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A guide to childproofing Roller blinds
Children are naturally inquisitive. Their innocent nature, curiosity and knack for adventure propels them to explore their surroundings, most of the time under the watchful eye of their protective parents.
However, for those times when children are out of sight, parents must take the necessary precautions to child-proof their living environment, especially when it comes to roller blind chains.
Loose blind chains pose a risk of entanglement and strangulation to babies and toddlers alike. Therefore, at WeLoveBlinds, we ensure that roller blinds are fitted with essential safety devices that protect children without detracting from their overall aesthetics. In fact, all made to measure blinds at WeLoveBlinds.com are certified child safe, complying with The European Standard for internal blinds (EN 13120).
With all that said, how do you childproof roller blinds with chains?
All roller blind chains at WeLoveBlinds.com can be supplied with easy-break connectors. But how do they work?
It’s pretty simple: Two clear plastic connectors are attached to the blind chain itself. When 6kg of pressure is applied to the chain, as the name suggests, the easy-break connectors break easily in order to avoid the entanglement and/or strangulation of children.
As highlighted in our educational video, roller blind chains do not require much force to be broken. If a child should trip and fall into the loop of a roller blind chain, the force exerted will be enough to break it completely, further reducing the risk of strangulation.
The roller blind chain must be no lower than 600mm off the floor. Anything below 600mm in in-reach of children and therefore poses a greater risk to their health and safety.
P-Clip safety device
An alternative safety device to be included on roller blinds is the P-Clip safety device.
The device is secured to a wall with screws or plugs as required. Then, the roller blind chain is secured in the clip and therefore remains tight to the wall. The chain must be no lower than 1500mm off the floor, or no more than 100mm long. The P-Clip enhances child safety because of the way in which it eradicates any possibility of entanglement in a free hanging loop.
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