Last reviewed 16 February 2021

Working with the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA), the Chartered Trading Standards Institute, the Child Accident Prevention Trust, and the British Blind and Shutter Association, the Office for Product Safety and Standards (OPSS) is sharing safety messages on how to keep children safe.

Its latest campaign highlights that looped blind cords and chains can strangle children and young people.

Although changes to standards for blinds in 2014 have led to improved product safety, the OPSS explains, products installed earlier may not have these safety features and millions of households could be affected.

Details of the new campaign can be found at GOV.UK.

This explains that, while new blinds with looped cords must have child safety devices installed at the point of manufacture or sold with the blind, there are a number of steps which should be taken to ensure the safety of blinds fitted before these requirements came into force.

For example, tidies and tensioners should be firmly fixed to an adjoining surface to ensure that the cord or chain is permanently held tight.

Cleats should be positioned out of children’s reach on an adjacent surface that is at least 1.5 metres from the floor. After blind use, cords should be fastened up in a figure of eight making sure all the spare cord is secured on the cleat.

In addition, furniture should be positioned away from windows so that it is not possible for children to climb up and reach looped blind cords.

Groups, businesses and individuals are encouraged to support the blind cord safety messages by retweeting and posting them on social media, using the hashtag #blindcordsafety.