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Child safety - Do your Blinds comply with the new European Standards?
The newly revised EU standards released in mid-March 2014 aim to improve safety of window blinds and reduce risks to children. The new regulations require that new blinds must be "safe by design" or be supplied with the appropriate child safety devices installed. This means that:
- where there is a loop present in a blind it will be fitted during manufacture with a safety device that will break under pressure - do your blinds have this?
- safety devices will also be supplied to secure the cord to a wall - is this a feature of your blinds?
The standard also imposes a maximum cord and chain length. All blinds must also continue to carry safety warnings.
The new EU regulations must be complied to where internal blinds are installed in premises where children aged from 0 to 42 months are likely to have access or to be present. Examples are homes, hotels, hospitals, churches, shops, schools and general public places. The new standards also apply when the destination of the blind is unknown.
However, the regulations do not apply where internal blinds are installed in premises where children are unlikely to have access. Examples are factories, laboratories etc. in these cases specific labels must be use as notice of this.
If you need help or advise on how to make your blinds safe, whether in your home, place of work or public area please do get in touch. At Leo Fits we can help you comply to the new regulations; please contact us.
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