A European standard for internal blinds has existed since 2004 and has been subsequently revised in order to incorporate stricter safety controls. In February 2009, NSAI adopted the latest European Standard EN 13120 into an Irish Standard, I.S. EN 13120. The revised standard specifies stricter requirements on looped mechanism window blinds, requiring that manufacturers provide the means to limit the risk posed by looped cord mechanisms. The manufacturer can limit the risk by either incorporating risk preventions into the design or by supplying an appropriate safety device with the product. In addition, where cords or chains on blinds pose a risk, a warning notice must come with the blind.
  A number of simple steps can be immediately taken to remove any potential hazards:
  1. Cords ending in a loop are particularly risky. Cut the cord to get rid of the loop and install tassels.
  2. Cords should end at least 1.6 metres above the ground so children cannot reach them. Replace cords with curtain or blind wands.
  3. Where cords cannot be cut a tie down or tension device can be used to pull the cord tight and secure it to the floor or wall.
  4. Never put a cot, bed, high chair or playpen near a window or patio door where a child can reach a curtain or blind cord.
  5. Keep sofas, chairs, tables, shelves or bookcases away from windows to prevent children climbing up and reaching curtain or blind cords.
  Further details are available in the NSAI Blinds Safety leaflet.
This standard is available on the NSAI website, www.nsai.ie.

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