The Blind Cord Safety Regulations 2014
Date online: 03/04/2019
The Blind Cord Safety Regulations 2014 covers venetian blinds, roller blinds, vertical blinds and pleated blinds, honeycomb blinds, Roman shades, Austrian/Festoon blinds, panel blinds, plantation shutters and roll-up blinds.
- There have been at least 33 child deaths across the UK due to looped cords since 1999.
- New blinds must be "safe by design" or be supplied with the appropriate child safety devices installed. All blinds must carry safety warnings.
- If tenants and landlords are fitting blinds they must follow the instructions supplied with the product and make sure they are fitted with any safety device.
- Landlords are responsible for blinds that have been left up by previous tenants and therefore they are advised to remove them if they do not meet the safety standards before re-letting the property.
- Landlords have a duty of care to their tenants, including keeping their rented properties safe and free from health hazards.
- If the blinds cannot be made safe by the addition of a compliant safety device(s) they should be replaced.
- Blinds installed by the landlord or his agent after February 2014 must be compliant with BS EN 13120:2009+A1:2014.
- Blinds installed by the tenant should be checked to ensure they are compliant as part of the landlord/agent inspections.
- Compliance is required irrespective of the age of the tenants.
- Install blinds that do not have a cord, particularly in a child's bedroom.
- Do not place a child's cot, bed, playpen or highchair near a window.
- Pull-cords on curtains and blinds should be kept short and kept out of reach.
- Tie up the cords or use one of the many cleats, cord tidies, clips or ties that are available.
- RoSPA does not recommend that cords are cut, cutting the cord in the wrong place can make the blind inoperable; and it may also lead to one cord becoming a lot longer which increases the risk of entanglement. Cut cords can also become tangled up resulting in the reformation of a loop.
For further information please click on the following link: http://www.rospa.com/rospaweb/docs/advice-services/home-safety/blind-cord-safety.pdf