In 2014, the British Standards Institution introduced a new set of requirements to address the child safety risks posed by blinds and curtains.

The rules mean that any blind installed with cords and chains must have breakaway connectors and cord and chain safety retainers.  The cords and chain must be kept at a minimum of 1.5 metres from floor level.

All new blinds and curtain tracks fitted by a professional must pass the new standard, meeting the necessary safety requirements and test methods.

These requirements apply to new blinds.  Existing blinds may not incorporate these safety features, but you can buy inexpensive cleats to tie up cords, chain-break connectors and cord tidies from blinds suppliers and some DIY stores.

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