CHILD SAFETY WITH EXISTING BLINDS
If you’ve just moved into a new home with existing blinds in place, please read this article.
Children are instinctively drawn to explore their surroundings, it’s vital to make your home as safe as possible.
Taking care to child-proof blinds and curtains throughout the home is a vital step for all parents and carers. Loose blind cords pose a risk of entanglement and strangulation.
Child Safety with Existing Blinds.
Kids are great, I mean truly fantastic, their endless energy and imagination continue to amaze me. As a dad to a 7-year-old and a 4-year old I had always known to keep the blind controls safe, when I joined Village Blinds a couple of years ago, one of the first things I did was go home and redo all the child safety devices, ‘just in case’.
In December 2019 we moved to a new home just outside Portglenone, this new house had a mixture of blinds already installed when we moved in. Some were clearly on their last legs and needed to be replaced straight away, the rest were in a decent state of repair, but needed updating with child safety devices. So, on the first night, after we moved in, I actually tied the cords and chains uptight over the curtain poles in the kid’s rooms. With strict instructions to not go near them or play with them. The very next day, I trekked into work, bought loads of cleats and P Clips, (chain tensioners) and armed with my trusty DeWalt drill went about fixing the cords, and chains taut at a suitable height.
It took about 2 hours, (with a couple of coffee breaks), but all the existing blinds were finally safe. As finances allow, we’ll steadily work through the house, starting with the kid’s rooms first and replace blinds, but at least I know they are safe for now.
Making existing blinds child safe.
If your current blinds pre-date the child safety regulations or perhaps the child safety devices have become worn or broken over time. Whichever the case DO NOT WAIT! Make it safer today! At the very least keep all chains and cords secured out of reach of infants and young children. There are a range of child safety devices for use with existing blinds, whether your blind is chain or cord operated. These include:
For blinds with a looped chain, roller blinds, etc. Chain Tensioners should be fixed securely to an adjacent surface and at the maximum distance from the top of the blind so the cords and/or chains are held permanently taut by the device and out of the reach of children and at least 1.5 metres from the floor.
Essentially you want to prevent the possibility of someone getting caught in any loose chain or cords. Get it Right… Keep It Tight!
If you have cord operated blinds, such as a Venetian blind, use a cleat to store the cord. Cleats 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.
Essentially you want to prevent the possibility of someone getting caught in any loose cords. Get it Right… Keep It Tight!
In built safety devices
When you are checking for child safety devices please also look out for In-built safety systems are those that are built into the product and so do not require additional installation or operation in use. These include chain break connectors where the chain is designed to separate under any undue pressure. Breakaway tassels at the bottom of cords work in the same way.
Chain & P-Clip
Cord, Chain & P-Clip
Cord & Cleat
Break Away Connectors
This is key, with young children in the house, especially in their bedrooms. Keep furniture away from windows – children love to explore and climb and they will find their way to the top of the chair or on to the rails of the cot, and suddenly, cords and chains are easily within their reach, despite child safety devices being used. So best to keep furniture well away from their windows altogether.
Kids love to climb.
Keep the window area clear of furniture to reduce tempation.
If you’re reading this at home and aren’t sure if your blinds are child safe, take two or three minutes and check.
- Fill and boil your kettle.
- Armed with a notepad, pen and tape measure, start going around your house, (start with the kid’s bedrooms).
- Check if any chain tensioners or cleats are installed and if so, make sure any chains or cords are held taut and secure. Take a note of any concern points.
- If your blind has a safety break away, is it the newer double break away version? If not note this down too.
- Are there any loose cords hanging down below 1.5m from ground level? Take a note of this.
- Whilst you are doing this quick check, also look for signs of wear and tear on your blinds, broken travelers on vertical blind head rails or gearing that’s fouled up.
Now pour that cuppa and sit down with your action list and work out exactly what safety devices you will need to purchase. They are only a matter of a few pence each, so buy a couple of extra, ‘just in case’.
“Children are instinctively drawn to explore their surroundings, it’s vital to make your home as safe as possible”.
Here at Village Blinds, our entire range of blinds complies with The European Standard for internal blinds (EN 13120).
We have a range of safety devices available depending on the type of blind you choose. From cord cleats to safely wrap cords out of reach of children and babies on wooden and Roman blinds to chain-break connectors which are suited to vertical and roller blinds. We also have a range of tie-down clips and cord tidies which are ideal for Romans, rollers and vertical blinds. These discreet safety devices are designed to keep your family safe, whilst maintaining the look of your blinds.
Need more information about child safety with existing blinds?
To find out more about Window Blinds Child Safety, visit the Make it Safe Website. or contact us. We are always on hand to offer advice on keeping your blinds child safe so for more information, please don’t hesitate to contact our customer service team on: 028 2501 3179 or via email at: firstname.lastname@example.org