Requirements for roller and other blinds

The cords and loops of roller and other blinds can pose a danger of strangulation to children, for example. Manufacturers, importers and retailers are obliged to ensure the safety of curtains and blinds and mention any hazards in the user instructions.

Safety requirements and markings

Blinds, that can be purchased and installed by consumers, must meet the requirements of the Consumer Safety Act: they must not pose a danger to the health or property of consumers. Detailed safety requirements for various blinds are defined in the following standards:

  • SFS-EN 13120 + A1 Internal blinds. Performance requirements including safety
  • SFS-EN 16433 Internal blinds. Protection from strangulation hazards. Test methods
  • SFS-EN 16434 Internal blinds. Protection from strangulation hazards. Requirements and test methods for safety devices.

Essential requirements defined in the standards:

  • In order to minimise the risk of strangulation, blinds must include a safety device which can be used to keep long cords and loops beyond the reach of children, or minimisation of the risk of strangulation must otherwise be accounted for in the design of the product.
  • Products that include cords and loops which pose a risk of strangulation must be accompanied by a warning about the risk of strangulation.
  • In addition to a warning on the risk of strangulation, the user instructions must include a recommendation that furniture be moved in order to place long cords and loops beyond the reach of children.
  • They must also include instructions on proper installation and use of product accessories.

The standards mentioned above can also be utilised when designing blinds that are not explicitly included within the scope of the standards.

More detailed information about markings and instructions that should accompany roller and other blinds is available in standards pertaining to them.

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