Blinds and Child Safety
Keeping Children Safe Around Blinds
As a member of the British Blinds and Shutters Association, Just Simply Blinds complies with BBSA’s strict guidelines regarding child safety and are tested to meet the regulations outlined in the British and European safety standard EN 13120:2009 + A1:2014.
As part of our compliance with these regulations all blinds have built in safety mechanism to help to reduce the risk of an accident and to make sure that our blinds are out of reach of children, all the chains and cords provided with our products will be made at a maximum length of one meter.
General Advice and Tips:
Children want to explore the world around them which means many household products including blinds could pose a risk for them. Be aware that unrestrained cords, braids, loop chains and wires could be hazardous to young children.
- Window blind cords and chains must be kept out of reach of babies and small children to avoid the risk of strangulation and entanglement
- Move chairs, beds and cots and any other furniture away from your windows and blinds so that children cannot climb up and reach cords
- Do not tie cords together
- Make sure that cords do not twist and create a loop
- When buying a new blind make sure it has a built-in safety device
- Install your blinds and safety devices according to the correct installation instructions to reduce the risk of an accident
British Blinds and Shutters Association
The British Blind and Shutter Association is Britain’s only trade association representing companies that manufacture and supply interior and exterior blinds, awnings, security grills and shutters. The BBSA is leading the development of the child safety aspects of the only European Standard for internal blinds (EN 13120). All BBSA members have to comply with the child safety aspects of this standard and a number of non-members have committed to this requirement through the make it safe campaign. You can see much more safety information, including a video at: www.makeitsafe.org.uk.
Window Blind Child Safety Devices
We also strive to offer products which have been developed specifically for this problem such as our range of cordless roller blinds which are spring loaded & retract using the tension within the spring as opposed to you manually pulling a chain.
The BBSA (British Blind & Shutter Association) has compiled a leaflet stating safety procedures that can be taken in preventing the unnecessary, negligent deaths of children by the cords on window blinds. The leaflet states that cords should be kept out of reach at all times with a device designed for such purposes. The BBSA leaflet also includes different styles of blinds a family can purchase that do not pose these safety risks. You can find this leaflet on the BBSA website. There is also some more practical information and a video explaining how to make your blinds child safe at www.makeitsafe.org.uk
Remember, ultimately the prevention of accidents surrounding household items is in the hands of the child’s guardian(s). With the proper steps and measures being taken; accidents are far less likely to occur, with fewer tragedies claiming innocent, young lives.
Do you have some questions about child safety and blinds? Feel free to contact us using our Contact Form, by phone, or by email, and one of our Customer Care team will be happy to answer any questions you may have.