Keeping Children Safe In The Home: Blind Safety

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Whether retrofitting your existing blinds or installing new child safe ones, making your blind cords and chains safe for children can be achieved by following the few simple steps outlined by the Natural Curtain Company below, including receiving a free safety pack for anyone with blinds in their home.

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Existing blinds can be made safe with just a few small extra fittings.

The recent news that a two-year-old girl has died as a result of becoming entangled in a chain has emphasised the importance of child safety at home. Several associations have been set up to spread the word of how vital it is to ensure your blinds are child safe, including the BBSA (British Blind and Shutter Association), established in 1919 and whose ‘Make It Safe’ campaign “aims to educate trade and consumers of the potential hazards of internal blinds operated by looped cords or chains.”

According to the Telegraph, there have been 22 deaths since 1999 caused by blind cords in the UK, and half of these have occurred in the last three years. Campaigners are urging the public to become more aware of the dangers of blind cords and chains, and to understand that these products can easily be made safe, whether you adjust your current blind or are looking to buy a new blind. Visit the Natural Curtain Company website for a free safety pack to ensure your blind is child safe and read through these safety steps:

1.)    Children love to climb, so avoid putting furniture near blind chains or cords. This includes sofas, bookshelves, tables or cots as well as anything else that a child could fall from.

2.)    The following safety devices will help prevent accidents with blind chains or cords:

  •     Cleat: This small device should be securely fixed to the wall next to the blind out of reach of children. By looping the chain or cord around the cleat, the chain or cord will be held tight against the wall and will not be able to hang loose. The cord or chain must be secured after each operation of the blind.
  •     Cord/chain tidys: This device will also be securely fixed to the wall next to the blind. You can clip the chain or cord under the tidy, which will permanently hold it against the wall and will be held in place.
  •     Chain break: A chain break is a chain that has two clips either side. If any pressure is applied to the chain these clips will break immediately. They can then be clipped back into place.

3.)    There are several blind mechanisms that will help prevent accidents happening at home:

  •     A spring operated blind does not require a cord or chain, as it clips into place independently as you pull it up or down.
  •     A child safe mechanism has a cord system that is concealed behind the blind, making it completely out of reach of children, and leaving no excess chain or cord.
  •     A gear operated roller blind is where a rod connects to a gear box that can roll the blind up or down, which does not require a cord or chain at all.

4.)     When buying a new blind make sure that the company is fully conversant with these safety issues and has advice and fittings to make your blind safe in any situation. They should be a member of the BBSA’s ‘Make it Safe’ campaign or your local equivalent.

For more information and a free safety pack including a cord tidy and chain break, visit the Natural Curtain Company website.

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