Blind Cord Safety Requirements
Important Notice regarding blind cord safety requirements
The British Standards Institution published new standards in 2014 based upon the European Standards on safety requirements to clarify risks posed to children by internal blinds, curtains, corded window coverings and safety devices.
Blinds which are installed with cords and chains must be installed with breakaway connectors, cord and chain safety retainers or cleats and the cords and chains must be maintained at a minimum 1.5 metres from the floor level and secured with a complaint safety device. Without this device, the blind is not compliant.
If the installation height of the blind is less than 150cms from the floor, then an operating chain with a maximum loop of 20cms can be used and is deemed to have removed the hazard.
If you are buying new blinds, ensure they are ‘safe by design’ or have the appropriate safety devices included. For further information please download the full ROSPA sheet.. click here.