It's now illegal to supply or professionally install an internal window blind which doesn't comply with the new child safety requirements. Blinds fully compliant with BS EN 13120:2009+A1:2014 are confirmed as 'safe by design', and this standard applies to all blinds fitted in all rooms in every home or public space, regardless of whether children are present or not.
As a leading commercial blind manufacturer, we ensure our blind systems are as safe as possible. Whilst all our blinds have child safety features incorporated, such as breakaway chains, p-clips, cleats and chain tidies and fully comply with the law, we also offer blind systems that pose no risk at all.
Easy break chain connector
Our easy break chain connectors are a great safety feature. If excessive weight is applied to the control chain, the connector will ensure the loop separates. We recommend that easy break chain connectors should be used in any environment involving children.
Installing the easy break chain connector is simple. You must first break the blind’s chain loop and then insert the last ball on the end of the chain into the hole in the connector and push it into place. Repeat this process with the other part of the broken chain to form a new chain loop. If a connector comes apart and is undamaged, it will need to be reconnected following the same process.
Safe blind options
Crank-operated roller blinds completely remove the risk simply because there are no cords. The crank handle can even be removed for enhanced safety; perfect for environments such as schools. A motorised electric blind has no dangling cords, with the key components hidden inside the barrel of the blind. A spring blind removes the risk of a child getting caught up in the cords simply because a braked spring is used to raise and lower the blind.
Please educate your clients on the simple safety measures that come with our systems and choose ‘Child Safe Plus’ blinds for products without cords on our website product pages.
For high-risk settings
In high-risk environments where safety is an absolute priority, we highly recommend our Kestrel® anti-ligature products. Our anti-ligature systems are specifically designed to safeguard against ligature risks and reduce weapons risk, making them well-suited to mental health facilities and detention centres where violence is a constant risk.
All our anti-ligature roller blinds and vertical blinds, curtain tracks and cubicle tracks, accessory mounting plates and en-suite doors are carefully designed to eliminate ligature risks.
For more information about our anti-ligature range, please click here