Wooden Blinds – use cord cleat
- Venetian Blinds – use cord cleat, INTU/Perfect fit Blinds
Typical examples of safety devices are:
- Cord Cleat- This should be securely fixed to an adjacent wall, out of the reach of children (1.5m from the floor) and the cord secured while the blind is operation.
- Cord/Chain Tidy – This should be securely fixed to an adjacent wall, the cords/ chains are help permanently taut by the device.
- Child safe chain break – found only on Roller blinds, the chain will break apart when undue pressure is applied to the operating chain.
The CEN official standard EN13120
“Complete elimination of the strangulation risk can only be achieved by keeping cords, chains, and tapes and similar out of the reach of children. Use of additional safety devices may reduce the risk of strangulation but cannot be considered fool proof. Motorisation eliminates the risk associated with looped and pull-cord operating mechanisms but the risk relating to inner tapes and cords (for relevant products) remains. Persons in charge of children are ultimately responsible for following the safety instructions provided by the manufacturer.”
Advice supported by RoSPA
RoSPA’s mission is to save lives and reduce injuries in all areas of life and has achieved significant changes through its campaigning work over the 90 years since its inception.