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Childs Blind Safety


When it comes to choosing your new blinds, making sure they are safe for children to be around is of the utmost importance. Here at Direct Blinds, we support the Make It Safe campaign. We understand that young children tend to be very inquisitive, which is why it is so important that any cords or chains that are used to operate the blind are kept out of reach, and that the appropriate safety steps are taken. We're happy to provide the necessary safety equipment to our customers free of charge, helping you to ensure a safe and happy home. 

In this guide you will find advice on:  

Our Blinds - Child Safe By Design 

Cordless blinds 

Blinds that are cordless eliminate the risk of possible hazards such as becoming tangled in a chain, while still providing the necessary function you require from your blinds. They are usually operated by simply pulling the blind, rather than relying on a cord or chain. 

Some cordless blinds also feature a motor, meaning they can be easily operated using a remote control.

Wands 

Our vertical blinds that are operated by a wand also offer a safer option if you have children in the house. The use of a wand eliminates the risk that comes with a cord function. 

Safety devices 

For all our blinds, we can provide safety devices to help 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. 

As well as making sure cords and chains are out of reach, making sure you position furniture safely away from any windows can help to prevent children from climbing up to reach the blind. 
 

Child Safety Devices 


For both your new and existing blinds, certain accessories can be fitted in order to make them as safe as possible. The chains and cords used to operate a blind can be a potential safety risk when proper caution isn’t taken, especially for young children, so our handy guide provides an insight into the types of safety accessories available.
 

Breakaway Connectors 

Breakaway chain connectors can be applied to the chain cord of a blind. With this type of safety device, if more pressure than is necessary to operate the blind is applied to the chain, the connector will break apart. To reconnect the device, it simply clicks onto the chain again for easy-use. 
 

Blind Cleat 

A cleat can be used to neatly tidy away the cord for a blind, keeping it out of reach for any children that may otherwise come into contact with it. The cleat is attached to the wall at a height that means it is out of reach, and the cord can be wrapped around it in a figure of eight motion. This way, the cord is safety tidied away and out of reach for young children. 
 

Cord Stops 

A cord stop can be found on Venetian blinds, and much like the breakaway connector, it starts to work when unnecessary pressure is applied to the blind cord. When this occurs, the cord stop prevents the cord from pulling through the headrail. 
 

Tensioners 

A chain tensioner, like the cleat, is another form of safety device that is attached to the wall. The idea is that it keeps the blind chain taut, as the device is fixed as far as possible from the top of the blind - meaning there isn't any excess chain dangling down. 
 

Child Safety Devices by Blind Type 

 
Product Control Type Control specification Accessories Installation
Roller Blinds/ Vision Blinds Sidewinder chain (Standard) 100 cm continuous loop chain supplied. 'P' Clip Control Tidy Factory fitted
Roller Blinds Tension Spring (optional extra) order by telephone Single centre pull cord with acorn   Factory fitted
Venetian Blinds 25/15mm slat
Aluminium
Tilt wand Wand 66% (two thirds) of blind drop, child safe 1) Split breakaway acorn on cords 1) Factory fitted. Simply click back together if required
Raise/lower cords 100 cm maximum cord drop 2) Cord cleat to tidy cords 2) Install safety device
    3) Cord stops to prevent cords pulling through headrail 3) Factory fitted
Venetian Blinds 35/50mm slat
Aluminium
Wand Tilt 100 cm maximum cord drop 1) Cord cleats to tidy cords 1) Install safety device
Cord raise and lower 2) Cord stops to prevent cords pulling through headrail 2) Factory fitted
Vertical Blinds Chain Tilt 100 cm maximum cord drop P' Clip control tidy Install clip as instructions enclosed
Cord Draw
(Standard)
Vertical Blinds Wand tilt and draw Childsafe, wand length standard as required None required Wand factory fitted
(optional) Single wand for left or right hand stack bunch
  Split bunch stack not available with wand
Wooden Blinds Cord Tilt 100 cm maximum cord drop 1) Cord cleats to tidy cords 1) Install safety device
Cord raise and lower 2) Cord stops to prevent cords pulling through headrail 2) Factory fitted
  3) Cord connector to convert multi cords to single 3) Factory fitted
Roman Blinds Sidewinder 100 cm maximum control drop. Endless loop 1) 'P' Clip control tidy 1) Fit as instructions enclosed
Chain Control 2) Cord stops to prevent cords pulling through headrail 2) Factory Fitted
  3) Breakaway rear cord guides, separate under pressure 3) Click back together if required
Curtains Not applicable Not applicable We would recommend the draw cords on pencil pleat headings are tied in a ball and secured adjacent to the tape  
Panel Blinds Wand Control Standard appopriate wand length supplied Childsafe, none required Wand factory fitted
Panel Blinds Cord control 100 cm maximum cord drop P' Clip control tidy Install clip as instructions enclosed
Pleated Blinds Freehanging Cord control 100 cm maximum cord drop 1) Cord cleats to tidy cords 1) Install safety device
2) Split breakaway acorn on cords 2) Factory Fitted. Simply click back together if required.
3) Cord Connector to convert multi cords to single 3) Factory fitted
Pleated blinds Skylight Hand or Wand Control Supplied for hand operation. Detachable rod available for out of reach situations. Chargeable, order by telephone. None required, childsafe  
Perfect fit Pleated blinds Hand or Wand Control Supplied for hand operation. Detachable rod available for out of reach situations. Chargeable, order by telephone. None required, childsafe  
Perfect Fit Venetian Blinds Tilt wand Wand 66% (two thirds) of blind drop, child safe 1) Split breakaway acorn on cords 1) Factory fitted. Simply click back together if required
Raise/lower cords 100 cm maximum cord drop 2) Cord cleat to tidy cords 2) Install safety device
    3) Cord stops to prevent cords pulling through headrail 3) Factory fitted
Perfect Fit Roller Blinds Hand Operation Childsafe None required  
 

Blind Safety Tips for Parents 

Despite parents’ best efforts, blind cords and ties can cause a very real threat of harm to babies or young children. As of 2014, new guidelines have come into place to strengthen pre-existing safety requirements and product standards, which we at Direct Blinds have always endeavoured to 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 children’s beds away from the window 

By placing cots or beds away from the window, babies and toddlers won’t be able to accidentally entangle themselves. Children are naturally inquisitive, so avoid placing climbable furniture such as sofas, boxes or beanbags near a window where they might be tempted to pull themselves up and play.
 

Knot cords 

Always knot cords rather than loop them – this will avoid creating a natural loop for youngsters to get their heads trapped within. Always make sure to trim down overly long cords so they do not dangle near children’s reach.
 

Consider cordless blinds 

Eliminate the risk of your child becoming entangled cords by installing cordless blinds in their bedroom or playroom. Direct Blinds offer a vast array of blind options that come with wand or spring operation, making them safe for your child to be around or even learn to use for themselves. 


Tie up loose cords 

To avoid dangling 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.
 

Use breakaway options

Direct Blinds also offer a range of ‘breakaway’ connections that will disconnect a cord loop if placed under undue pressure. Breakaway tassels can be attached to the ends of cords, whilst chain break connectors sit in the middle of the chain. The best breakaway option will depend on your chosen blind, so be sure to read the appropriate descriptions before you buy.