In 2009, the British Blind and Shutter Association (BBSA) launched the “Make It Safe” campaign for improved safety standards for internal window blinds. Supported by The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA), and Child Accident Prevention Trust (CAPT) the BBSA have issued the following warnings and advice:
Sadly, according to RoSPA there have been over 30 fatalities across the UK involving babies or young children becoming entangled in window blind cords or chains, since 1999. These deaths are preventable and we would strongly recommend that the advice provided by the BBSA is complied with to ensure the safety and wellbeing of any children that may occupy or visit your home. These guidelines are of particular significance to the 0-42 month age group.
All blinds supplied by Blinds & Shutters by David Lamb, adhere to the European EN 13120 standard (Internal blinds – performance requirements including safety) as a minimum safety requirement.
Many of our products are classed as “Safe by Design” as they eliminate the requirement for pull, chain or bead cords. Should you select a product that comes supplied with an operating cord or chain, a safety device will be provided. There are various types of safety device available:
Child safety is of paramount importance and we will be more than happy to discuss any additional questions or concerns you have regarding either child safety, or the safety devices available during your appointment or fitting.