Blinds and Child Safety
Ensuring our products are child safe is a priority for all of us at DotcomBlinds. No family deserves to unknowingly put anything that could harm their child into their home, and no manufacturer wants a product capable of causing such tragedies. As a result, our blinds are child safe by design, with built-in safety mechanisms to help reduce the risk of an accident. These mechanisms are:
- All chains and cords provided with our products are made at a maximum length of one metre
- Chain tensioners are provided with every looped chain operated blind
- A cleat is provided with every looped cord operated blind. The cord needs to be wrapped tightly around the cleat in a figure-of-eight after every use
Alternatively, we offer a range of blinds that don’t require a cord or chain to operate the blind, eliminating any risk of accidental strangulation. Take a look at our range of crank-operated blinds, battery operated and wand operated blinds today.
DotcomBlinds is a Make It Safe dealer. Our products are tested to meet the regulations outlined in the British and European safety standard EN 13120:2009 + A1:2014.
It is illegal to supply or professionally install an internal window blind that does not comply with these child safety requirements. Only buy from a reputable trader.
There are some simple things families can do themselves to reduce the risk of an accident even further. Here is some general advice and tips:
- Keep blind cords out of reach of babies and small children to avoid the risk of strangulation and entanglement
- Be aware of a child’s access to the window. Prevent children from sitting on windowsills where a blind cord is within easy reach.
- Move furniture away from your windows and blinds so that children cannot climb up and reach the cords
- Do not tie cords together
- Make sure cords do not twist and create a loop
- When buying a new blind, make sure it has a built-in safety device
- Install your blinds and safety devices according to the correct installation instructions to reduce the risk of an accident.
To get more information about child safety at home visit: www.makeitsafe.org.uk