Poorly fitted or poorly constructed blinds can pose a serious strangulation risk to small children. All too often we hear of tragic incidents where children have been badly injured or even killed by a window blind in their own homes.
I take child safety extremely seriously and both I and my suppliers are fully compliant with the stringent internal blind product standard BS EN 13120:2009+A1:2014, and the two test method standards BS EN 16433:2014 and BS EN 16434:2014, which were published by BSI on 28 February 2014.
These standards take in:
- Limitations on cord and chain lengths
- Safety devices for preventing cords and chains from creating a hazardous loop
- The fitting of safety devices on cords and chains at the point of manufacture
- The testing of all safety critical components of internal window blinds
- The testing of complete blinds using safety devices
- Safety warnings and product instructions
If you have any concerns please feel free to discuss them with me.
More information can be found here: https://www.makeitsafe.org.uk/