Child Safety

Due to new legislation EN13120 (28 February 2014) all Blinds Direct Ltd blinds and operating systems are compliant with EN13120.

What is EN13120?
Where internal blinds are installed in premises where children aged from 0 to 42 months are likely to have access or to be present. Examples are homes, hotels, hospitals, churches, shops, schools and general public places that must be made child safe.

Why EN13120?
Young children can be adventurous and play with pull cords, chains, tapes and inner cords that operate the window blinds. This can result in entanglement or even strangulation.

What can I do to avoid danger of Cords, Chains and tapes?

  • The best way to avoid strangulation and entanglement is to keep cords out of the reach of young children.
  • Do not place beds cots or furniture near any window blind cords.
  • Do not tie cords together.
  • Check your cords do not twist and create a loop.

Blinds Direct Ltd recommends the installation of the following blinds in areas where small children may be present since they contain no loose cords or loops.

  • Spring return roller blinds
  • Perfect Fit roller, pleated or Venetian blinds
  • Vertical blinds with wand control
  • Panel blinds with wand control

The following blinds use operating cords or chains so should be installed with appropriate safety devices

  • Vertical: cord tidy on operating cords
  • Roller: cord tidy or Easybreak on operating cords
  • Roman: cord tidy or Easybreak on operating cords
  • Pleated: cord safety tassel on operating cords
  • Cellular: cord safety tassel on operating cords
  • Panel: cord tidy on operating cords
  • Vision: cord tidy on operating cords