When buying new blinds for your home you must consider the way they are operated as well. All operating styles can be made safe.
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.
In-built safety systems are those that are built into the product and do not require additional installation or operation in use, such as a chain break connector where the chain is designed to separate under any undue pressure.
Separate safety systems are those that require additional installation or operation in use, such as a tensioning system or an accumulation device like a cleat.
Don’t wait to replace an existing blind to make it safer. Keep all cords and chains secured out of reach of babies and young children.
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.
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 chains are held permanently taut by the device.
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.