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Advice for Landlords on Window Blind Safety

Three of the five most recent child fatalities caused by window blind cords have occurred in private rental properties.

As a landlord, it’s important to prioritise the safety of your tenants, and window blind safety is definitely a crucial aspect to consider. Here are some essential pieces of advice for landlords regarding window blind safety:

  1. Choose cordless blinds: Corded window blinds pose a significant safety risk, especially for young children who may accidentally become entangled in the cords. Opt for cordless blinds or those with inaccessible cords to eliminate this hazard. Cordless options include roller blinds, motorized blinds, or blinds with wand controls.
  2. Replace old blinds: If your property has older window blinds with cords, consider replacing them with safer alternatives. BS EN 13120 – Child Safety For Blinds states the regulations that are in place regarding window blind safety, so ensure that you comply with the relevant safety standards and guidelines.
  3. Educate tenants on blind safety: Provide your tenants with information and guidelines on window blind safety. Highlight the potential risks of corded blinds and advise them to keep cords out of the reach of children. Encourage them to report any issues or concerns regarding window blinds promptly.
  4. Regularly inspect and maintain blinds: Conduct routine inspections of window blinds to identify any safety issues. Check for damaged or frayed cords, loose or broken components, or any other potential hazards. Address any problems immediately by repairing or replacing the blinds as necessary.
  5. Provide safety devices: Consider offering window blind safety devices to your tenants. These devices can help secure cords, such as cord cleats or cord winders, keeping them out of reach of children. Inform your tenants about these safety devices and provide instructions on how to use them properly.
  6. Consider window treatments alternatives: If you want to eliminate the risk associated with blinds altogether, you can explore alternative window treatments. Options like curtains, window film, or window shades may provide a safer alternative without cords.
  7. Stay informed: Keep yourself updated on the latest window blind safety recommendations and regulations in your region. Stay aware of any product recalls related to blinds and ensure your properties are compliant with the necessary safety standards.

Remember, window blind safety is crucial for the well-being of your tenants. By taking proactive measures, educating your tenants, and staying informed about safety guidelines, you can create a safer living environment in your rental properties.

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We are members of the BBSA and the resources in this article are drawn from the BBSA’s Make It Safe website:

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