When choosing your window blind, you want to know that it will complement your decor, give you privacy, and provide the shading from the sun that you require.
Since 2004, RoSPA has called upon the blind industry to take voluntary action to reduce the risk of looped cords and we are now working with the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS), CEN (the European Committee for Standardisation), the British Blind and Shutter Association (BBSA) and the Child Accident Prevention Trust (CAPT) to investigate design modifications and raise awareness of the safety issues.
If you have young children, we encourage you to also consider the small safety features that can be added to your blind, to help prevent cords or chains from posing a potential hazard.
Having selected your new blind, please refer to our list of safety features below, or contact your window blind retailer who will be happy to advise.
Through the Safety in Mind Campaign, Priory Blinds supports the BBSA 'Make it Safe' Initiative, helping to give you peace of mind, leaving you free to enjoy your new window blind.
It is hoped that a voluntary agreement among manufacturers and retailers will eventually see an end to looped blind cords altogether. In the meantime it is essential that they are fitted with some form of safety device such as a chain/cord-break connector, chain/cord tidy or cleat.
In 2010, a summit was attended by delegates from IKEA, John Lewis, Debenhams, Next, B&Q - as well as other blind manufacturers and retailers, all of whom were enthusiastic about improving the safety of corded blinds, sharing safety information with consumers and reducing the risks posed to children.
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. It is hoped that the revised standard will take effect sometime during 2012.
Of course, new agreements and standards will not impact upon the millions of homes already with blinds and curtains featuring looped cords.
The Make It Safe campaign, of which RoSPA is a part, aims to raise awareness of the potential dangers of looped cords among families with small children.
As well as leaflets and advice, RoSPA is also providing cleats free of charge that can be fitted to tie blind cords high up out of the reach of children.
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