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Safety Tips to Enjoy Blinds with Young Children
15 March 2015
Safety Tips to Enjoy Blinds with Young Children

Because of the way they hang, blind cords and chains can be a danger for babies, children and vulnerable people, who can injure themselves or strangle themselves in loops.

Here are a number of simple and practical precautions you can take to help reduce the risk to your family:

 


Secure looped cords or chains with one of these safety devices:

  • Tie-back or cleat: This should be attached to a wall and then cords can be wrapped around it out of reach of young children.
     
  • Chain-break connector or safety tassel: These are designed to come apart when excessive force is put on them thus preventing a child becoming caught in a loop.
     
  • Spring cord tensioner: This can be attached to a window recess and the cord passed through its pulley system to create a regular tension in the cord.
     
  • Tassel: Cords and chains can be left to hang individually with toggles attached to either end to prevent a loop.

When fitting blinds follow these important guidelines:

  • Make sure all cords are out of reach of children or vulnerable people
     
  • Do not place children’s furniture such as cots, beds, highchairs or playpens near to a window blind or within reach of a cord
     
  • Do not put furniture such as chairs, sofas, tables, shelves or bookcases – anything which children might like to climb on – near to a window blind or within reach of a cord.