When it comes to choosing your new blinds, making sure they are safe for children to be around is of the utmost importance. Here, we support the Make It Safe campaign. We understand that young children tend to be very inquisitive, which is why it is so important that any cords or chains that are used to operate the blind are kept out of reach, and that the appropriate safety steps are taken.
We're happy to provide the necessary safety equipment to our customers free of charge, helping you to ensure a safe and happy home. Our Blinds - Child Safe By Design Cordless blinds Blinds that are cordless eliminate the risk of possible hazards such as becoming tangled in a chain, while still providing the necessary function you require from your blinds. They are usually operated by simply pulling the blind, rather than relying on a cord or chain. Some cordless blinds also feature a motor, meaning they can be easily operated using a remote control. Wands Our vertical blinds that are operated by a wand also offer a safer option if you have children in the house. The use of a wand eliminates the risk that comes with a cord function. Safety devices For all our blinds, we can provide safety devices to help prevent any accidents from occurring, whether that's a device which ensures any cords are safely tidied away, or an in-built feature to respond to any unnecessary pressure on a blind cord. As well as making sure cords and chains are out of reach, making sure you position furniture safely away from any windows can help to prevent children from climbing up to reach the blind. Child Safety Devices For both your new and existing blinds, certain accessories can be fitted in order to make them as safe as possible. The chains and cords used to operate a blind can be a potential safety risk when proper caution isn’t taken, especially for young children, so our handy guide provides an insight into the types of safety accessories available. Breakaway Connectors Breakaway chain connectors can be applied to the chain cord of a blind. With this type of safety device, if more pressure than is necessary to operate the blind is applied to the chain, the connector will break apart. To reconnect the device, it simply clicks onto the chain again for easy-use. Blind Cleat A cleat can be used to neatly tidy away the cord for a blind, keeping it out of reach for any children that may otherwise come into contact with it. The cleat is attached to the wall at a height that means it is out of reach, and the cord can be wrapped around it in a figure of eight motion. This way, the cord is safety tidied away and out of reach for young children. Cord Stops A cord stop can be found on Venetian blinds, and much like the breakaway connector, it starts to work when unnecessary pressure is applied to the blind cord. When this occurs, the cord stop prevents the cord from pulling through the headrail. Tensioners A chain tensioner, like the cleat, is another form of safety device that is attached to the wall. The idea is that it keeps the blind chain taut, as the device is fixed as far as possible from the top of the blind - meaning there isn't any excess chain dangling down. .