The AIIC, the professional body for inventory clerks, recently reported that several letting agents and landlords aren’t aware of the law on blinds and curtains which was introduced.
We certainly aren’t one of the letting agents who don’t know the law but felt it would be useful to issue a reminder to avoid our landlords going into a “blind panic”. So just for everybody’s peace of mind the legislation is as follows:-
“New blinds will be either safe by design, have in built safety systems or be supplied with separate safety systems. Limitations are now placed on cord lengths and safety devices will prevent cords/chains from forming a hazardous loop.”
“Blinds already fitted must also comply. Blind cords should be secured at least 1.5 meters from the floor. The cord should be fixed in a taut position. There are a number of safety devices available that are cheap and easy to fix. e.g. something simple such as a cleat hook, fixed to the wall, can enable to cord to be secured out of reach or chain break connector – many blinds already have these as part of the pulley controls and these break apart when pressure is applied but can be snapped back together each time. For more information on blind cord safety and pictures/video of various safety devices go to the British Blind and Shutter Association”