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The safety of our customers and their families has been and always will be top of the priorities list for Reynolds Blinds.
For this reason we have worked hand in hand with the British Blinds and Shutter Association and ROSPA over the development of safer products and installation methods for blinds and curtains.
Tragically there are a very small number of children who become entangled in blind cords every year and die as a result of strangulation.
What is the risk?
Records show that most accidents happen in the child’s own bedroom at a time when they are expected to be asleep. The age ranges spans from 18-42 months with the majority happening at around 24 months.
At this age, children are becoming mobile and inquisitive. Their heads are proportionally heavier than their body, making it very difficult for them to untangle themselves if they get caught in a blind cord.
Although this occurrence is extremely rare, one death is too many and we are constantly looking to change our products to incorporate the best, most up to date systems and manufacturing processes to make our blinds as safe as possible but still allowing you to operate our products with ease and convenience.
New safety standards.
Every blind that leaves Reynolds will be fully compliant with the child safety section EN13120, the European standard for blind manufacture, and our installers are fully trained to install product as per this standard. This Standard places restrictions on maximum cord lengths and how cord loops must be retained.
However there is a legacy of existing window blinds that have been fitted over many years that are not compliant with the new standard, but could be made safer with some simple modification. We are always happy to offer help and advice to retail or commercial customers as to how these products could be improved with regards to child safety. Often they do not need replacing, with remedies’ as simple as to shorten cord lengths or retro fitting safety devices.Precautions that are simple to take include:
- Keeping cots and furniture away from the window so that young children cannot climb and access the blind cords
- Tie long cords up very high to prevent children using them
- When changing window treatments, look for a cordless version.
We do not recommend just cutting the cords! Incorrect cutting can make a blind inoperable, or worse result in part of the cord becoming a lot longer and more of a risk. It is best to call your local Reynolds showroom for advise where we can suggest the most appropriate method to reduce any risk that you blinds may pose.
Where can I get help?
If you require advice or want to learn more about what you can do to modify your blind. The please do not hesitate to contact us by clicking here. Alternatively you can find more information at the following website:
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