product safety - blinds
If you're installing a blind. read our tips for ensuring cords are safely secured, and find out more about the legal requirements for blinds in homes
Blind cords can present a strangulation risk, so we stock a wide range of blinds that are safe for you to install in your home, without worrying about whether the natural curiousity of children or small pets might lead them into danger. It's now a legal requirement for any blinds installed to be child-safe in all homes, whether children live there or not.
When you fit a blind in your home, you must fit the safety device provided with the blind to the wall in order to tie up the pull cord safely out of the way of children and pets. There is a risk of strangulation should a child become entangled in the cord, so it's imperative to keep cords out of harm's way.
Don't tie cords together, and ensure they don't twist and create a loop.
If using a cleat, install it as close to the headrail as possible so that children can't reach.
If using a fixed tensioning system such as a P-clip, a ball chain tensioning system, or a fixed cord or ball chain tension pulley, install it at the maximum distance possible from the control mechanism to keep the looped pull cord/s taut.
You can fit a P-clip to an existing blind to hold the cord taut and tidy, and away from little hands. These clips are now available free of charge in our shops. Visit the blinds department or speak to a selling Partner to find out more.
Some of our products have a breakaway child safety device on the chain. This is designed to come apart when too much pressure is applied. You can simply reconnect the chain should this happen. When lowering or raising a blind with a breakaway, ensure you pull the chain from above the breakaway.
Our made-to-measure express roman blinds come with an internal breakaway cog housing the operating chain. This is a child safety mechanism designed to break from the housing if undue force is applied. If the internal cog separates from the housing, you can insert it back into the blind
- Young children can be strangled by loops in pull cords, chains, tapes and inner cords that operate the product.
- To avoid strangulation and entanglement, keep cords out of the reach of young children.
- Move beds, cots and furniture away from windows where cords are present
- Don't tie cords together, and make sure cords don't twist and create a loop.
- For safety we recommend that you move beds, cots and furniture away from any window fitted with a blind that has a side control mechanism, even with a safety device in place
- You can convert a side mechanism blackout blind to cordless by buying a spring mechanism kit. This is the safest blind control option for children's rooms
- Our children's ready-made blinds are already fitted with a spring mechanism, and if you buy a made-to-order blind from us, you'll have the option of choosing a spring or motorised mechanism
Many blinds we sell are now cordless or have spring mechanisms, so you won’t have to fit a safety device, but if you’d like to convert an existing blind, spring conversion kits are available to buy for most of our ready-made roller blinds. Watch the video below to help you with fitting.
If you're having blinds made to measure, we'll need to know the installation height when you place your order - that's the measurement from the top of your window to the floor. This enables us to give you the maximum control length possible.
If you have a blind fitted by us, depending on the blind chosen, it may be necessary by law for us to fit child safety devices. If you're not happy for us to do this, we're sorry but we'll be unable to provide or install your blinds and your order will be cancelled. If the blind has been personalised or specially ordered for you, we'll be unable to refund or offer an exchange in this instance
Supplier and retailer responsibilities
It’s now illegal to supply or professionally install an internal window blind which doesn’t comply with the new child safety requirements. Blinds fully compliant with BS EN 13120:2009+A1:2014 are confirmed as ‘safe by design’, and this standard applies to all blinds fitted in all rooms in every home, regardless of whether children are present or not.
We have to fit safety devices on cords and chains when they’re manufactured, and test all the safety-critical components rigorously. There are now limitations on cord and chain lengths. We have to provide safety devices for you to fit for preventing hazardous loops being created on cords and chains, and make sure all product instructions come with safety warnings.
If we install a blind for you, depending on the blind you’ve chosen, we may need to fit child safety devices. It makes no difference whether or not you have or are likely to have children present in your home; if you’re not happy for us to do this, we’re sorry but the law doesn’t allow us to install your blind without the device, so we’ll cancel your order. If the blind has been personalised or specially ordered for you, we’ll be unable to refund or offer an exchange in this instance.