There isn’t a lot you can say about these instances, other than feel for the family. I’m writing this as a father and everyone within Premier Blinds & Awnings have children of various ages.
We have been fitting and offering child safe products for a long time now, ensuring chords are fitted with cleats and chains in P-clips.
We specialise in automation and can do it for the single blind to the whole home with multiple blinds and rooms. All motorisation is inherently safe in comparison because it avoids the key issue – chains and chords.
New regulations that have been introduced for the industry which means cord or chain operated blinds can only be installed with a safety breaker and/or retention bracket or cleat to reduce the risk of strangulation persons.
We can only believe this was good practice but is now law. Done properly and used will help avoid these instances in the future.
‘Sophie’s stuck’: Toddler, two, found dead by her brother, four, after becoming entangled in window blind cord while playing hide and seek
- Sophie Allen died at Newcastle Royal Victoria hospital on Saturday
- Two-year-old got tangled in beaded cord loop while playing with brother
- Mother Danielle Hudson urged parents to be aware of the dangers
- Paying tribute she said: ‘She was loving and happy, always smiling’
MAKE SURE YOUR BLINDS ARE CHILD SAFE
The crux of the regulation is simple ‘MAKE IT SAFE’ but that does mean there needs to be a little more thought applied about what solution is installed to ensure they are child safe.
Regulation EN13120 means cord or chain operated blinds can only be installed with a safety breaker and/or retention bracket or cleat to reduce the risk of strangulation to children and vulnerable persons.
Learn more – http://www.blindsawnings.com/child-safety.html