Blind Cord Safety
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.
• 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.
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 exisitng blinds safer:
If you have a window blind which has an operating cord or chain that could form a loop you must keep it out of reach of babies and young children.There are a range of safety devices available for every type of blind.
CLEAT - Available free of charge from Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council
This should be securely fixed to an adjacent surface out of the reach of children and at least 1.5 metres from the floor. The cords must be secured in a figure of eight after each and every operation of the blind. Ensure all spare cord is securely contained on the cleat.
Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council have cleats T. 028 9034 0160.
For further advice on how to make your home blind cords safe, contact Environmental Health E. [email protected] or T. 028 9034 0160.