NEW BLIND LEGISLATION
In 2010, six children died in tragic circumstances in Britain and Ireland; each one was strangled by looped cords of window blinds.
The current European standard (EN13120) relating to looped blind cords states that safety devices must be supplied. It is currently being strengthened and its scope broadened, and the revised standard will take effect from summer 2011. This legislation states that it is essential that blinds are fitted with some form of safety device such as a chain/cord-break connector, chain/cord tidy or cleat.
Of course, new agreements and standards will not impact upon the millions of homes already with blinds and curtains featuring looped cords. It is estimated that there could be 250 million blinds with potentially lethal cords in the UK. Given the futility of these deaths and and as a simple precaution, we advise that every homeowner and accomodation premises check their blinds are safe:
• Install blinds that do not have a cord, particularly in a child's bedroom
• Do not place a child's cot, bed, playpen or highchair near a window with blind or curtain loops
• Pull cords on curtains and blinds should be kept short and kept out of reach of inquisitive children's hands
• Tie up the cords or use one of the many cleats, cord tidies, clips or ties that are available
• Do not hang toys or objects that could be a hazard on the cot or bed
• Don't hang drawstring bags where a small child could get their head through the loop of the drawstring.
Here at VKColourworks Ltd we already incorporate these safety features as standard for all our interior design clients and are happy to supply cleats, clips or cord tidies to bring your own blinds to a child friendly standard. If you'd like more information on blinds, curtains or any other aspect of interior design you can contact us through this linkand read more about the work we undertake.
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