Child safety: blind cords

Resources to support blind cord safety and raise awareness.

These resources were published in January 2024 and replace the legacy resources produced for a product safety campaign undertaken in May and June 2021.

Blind cord safety

Blind cords and loops pose a potential danger to young children but there are steps people can take to reduce the risks. New blinds with looped cords must have child safety devices installed at the point of manufacture or be sold with the blind.

Fit a tidy, tensioner or cleat

Tidies and tensioners should be firmly fixed to an adjoining surface to ensure that the cord or chain is permanently held tight. Cleats should be positioned out of children’s reach on an adjacent surface that is at least 1.5 metres from the floor. After blind use, cords should be fastened up in a figure of eight making sure all the spare cord is secured on the cleat.

Move furniture away from windows

Children love to climb so keep furniture away from blinds. This includes cots, beds, highchairs, and play pens.




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Published 15 February 2021
Last updated 25 January 2024 + show all updates
  1. New resources published.

  2. First published.