If you’re thinking of replacing curtains with blinds, or you don’t feel comfortable with your current blinds due to child safety concerns, then you’ll be pleased to know there’s a safe alternative, and that’s child safe blinds. In this post, we’re going to be talking about what you need to know about these types of blinds and how safe they are for your children.
Child safe blinds are now compulsory
What you’ll find is that child safe blinds have been compulsory since 2014 in all domestic homes. This means that all blinds where there are children must be fitted with appropriate safety devices so your children are safe from harm.
How does this work with different types of blinds
Vertical blinds offer two options. There is the wand system which operates by letting you open and pull your blinds shut, and this is extremely popular. A plastic rod replaces the cord and chain normally associated with a conventional blind and it’s a lot safer. The second option is a cord and chain with P bracket. It works in such a way that it’s taught enough so no loops are formed, which can cause strangulation.
These come with two options the same as vertical. The first is with a P bracket and the second is a double chain break. This allows you to have a chain attached to your blinds but two parts that hold the chain together come apart very easily if it’s pulled on by a curious child.
These come in different materials, usually PVC, aluminium or wood. There is only one safety option with this type of blind and this will mean you fitting a cleat to the wall or frame as high as possible. When the blind is stationary make sure the cords are wrapped around it keeping them out of the reach of curious hands.
You won’t be able to use a chain break system unfortunately, but you can fit a P bracket to the frame or wall next to your blind. This will keep the chain tight and unable to form loops.
Child Safe Blinds From Knight Shades
As you can imagine child safe blinds are the best option for your home if you have young children. As we’ve seen, there are different options and different styles of blinds to choose from, so you can still be stylish but remain safe at the same time. If there are any questions you’d like to ask us about child safe blinds, then please get in touch with us here at Knight Shades, and one of our team will be more than happy to answer your queries.