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Changes to standards for blinds in 2014 have led to improved product safety

New blinds with looped cords must have child safety devices installed at the point of manufacture or sold with the blind. However, blinds installed earlier may not have these features and millions of households could be affected.

The following advice from the Office for Product Safety and Standards will help you to make your home safer for your children and young visitors:

  • Fit a tidy, tensioner or a cleat: tidies and tensioners should be firmly fixed to an adjoining surface so that the cord or chain are permanently held tight
  • Cleats should be positioned out of children’s reach on an adjacent surface, at least 1.5 metres from the floor
  • Cords should be fastened in a figure of eight after every use of the blind, making sure all the spare cord is secured on the cleat
  • Move furniture away from windows. Children love to climb, so keep furniture clear of window blinds. This includes cots, beds, highchairs and playpens

For more information and advice, go to:

Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents

Child Accident Prevention Trust

Trading Standards

Make it Safe