Blinds are a fantastic way to adorn your windows, offering numerous advantages and features due to their stylish design and function. However, a crucial consideration when having blinds installed is the operating cords and chains that may be present, depending on the style you choose. These cords and chains could cause serious injuries or, worse still, pose a fatal risk to babies, small children, pets, and vulnerable individuals.
All blinds produced and sold after February 2014 must comply with detailed child safety requirements. When installed by a professional, they must fit the appropriate safety devices as required by law. At Gillian’s Blinds, we take this responsibility very seriously. Further information can be found on the Make It Safe website, provided by the British Blind and Shutter Association.
In recent years, many developments in the blind manufacturing industry have made it possible for blinds to be operated without cords or chains, such as manual or motorised blinds. However, there are sizes and shapes of windows that do not lend themselves to having cordless window blinds; therefore, safety features need to be in place to mitigate the risk of entrapment.
We equip our Venetian blinds with an in-built safety feature: lightweight plastic breakaway cord consolidators. These consolidators hold the cords together internally and sit at the midpoint of the cords when the blind is fully raised.
Venetian blinds, by their very design, have more than one cord to operate them. These cords can pose an entrapment hazard to pets and children. With a cord consolidator in place, should entrapment occur, the consolidator will break away easily. The cords above the consolidator are cut and knotted at the ends, and then placed firmly inside a groove in the consolidator. This plastic groove creates a pinch point so that the knots cannot escape. A knotted single cord is then set in the base of the other half of the consolidator to hang below it, which is used to pull the blind up and down.
To reassemble the consolidator safety device onto the cords, ensure that the blind is fully raised. Pull the cords attached to the blind taut, ensuring they are all of equal length. Place them firmly inside the plastic groove in the consolidator and give a slight tug to check that they are securely inside.
With the cords securely in place, snap the two pieces of the consolidator back together. Test its functionality by pulling the blind down by its cord and then back up again. In everyday use, always pull on the cord below the safety device and not above. As it is designed to break away if entanglement occurs above the device, it will also come apart if you pull on the cord above the consolidator.
Blinds with cords fitted prior to 2014 can still be made safe, easily and affordably. The Make It Safe website provides helpful information on how to accomplish this.
For further information and advice on all aspects of blind safety features, please visit the Make It Safe website. Your safety is our priority, and we encourage everyone to understand the necessary safety features associated with window blinds.
Our mission at Gillian’s Blinds is to ensure your safety while enjoying the style and functionality of our products. If you have any questions or require professional assistance with blind safety features, please don’t hesitate to contact us. We’re here to help make your home a safer place.
We also encourage all our customers to visit the Make It Safe website regularly and stay informed about the latest safety requirements and features in the blind industry. Remember, the safety of your loved ones is of paramount importance. Don’t compromise on it.