It’s quite remarkable what a young child can find entertaining. We remember being little and having a fascination with doors. It wasn’t before someone got too close for comfort and had their tiny fingers caught in the gap near the hinges. Lessons were learned - the hard way.
Child safety has always been an important issue but it wasn’t until two years ago that it became compulsory for businesses selling curtains and blinds to comply with new regulations following years of campaigning by The British Blind and Shutter Association (BBSA). So what exactly makes them ‘Child Safe’ and what can you do to ensure that what you have meets the standards?
If you have cords and chains hanging from your curtains or blinds, there are a few things you can put in place to lessen the risk of young children getting hold of them. However, if you want to minimise the amount of fittings you have, you might want to consider ordering new ones. Even if you start in the main living space or bedrooms, where the risks are higher. In addition to the more traditional curtains and blinds, you can now find electric blinds (also known as motorized blinds) which eliminate cords or wands entirely. it’s worth shopping around to see what you can find.
No matter what blinds you have (from Roman Blinds through to Venetian Blinds) for now you should do the following:
- Chain-break connectors. These can be added once the chain has been cut so that you no longer have a long chain or low hanging loop.
- Cord and chain tidies and tensioners. These devices enable the cords and chains to be held taut and should be securely fixed.
- Cleats. Consider fitting cleats to keep cords and chains out of reach. Make sure your chain and cord loops finish at least 1.5 meters from ground level.
- Repositioning of furniture. In the main living spaces, move your furniture away from the blinds or shutters if you can. This will help to keep cords and chains out of reach.
- Breakaways. These devices can be added to your cord/chains but you will need one for each cord/chain.
If you want to find out more about how you can make your curtains or blinds more child safe, or want to look at the great range of options available, just get in touch with us.