Window blind and curtain cord safety
This advice is designed to provide basic guidance to consumers. It is not a complete or authoritative statement of the law.
Looped blind and window cords are dangerous as young children, especially those under 3 can become entangled and do not have the neck strength to free themselves.
There have been at least 23 tragic deaths in the UK since 2000, and more across the world.
- Safety tips
- New blinds should be supplied so that the cord breaks under strain
- Ensure all cords are kept securely out of reach
- Never put a child in a cot, high chair or playpen within reach of a curtain or blind cord
Blind Cord Safety Campaign (ROSPA)
Make it Safe Campaign (British Blind and Shutter Association)
- Blind cord danger pack
Hampshire Trading Standards have put together a pack to reduce the risk.
This free pack is available to Hampshire County Council residents.
The pack contains:
- make it safe advice leaflet
- one cleat - to tie cords up safely
- fixing instructions for the cleat
- blind safety warning tag
Some packs have been supplied to libraries, community centres, and in some in GP surgeries. You can also order packs online by using the link below.