NSAI is pleased to announce the publication of three new European Standards that will help manufacturers to improve the safety of internal window blinds. These standards are aimed in particular at reducing the risk of accidents associated with the cords that are used to operate window blinds.
The new European Standards for internal window blinds were developed in response to a request from the European Commission (Standardization Mandate 505 – issued on 4 September 2012). This request was accepted by the CEN Technical Board in October 2012 with a sense of urgency, following reports of fatal accidents involving young children strangulated by loosely hanging cords. The solutions defined by CEN can be applied to new products and also to blinds that are already installed.
The three new European Standards are:
- I.S. EN 13120:2009+A1:2014 'Internal blinds - Performance requirements including safety'
- I.S. EN 16433:2014 'Internal blinds - Protection from strangulation hazards - Test methods'
- I.S. EN 16434:2014 'Internal blinds - Protection from strangulation hazards – Requirements and Test methods for safety devices'
Maurice Buckley, CEO, NSAI, said: “Product standards are developed to protect and benefit the consumer and safety is a key priority. Window blind cords that can form loops pose an extremely serious risk to young children, who can become entangled in the cords when playing near windows or climbing on window sills or furniture. It’s important that everyone is aware of the dangers and precautions that need to be taken with window blind cords in homes and businesses to ensure children’s safety.”
For further information, please contact: NSAI Standards
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