Advice on Buying new Blinds
“Irish Standard I.S EN13120:2009 – Internal Blinds – Performance requirements including safety” is aimed at eliminating strangulation hazards to young children by blind cords. All blinds sold in Ireland must now meet the safety requirements of this standard.
Before purchasing a blind you should ask the following questions:
- Is the blind manufactured to the standard?
- Is a warning notice attached?
- Is a safety solution provided and fitted in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions?
- Can the supplier demonstrate the product’s safe use?
- Is documentation relating to the blind’s safe installation, use and maintenance provided?
- The blind must be installed in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions.
If the supplier is unable to comply with any of the above, find one that can!
Below we have listed the different types of blinds available, the methods of operation available for each of them and the safety issues with each blind. We hope it will help you in your selection.
If you follow and act on these tips, it should help you to make a more educated choice when purchasing your blinds and ultimately to protect your child from possible serious harm. You should be aware, however, that all risks cannot be eliminated. The new safety standard refers to this.
Ultimately persons in charge of children are responsible for following the safety instructions provided by the manufacturer.