Make Your Blinds Child Safe – Simple Guide for Parents

Don’t worry, we are not about to bore you with a tedious health & safety guide. The main purpose of this blog post is to share a few simple things you can do to reduce any potential hazards to children in your home.

Even if you think that no kids will ever enter your home, we suggest you read this guide to learn why all our blinds come with child safety accessories and why it’s important to use them properly. Plus, these recommendations will be useful for your pet safety as well.


What blinds have to do with child safety?

Ages ago operating chains and cords were a real danger for kids; the dangling, operating chains could create a natural loop for youngsters to get their heads trapped within and strangled.

Thankfully, these times are long gone. As of 2014, new guidelines have come into place to strengthen pre-existing safety requirements and product standards, which all blind manufacturers must maintain at the highest level.

However, there are some simple things you can do yourself to make sure that your home environment is as safe as possible for your children.
 


Keep climbable furniture away from the window 

Before we get into nitty-gritty of child safety devices and inherently child safe blinds, let’s start with the most obvious and simple advice.

Ensuring your kids can’t reach the window dressing and its operating cords and chains is the first and foremost step parents should take. Avoid placing furniture such as sofas, boxes or beanbags near a window where babies and toddlers might be tempted to pull themselves up and play.

By placing cots or beds away from the window, your kids won’t be able to reach the operating chains and accidentally be harmed by them.
 

Use child safety devices that come with your blinds

All our blinds come with free children safety devices; they differ depending on the blind type you purchase.

Safety devices are designed to 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. 

Don’t underestimate the importance of these and read the fitting instructions carefully to ensure you use and fit them correctly.

All child safety devices are free of charge, so you don’t have to worry about extra costs.
 

If you want to learn more details about child safety device that we supply, please visit this page.

Remember that even if you don’t have kids in your home all the time; it’s important that your blinds are child safe for your friends’ kids or other kids in the family that might visit you. All the child safety devices are also useful for pet safety.


Avoid leaving dangling cords and chains

All our blinds come with the devices that are designed to avoid any cords left dangling near children’s reach. Please avoid creating a natural loop for youngsters to get their heads trapped within by knotting and looping operating cords.

Always use a clip tie, cleat or chain tidy, mounted to the adjacent wall. Not only will this look much neater in your home, it makes it much harder for small children to entangle themselves in the cord or loop it around themselves.

Always make sure to trim down overly long cords so they do not dangle near children’s reach. 
 


Consider cordless blinds for your children bedroom or playroom

Even though we ensure that all our blinds are totally safe for kids, there are inherently child safe cordless blinds that are perfect for children’s bedrooms or playrooms.

We offer a few different options; all depends on your budget and the blind type you prefer.

If you’re after roller blinds, we suggest choosing spring operated or electric option. Blackout roller blinds are one of the best options for nurseries and playrooms, because they reduce the amount of light getting through the fabric.
 

You can even upgrade your electric roller blinds to Smart Hub Blinds, which allows you to operate your blinds using your phone or voice control devices like Alexa and Google Home. This option is perfect if you want your kids to operate the blinds themselves and do it in a fun way.

If you’re after vertical blinds, you can choose a wand control options which eliminates the risk that comes with a cord function. Plus, we offer chainless or sealed-in weights that don’t have any chains. This option is perfect if you want to have increased control over the amount of light coming into a room.

Another option is coloured shutters, which are a very sophisticated option and great for increased privacy, light and air control. Even though shutters are much more expensive than the blinds are, they will last you years to come and offer a timeless look.
 

Feel free to get in touch with us if you want to go into more details on the children’s blinds options.

So here it is, a brief blind safety guide. As we promised, we didn’t bore you with loads of details, but shared the most important information. Click here if you want to view our complete children’s’ blind range.

 

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