Child Safety Week is run by Child Accident Prevention Trust to raise awareness of the risks of child accidents and how they can be prevented. This years’ Child Safety Week runs from Monday 3rd June to Sunday 9th June 2019.
Making blinds safe for children:
If you have an environment where children under the age of 42 months are present or likely to have access, you must install blinds which are compliant with the child safety requirements of BS EN 13120:2009+A1:2014.
The EU Decision makes it clear that this applies to all public buildings and the publicly accessible areas of commercial buildings.
Choose “safe by design” blinds:
When choosing new blinds, particularly for schools or education facilities, it is recommended to consider inherently safe products. These are blinds which do not contain any cords or chains to operate the blind and require no additional safety devices.
The most popular option for an inherently safe blind is a gear operated blind. This is where a gearbox is fitted at one end of the blind and operated by a crank handle. The crank handle can be permanently attached or detachable to prevent unauthorised use of the blinds. Crank (or gear) operated blinds are available as roller blinds, vertical blinds and venetian blinds.
Motorising blinds is another way of ensuring that the window coverings are inherently safe as this also removes operating cords and chains. A blind control system enables the control and automation of any blind products in virtually any way required to suit the user’s needs from system interfaces to specified design criteria.
External shading can also be considered inherently safe as it is fitted outside of the building.
In-built safety devices:
There may be some areas where the window size, position or shape means that an inherently safe blind isn’t suitable or possible to install. It is still possible to make blinds operating with chains and cords safe, by fitting them with a compliant safety device. These devices are built into the blind and typically involve a breakaway system where the cord or chain will part under undue pressure. The safety standard requires that the breakaway pressure is less than 6kg so these systems may not be ideal for high use areas as chains may weaken over time and come apart under ‘normal’ use.
Safety devices such as tensioning devices for looped cords and chains and cleats for cords can also be used and must be fitted in accordance with the instructions.
The chart below shows the maximum cord and chain length from the installation height:
InterLace Blinds and Child Safety:
InterLace Blinds are pleased to be one of a handful of suppliers that offer blinds that have been specifically designed for the education sector and are therefore inherently safe by design.
With excerpts from: https://www.makeitsafe.org.uk/commercial/