Blinds are a beautiful window furnishing that can brighten up your home and provide excellent privacy solutions without breaking the bank. There are however some precautions that are well worth making a note of if you have young children or pets in the home.
Blinds operated by chains and cords can pose a potential threat if young children and pets are within reach of them. Luckily, there are several safety features that can be put in place to make them safer.
If your blind is operated with a looped chain, such as a roller blind, make it safer by using a tensioning device.
These devices should be securely fixed to an adjacent surface and at the maximum distance from the top of the blind so the cords or chains are held permanently taut by the device.
If your blinds are operated by cords, such as venetian blinds, you can use a cleat to store the cord.
Cleats should be securely fixed to an adjacent surface out of the reach of children and at least 1.5 metres from the floor. The cords must be secured in a figure of eight after each and every operation of the blind. Ensure all spare cord is securely contained on the cleat.
There are many cordless options available if you are considering updating your blinds. We have several motorised solutions in our showroom which you are welcome to come and try if you would like to see how they work.
If you would like more information on how you can make your blinds safer, visit our ‘Make It Safe’ page.