A Parent’s Guide to Child-Safe Blinds
There are several things you need to consider when buying blinds. The most important things for the majority of buyers include price, appearance and the particular type of blind, but for parents, there’s another concern: the child-friendliness of any potential blinds. In this article, Kingston Blinds are going to look at the importance of child-safe blinds when purchasing new window dressings for your property.
For all the benefits that blinds bring, they can be fatal to small children. Inquisitive little ones can become caught in the cords and chains so commonly used to operate blinds, which can lead to suffocation. Legislation has been implemented to help prevent such tragic occurrences, but the risk still remains, so it’s important that parents are aware of the risks and their options when buying blinds.
The risk posed to children by blind cords and chains has been the subject of scrutiny for years, and in 2014 The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) released a new standard to improve the child safety measures published as the European standard in 2009. The new standard requires all blinds to be designed and manufactured with child safety in mind, including the installation of child safety devices at the point of manufacture.
One of the most effective combatants against the risk of children getting caught in cords is to have no cords at all. Cordless blinds are available in a wide range of styles and designs; you don’t have to sacrifice aesthetic quality or functionality to get a cordless version. Alternatives to cords include wand operation for vertical blinds, spring-operated roller blinds and for the ultra modern home, electric or smart blinds that can be operated with the touch of a button or with the help of Alexa or Google Home.
Another effective alternative to cords is shutters. Attractive and able to provide effective light and privacy control, shutters are traditionally associated with older properties, and they’re also incredibly popular in Mediterranean countries, but they can look fantastic in any home. Mainly, though, they don’t have cords or chains, thus eliminating the risk of children getting caught up in them.
Child safety tips for existing blinds
If your current blinds have cords or chains attached and you aren’t in a position to buy some child-friendly ones, then there are a few things you can do to minimise the risk of cord-related injury.
Cord clips and cleats: Incredibly useful, these accessories can secure the cord on the wall to make it difficult for little ones to get their hands on them. By simply winding the cord or chain tightly around the clip, you ensure that there’s nothing hanging down for your children to reach.
Furniture placement: Where possible, try and keep furniture a safe distance from any blinds with cords or chains. Kids love to climb, so it’s important that they can’t reach your blind cords from the back of the sofa, for example.
Keep away from beds: For blinds in a child’s room, it’s imperative that the cords do not hang close to cots or beds for obvious reasons. If your child’s bed is near a window, make sure to utilise cord clips or cleats to avoid grabbing and pulling.
Kingston Blinds are proud to provide a comprehensive range of blinds for every room, from bedrooms and kitchens to offices and hotels. Every single new blind we supply is completely child-safe in accordance with BS EN 13120, and we also stock a variety of components to make your existing blinds child-safe, should you need to. For more information, please get in touch with us today and we’ll be happy to help you with anything you need.