New blind cord standards published

On 28 February the British Standards Institution (BSI) published new standards for the sale and installation of blind cords making it illegal to sell or professionally install a window blind that does not meet the standards. The new standards also cover the safety devices that can be fitted to existing blinds with cords and chains.

However, the new standards do not apply to blinds already installed in people’s homes. They are a significant step to reducing blind cord accidents, but there is still a great deal of work to be done in raising awareness among parents – it is estimated that there are up to 200 million blinds in UK homes. 27 children in the UK have died from strangulation in the last 15 years after getting tangled in blind cords.

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Updated March 2014