Child Safety – ‘make it safe’
The BBSA and its members are fully committed to help eliminate the risk associated with harzardous looped operating cords, chains and tapes used on window blinds.
Window blind cords and chains must be kept out of reach of babies and small children and there are many solutions for new and existing blinds. Here is what you should do now if you have babies or young children living in your house or if babies or young children may visit:
Examine every blind in your home. If they have a looped control chain or cord and do not have a safety device fitted then you can easily install one of the many devices available. Ask your nearest BBSA member or ‘make it safe’ dealer who will be happy to assist you.
- Ensure that all operating blind cords and chains cannot be reached by children.
- When buying a new blind always look for one that does not contain cords, has concealed cords or has an in-built safety device.
- Move cots, beds and any furniture away from windows and blinds – remember children love to climb.
All BBSA members are fully accredited to the ‘make it safe’ campaign. In addition to this we have a number of non members who have signed up to support the campaign, a list of whom can be found here.
For more information on child safety at home please see:
Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) website
Child Accident Prevention Trust (CAPT) website
To watch the BBSA’s make it safe video then please click here you can also download their make it safe leaflet.