You might think that once you have found a blind that looks great in your room and functions well, you have found the ultimate blind. However, although blinds can be seemingly harmless, the truth is that certain blind styles actually pose a huge risk to small children and pets.
How do blinds pose a safety risk?
Many blinds operate by a cord, but it is the cord which is potentially dangerous. Children and small animals are very tempted to play with anything that dangles down, such as string, cord, tassels etc. If left alone with a blind cord, this could end in strangulation or entanglement that is impossible for them to get out of alone. In severe cases this can lead to serious accidents and even death, as statistics have revealed that since 1999, there have been 27 fatalities related to blinds in the UK alone. With shocking figures like this, something had to be done…
Make it Safe
The British Blind and Shutter Association (BBSA) introduced the Make it Safe campaign in 2009. The campaign outlines new standards for internal window blinds, ensuring each product meets the General Product Safety Regulations as a legal requirement. As well as this, there is also evidence of new standards whereby the new safety devices are being tested, allowing customers to rest assured knowing their blinds meet all safety regulations.
The Make it Safe campaign is now widely referred to throughout European countries too, and works closely alongside Trading Standards and other organisations such as The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents and the Child Accident Prevention Trust.
Exactly how have blinds been made safe?
- Length of the cord or chain has been reduced to a maximum of 1 metre.
- When placed under pressure, i.e. pulled, the cord will give way and snap.
- An alternative is storing the cord safely out of reach completely.
- All blinds must carry safety warnings.
What are the main things I need to remember?
- Always keep cords and chains out of reach from children and pets.
- Never tie cords and make sure they don’t twist and create loops.
- Keep all furniture (especially children’s cots) away from the window.
- Install the safety device to reduce any risk.
There are still many homes that have been fitted with the old style blinds, before the safety regulations came into place. Therefore, it is extremely important that we continue to raise awareness of the hidden dangers of blinds, in order to lower the statistics of these tragic incidents which can be avoided.
Paul James Blinds
If you’re looking for excellent quality child-friendly blinds throughout the Colchester area, then you needn’t look any further than right here at Paul James Blinds. With an impressive array of colours, patterns and styles, you can be sure to find something that fits your requirements and budget. Simply call us today for more information.