Internal window blind cords and chains can pose a risk to babies, small children and vulnerable people who could injure or even strangle themselves on looped operating cords and chains. It only takes seconds for a child to lose their life on a window blind cord so take steps to make sure your children are safe.
The video below aims to highlight the dangers of looped blind cords and look at ways in which blind cord injuries and deaths can be reduced.
New blinds are covered by improved European safety legislation that came into force in 2014, meaning they have been rigorously tested and if appropriate, would have a chain break connector where the chain will break if any pressure is applied. However many homes have blinds fitted before this so it is important to check them all.
Making Your Existing Blinds Safer
Simple steps such as securing cords and chains with safety devices and keeping furniture away from windows so that children cannot climb can help prevent accidents and deaths.
There are a range of safety devices available for every type of blind and these devices or cleats are available free of charge from the Council.
- Examine every blind. If they have a looped control chain or cord and do not have a safety device fitted, then you can easily install one of the many devices available;
- Ensure that all operating blind cords and chains cannot be reached by children;
- Move cots, beds and any furniture away from windows and blinds – remember children love to climb;
- When buying a new blind, always look for one that does not contain cords, has concealed cords or has an in-built safety device that complies with the new European Standards.
Check out our presentation below which provides advice on window and blind safety and prevent strangulation:
Further information on how to make blinds safer is also available at the Make It Safe website.