Window Blind Cord Safety
Simple precautions to significantly reduce the risk.
Window blinds and window furnishings are inherently safe and millions are sold every year. However there have been instances of injury and child deaths resulting from accidents with window blind and window furnishings cords and chains. The cleats listed below are provided at the time of placing your order, and will match to your blind type.
WARNING In the interest of safety, please keep all pull cords and chains out of the reach of children. Move cots, beds and other furniture away from blinds and install safety devices, such as cleats and cord tidies, to limit access to cords. Hanging cords can be a potential risk to children, so the greatest care needs to be taken at all times.
Do not tie loose cords and chains together. Check the condition of all safety devices if not used regularly and replace if the device is faulty. The table below highlights which devices are necessary for different blind types.
We do everything we can to make sure your chosen product is safe for your child. As a minimum, all of our blinds meet the European Standard BS EN 13120 for both performance and safety. Beyond this, safety is at the forefront of our minds right through the design process as we strive to make products that are not only stylish and high-quality, but also safe.
The information in this leaflet gives guidance for fitting the provided child safety devices. Please read it carefully and keep it safe for future reference.
Only use the devices and cords/chains provided with your blind.
Devices are under continuous development. For this reason, some photographs may not be an exact representation of the provided device, although their function will be the same.
Window coverings can pose a danger to small children. Please be aware that swallowing small parts can cause internal asphyxiation. Looped or low hanging cords, chains or tapes can also cause strangulation.
Please read these instructions carefully before installing and using the device(s). Children can be strangled if any device is not installed correctly. All safety devices must be correctly installed for the protection from strangulation of young children and the proper use of the blind. Keep the instructions for future reference.
As the end user you have a responsibility to insure the safety device is fitted as per our fitting guides set out below. This will also be provided as an attachment with your order confirmation. If you do not receive a safety device with your order, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org stating your order number and blind that requires the safety cleat. Do not fit your blinds until you have received the replacement safety cleat.
Why not take this opportunity to inspect all the blinds in your home? If they do not have a safety device fitted, in the interest of safety, you must fit one. For assistance with the correct cleat for the blind in question, contact us at email@example.com where we can advise on component cost and supply.
NOTE: Child safety loose cords and looped cords.
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“Please advise us immediately after placing your order quoting your order number via email, if your blind headrail is to be installed in excess of 2.5 metres from the floor. This is essential so that control lengths can be adjusted, otherwise blinds will be supplied with controls compliant with EN 13120 so will be supplied up to a maximum of 1 metre long.”
*If drop is greater than 2.5m then cord and chain length must be less than or equal to drop of blind minus 1.5m.
Wooden venetians, aluminium venetians, pleated, woven wood, roman standard cord and cleat type.
This should be securely fixed to an adjacent wall, out of the reach of children, and the cord/chain secured as shown, after each operation of the blind.
Fitting the safety cleat
Standard roman (corded), pleated, metal,wood and wood illusion venetians.
Blinds that require a safety cleat must not be installed less than 1.5m from the floor. Safety cleats keep cords taut and out of reach of children. Always wrap the cord around the cleat.
To fit your safety cleat, fix it to the wall with two screws in a position that's out of reach of children. Install it as close to the head rail as possible, ensuring that it is at least 1.5m from the floor.
There is a limit to the amount of cord that can be wrapped around a cleat.
- No more than:
- 2m of single cord with a diameter 2.2mm or less should be accumulated.
- 1m of single cord with a diameter 2.2mm should be accumulated in conjunction with any other cords.
- A maximum of:
- 6 cords with a diameter of 1.5mm or less can be accumulated.
- 7 cords with a diameter of 1mm or less can be accumulated.
- Only cords up to 2.2mm in diameter can be accumulated.
If more than one cleat is required for the complete amount of cord to be wrapped around, ensure that they are all positioned a maximum of 20cm apart and all are 1.5m from the floor.
Fitting the breakaway consolidators
Wood and wood illusion venetians.
Breakaway consolidators are designed for blinds with cords of 1.3-1.6 mm in diameter in the top, and cords of 2.1-2.3 mm in diameter in the bottom.
To install the consolidator, take the half with two holes in and thread the thicker cord up into the hole in the middle. Then thread the same cord downwards through the hole in the other half of the consolidator. Finally, thread the cord upwards through the remaining hole in the other half and tie a knot as close to the end as possible.
Next, make sure that the raise and lower cords are all the same length and knot them individually (making sure the knots are all the same distance from the ends). Insert the knotted ends into one of the grooves at the top of the consolidator, ensure that the knots are secured below the central panel and secure the two halves together.
If any reasonable weight is placed on the cords the breakaway safety consolidator will break apart. To reconnect the consolidator, check that it is not damaged, then re-insert the free cords as described above and place the sections together.
If any slack cording appears above the consolidator, lower the blind so that it is straight and raise it again.
Fitting inner cord stops
Venetians, standard roman (corded) and pleated blinds
One inner cord stop should be located on each raise and lower cord. All inner cord stops should be located as close to the headrail as possible, and not more than 5cm from the headrail when the blind is fully closed.
To install, make a small loop with a with the raise and lower cord near the head rail, then slide the cord stop over the loop end. Slip the free end of the raise and lower cord through the loop and loosely knot the cord stop onto the raise and lower cord. Tighten the knot to secure the cord below the head rail and limit the movement of inner cords.
The inner cord stops provided can be used on cords with a diameter of 0.8 - 1.5mm.
Fitting the breakaway safety tassel
Standard roman (corded), pleated and metal venetians
The safety tassel should not be installed on cords more than 1m in length when the blind is down, and should only be used in conjunction with inner cord stops.
To install the safety tassel, ensure that all of the raise and lower cords are the same length, then insert one of the cords through the hole in the top (the rounded end) of one of the sections of the tassel and secure with a knot. Repeat this with a different piece of cord in the second section of the tassel. When knotting the ends of the cords, ensure that they are all knotted at the same distance from the end of the cord.
Any other free cords should be individually knotted and placed into one of the holes that are formed when the two halves of the tassel are put together. A single or double knot should be sufficient to hold the tassel in place.
For pleated blinds, fold the cord back to double its thickness and tie the knot in the usual manner. Ensure that the knot is pulled tight and that the loop is as small as possible. Trim any excess cord and repeat for all cords in the blind, ensuring that they are knotted at the same length.
Breakaway safety tassels can be used on cords with a diameter of 0.7-1.6mm.
Roller Blind, Roman Blind sidewinder, Vertical blind.
This device is secured to an adjacent wall and the cord / chains are held permanently within the device.
Fitting the safety hook
Sidewinder roller, vertical, deluxe roman (sidewinder)
To fit the safety hook, put the control chain or cord (or both for verticals) into the hook. Ensure that the chain or cord is taut and that the hook is at the bottom of the loop. Screw the hook to a wall adjacent to the blind. If the hook has a slot, ensure the screw is placed at the bottom of the slot and that the chain is taut before screwing in place. This will prevent the hook from moving up and down during application and ensure that the correct tension is maintained. The chain will be held permanently taut and under constant tension by the safety hook.
The safety hook provided can be used on cords with a diameter of 1.7 - 2.2mm, as well as metal and plastic chains with a 6mm or 12mm pitch chain and a ball diameter of 4.45mm. One cord and one chain can be used together in a safety hook. Safety hooks can be used instead of chain break connectors on sidewinder roller blinds.
Fitting the chain break connecter
The chain break connector allows the chain to break apart if any reasonable force is place in the loop. The connector only works when in the vertical position, for this reason, two connectors must be fitted.
To fit the chain break connectors, join the control chain by placing the last ball of each end of the chain into the larger holes on each side of the connector. If your chain is a continuous loop, close your blind fully and cut the loop on the side nearest the window at the top of the blind for standard roll, or the front of loop if reverse roll. Next, measure 20cm down the chain and cut it at the nearest ball.
Then join the chain with a second chain break connector in the same way as above. If any reasonable weight is placed on the loop the chain break connector will break apart. To reconnect, check that the connector is not damaged and then insert each end of the ball chain into the connector as described above.
Chain break connectors can only be used with Roller blinds with a 6mm or 12mm pitch chain with a ball diameter of 4.45mm. Only use the supplied chain with the device.
This device is secured to an adjacent wall and the cord / chains are held permanently within the device.
Remove the cover. With the flat edge at the top, screw the backplate to an adjacent wall, at the height of the bottom of the control cord. Slip the cord over one of the pulley hooks and the chain over the other. Ensure that they are both taut. Shorten the chain accordingly if required. Do not shorten or cut the nylon cord. Replace the cover and check that the controls still work.
Fitting the inner cord breakaway cord
The inner cord breakaway is attached to the cord and tape on the reverse of the blind. The cord will break away from the front of the clip if any reasonable weight is placed on the cord on the back of the blind.
One inner cord breakaway clip should be used on each cord on each panel - ensuring that the blind can move up and down freely. The clip should be attached to the horizontal tape on the back of the blind. Slide the feet on the back of the clip onto two loops on the tape, with one foot in each loop. Then thread the cord into the front of the device. The inner cord breakaway clip provided can only be used on cord with a diameter of 1.2 and 1.3mm.
These instructions can also be found within the installation guides provided at time of purchase. And within the website on our installation guides page.
Use of additional safety devices may reduce the risk of strangulation or injury but cannot be considered fool proof. People in charge of children and vulnerable people are ultimately responsible for following the safety instructions provided by us the manufacturer.