Child Safety Blinds
Child Safety Blinds
At Cork Blinds, we launched our ‘Child Safety Blinds’ campaign back in July 2012 as part of their commitment to providing safe, quality products that customers can trust. Central to this campaign is the introduction of a new range of devices designed to keep blind controls taut and stop them moving from the wall providing maximum safety. The media, with thanks to Mr. Aaron O’Connell from www.windowblindsafety.ie recently highlighted the unfortunate deaths of children who strangled themselves on blind cords. Cork Blinds want to provide peace of mind to customers and are offering free child safety devices with any order made via one of our in-home advisers.
Taking a few simple precautions, such as fitting a safety device to window blind cords, could save a life. Never put a cot, bed, high chair or playpen within a child’s reach of a curtain or blind cord.
Make your existing blinds or curtains safe
- Fit a safety device to all corded window products.
- Cords ending in a loop are particularly risky. Cut the cord to get rid of the loop and install non-tangle tassels. Do not knot or tie the ends together after cutting the cord – this creates a new loop which a child could become tangled in.
- The cords should end at least 1.6 metres (5 feet 3 inches) above the ground so children cannot reach them.
- Replace cords with curtain or blind wands, but avoid possible eye injuries by making sure children cannot reach them
- Where cords cannot be cut, a tie down or tension device can be used to pull the cord tight and secure it to the floor or wall. This is also a solution for vertical blinds with continuous loop cords.
- Never put a cot, bed, high chair or playpen near a window or patio door where a child can reach a curtain or blind cord
- Keep sofas, chairs, tables, shelves or bookcases away from windows to prevent children climbing up and reaching curtain or blind cords
A word of caution
These tips should help to protect your child from possible serious harm. You should be aware that all risks cannot be eliminated.
Parents and people should always follow the safety instructions, and you should always keep window blind cords and parts out of the reach of children. Using safety devices may reduce the risk of a child being strangled but nothing can be considered risk-free.
A – Fit the blind Locate and fit the base plate allowing the chain to run smoothly and without hindering the operation of the blind.
B – Locate the ratchet.
C – Attach the chain. This should be taut allowing the blind to run freely.
D – Finally, clip the cover in place.
child safety blinds