All our Window blinds come with a safety device for cords and chains which must be kept out of reach of babies and small children and there are many solutions for new and existing blinds. Examine every blind in your home. If they have a looped control chain or cord and do not have a safety device fitted then you can easily install one of the many devices available.
All Blind cords and chains should be fitted in a position so it cannot be reached by child.
Make sure that there isn’t anything near the windows to enable a small child or baby to climb.
We are members of the Make it Safe Campaign
The British Blind and Shutter Association (BBSA) launched the Make it Safe campaign in 2009 campaigning for safer blinds. The BBSA welcomes the mandatory requirements for internal blinds. The Make it Safe campaign was established by the BBSA to ensure effective development of standards for internal window blinds and to provide appropriate safety advice to homeowners and those responsible for public and commercial buildings.
The BBSA has worked with European standards bodies to ensure the development of new standards for internal window blinds. Published at the end of February 2014 in the UK these standards will define a safe product under the General Product Safety Regulations and the BBSA fully supports the legal requirements this will place on the entire industry.
In effect this will mean any trader manufacturing, importing, selling or installing window blinds must comply with these standards by law.
The BBSA is pleased to see that there are also new standards regarding the testing of safety devices themselves so consumers can buy retrofit items safe in the knowledge they are fit for purpose.
Information and Advice
Since 2009 the BBSA has supplied over 1,300,000 Make it Safe brochures to consumers, child care and health professionals across the UK. The original Make it Safe brochure is also available in Welsh, Polish and Gaelic.
The internationally recognised Make it Safe video helps to communicate how to make existing blinds safer and what to consider when considering new blinds.
The BBSA has provided tens of thousands of safety devices free of charge to members of the public irrespective of where they bought their blind.
We have provided RoSPA with subsidised and free safety devices and brochures to support their work. RoSPA have provided in excess of 430,000 packs as part of their work with the Make it Safe campaign.
Benny Distribution UK Ltd T/A Valley Blinds