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New laws to make windows blinds in your home safer for children

It goes without saying that child safety is a number one priority.

Children are naturally curious and their sense of adventure can often lead them getting into dangerous situations at home.

Window blinds are one of the everyday objects that pose a possible threat and that’s why we make sure our blinds are the safest they can be.

Last month the Barnes Blinds team attended the National Window Blind Child Safety Conference in Coventry. We had the chance to work with experts in the industry to find out about new regulations that affected window blind safety.

The day’s events

The day invited with a wide range of suppliers involved in blind production from:

  • Designing
  • Manufacturing
  • Selling
  • Importing
  • And installing of internal window coverings

The aim was to address the new standards for all household blinds and to make sure each room in the house was made a safer environment for children.

Our team had the chance to pull apart and product test new designs as well as learn about how the latest technology would be turned into an attractive product for every household.

Why do we need to be so careful with child safety for window blinds?  

Research indicates that most accidental deaths involving window cords happen in the bedroom and occur in children between 16 months and 36 months old.

Cords cause more of a risk to toddlers as they are more mobile and have no sense of danger.

Many household blinds can be up to 10 years old and do not follow current child safety regulations.

Keeping child safety at the heart of what we do

When fitting our blinds we will explain what makes them child safe and ensure that cords are an appropriate length so they are kept out of reach of children.

Our blind cords are carefully fixed to the wall and tied back with a child safety device, which comes with full instructions for parents.

Now that European product standards for window blinds have been published , any company supplying or installing, that don’t comply will be breaking the law will liable for prosecution.

If you are at all worried about the safety of your children around the window blinds you have currently in your home, please just ask a member of staff who will be happy to help.

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