Window blinds

This information is intended as a guide only. You should contact your supplier with any queries regarding the safety of your blinds.

A number of deaths of children caused by loose cords and chains from window blinds have been reported by the media in recent years. The cords and chains of window blinds and curtains can pose a risk of strangulation to young children, particularly if they are under the age of three.  Keep window blinds safe by following these tips:

  • Move beds, cots and furniture away from windows.
  • Keep cords and chains out of reach of children – cords should end at least 1.6 metres above the ground.
  • Make your existing blinds or curtains safe – try to get rid of cords ending in a loop – learn how easy it is by watching our video.
  • Choose new blinds or curtains carefully – there are now many options available that don’t have cords or chains.
  • Ask the shop if the blind meets the safety standard EN 13120:2009+A1:2014.
  • Check to see if a warning notice is on the blind.
  • Check that the blind includes a safety device for keeping the cord out of the reach of children and that the safety device meets the safety standards EN 16433:2014 and EN 16434:2014 and that it is fitted at the same time that the blind is installed.
  • Check that written instructions for assembly, installation, use and maintenance are provided, and follow them if you are installing the blind yourself.
Remember these tips can help to protect your child from possible serious harm. Using proper safety devices can also reduce the risk of a child being strangled but nothing can be considered risk-free. Always keep window blind cords and chains out of the reach of children and follow all safety instructions provided.

Contact us

If you see any products you think are unsafe, contact us and let us know who was selling it and where by calling our consumer helpline on 01 402 5555 or lo-call 1890 432 432.

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