Child Safety

Child safety is your responsibility.

If you design, make, supply, import, sell or install internal window blinds the child safety requirements apply to you.


The standard affecting internal window blinds was significantly revised in 2014 in relation to child safety requirements:

  • Limitations on cord and chain lengths
  • Safety devices for preventing cords and chains from creating a hazardous loop
  • The fitting of safety devices on cords and chains at the point of manufacture
  • The testing of all safety critical components of internal window blinds
  • The testing of complete blinds using safety devices
  • Safety warnings and product instructions


The internal blind product standard BS EN 13120:2009+A1:2014, and the two test method standards BS EN 16433:2014 and BS EN 16434:2014, were published by BSI on 28 February 2014.

The General Product Safety Regulations, 2005 place a legal responsibility on traders to provide a safe product. Compliance with the revised standards affords a presumption of conformity with these regulations.

These standards can be purchased from BSI - visit the BSI shop 

You can see a pdf of the EU Decision which mandated the changes on the link opposite.


The standards are applicable to all homes, all public buildings and any other premises where babies and young children aged 0 - 42 months are likely to have access or be present.


Purchase the standards from BSI.

Your suppliers should be providing you with products, components and advice to ensure compliance.

The BBSA has developed extensive guidance for its members regarding child safety requirements. This has been prepared with reference to child safety experts, standards experts, the BBSA's solicitors and Trading Standards. Find out more about membership here

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