Roman Blind Safety
Roman Blind Safety is a very important consideration when buying new blinds. The Government has brought into force some strict health and safety guidelines that suppliers of blinds need to comply with. Window blinds are popular ways of shading windows and offering privacy. However, some blinds have operating cords or chains which must be kept out of the reach of babies and young children.
Designed to be Safe
When purchasing new blinds, discuss with your supplier what your options are and which styles are designed to be safe. You can have blinds that do not use an operating cord or chain, or use cords that are held under tension or concealed in the system of the blind. You can also have motorised blinds which you can operate from your Alexa/Echo Dot or with an app on your mobile device. If you are interested in learning more about motorised blinds, please call me!
As a maker of blinds I have a responsibility to supply headrails and components with safety devices. This is to prevent cords or chains from creating dangerous loops. Please check that your maker is up to speed on how to make your blinds safe. You can read more about it at The British Blind and Shutter Association or at The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents or watch this video.
I strongly recommend that you fit your roman blind onto a headrail that complies with the child safety guidelines. In certain circumstances you may need to have a wooden baton headrail. However, because these are handmade please ensure that they are safe to use in your home. If your widow size or the position means you have to have cord or chain operated blinds then the blinds must be fitted with a safety device and the cords and chains will be restricted lengths to comply with regulations.
Once your blinds are installed please do not allow your children to play with the cords or chains. It is also advised to keep cots and furniture away from the window.