Westcountry Blinds is able to offer 'make-it-safe' advice to anybody considering installing blinds in their home or in their offices. We believe that as long as some simple steps are followed incidents involving blinds fittings and children can be avoided. We are an accredited member of the BBSA and we only fit blinds which conform to their criteria.
Here are some steps to follow to make existing blinds safer -
Don't wait to replace an existing blind to make it safer. At the very least keep all cords and chains secured out of reach of babies and young children but there are a range of devices to help you. It's quick and easy to make your blinds safe.
1) Chainbreak connector- These will break apart when undue pressure is applied on the operating chain but, after inspection, can be reconnected again. Chain sizes vary so you must use the chain-break connector which is designed to be used with your specific chain.
2) Cord/Chain tidys & tensioners- These devices should be securely fixed 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.
3) Cleat- This should be securely fixed to an adjacent surface out of the reach of children and at least 1.5 metres from the floor. The cord must be secured as shown after each and every operation of the blind.
Here are some simple steps to consider buying new blinds-
1) Window blinds come in an endless range of colours and finishes, but when buying new blinds for your home you must consider the way they are operated as well. There are blinds to suit every application and many are now available with cordless or concealed cord operation making them 'safe by design'. All other operating styles can be made safe as well.
2) A blind which is safe by design is one that is cordless or has concealed or tensioned cords. Typically these products are pushed or pulled into position. Motorised products also remove the need for operating cords. Wooden shutters and external blinds are other cordless styles of window dressing.
3) Separate safety systems are those that require additional installation or operation in use. If cordless options or those with inbuilt safety devices are not suitable for your specific situation then the only alternative is to use a blind with a separate safety device such as a tensioning system or an accumulation device like a cleat. Make sure the device is securely fitted and always used.
Should you require any further information on child safety, simply click the BBSA and 'make-it-safe' icons below and you will be re-directed to their websites.