Child Safety Information

Children are naturally curious; here at West Yorkshire blinds understand child safety and know how important it is for children to be kept safe and secure.

This is why all of our blinds either have a cord-free mechanism or come with a safety device in line with the latest European regulations.

The standard operating length of most blinds with cord or chain operation has been reduced to a maximum of 1 meter to lower the risk of injuries on young children.

Tips for child safety

Buyers and users of blinds should be aware of the hazards that can be posed by unrestrained
Cords, braids, loop chains and wires, which may be hazardous to young children. The following
Guidelines should always be considered.

  • Young children can be strangled by loops in pull cords, chains, tapes and inner cords that operate the product. They can also wrap cords around their necks.
  • To avoid strangulation and entanglement, keep cords out of reach of young children.
  • Move beds, cots and furniture away from window covering cords.
  • Do not tie cords together. Make sure cords do not twist and create a loop.
  • Install and use the safety devices according to the installation instructions on these devices to reduce possibility of such an accident.

Types of safety devices

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.

Motorized products also remove the need for operating cords. Wooden shutters and external blinds are other cordless styles of window dressing.

In-built child safety systems

are those that are built into the product and so do not require additional installation or operation in use.

Some window sizes or shapes may not lend themselves to cordless window blinds or you may specifically wish to co-ordinate with your existing blinds.

If this is the case then choose a blind style with an in-built safety device, such as a chain break connector where the chain is designed to separate under any undue pressure. Breakaway tassels at the bottom of cords work in the same way.

Separate child 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 tension system or an accumulation device like a cleat. Make sure the device is securely fitted and always used.

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