Are roller blinds child safe?

Any manually operated blind, such as a blind with cord or chain operation, poses a threat to a child’s safety with misuse of the blind potentially resulting in a child sustaining severe, or devastating harm.

Make It safe logo | Swanmac Ltd

As a result, the Make it Safe campaign was set up by the British Blind and Shutter Agency (BBSA) to create awareness of the potential danger and to promote window blind safety.  This includes establishing safety standards* that require that all blinds made after February 2014 should comply with these standards.

Each blind must be safe by design or supplied with the necessary safety devices to keep children safe.


Child safe chain/cord operated blinds

With a chain or cord operated blind, a safety clip can be applied to the chain (as seen in the image below) and securely fixed to a wall or reveal, thus eliminating ligature risk.

Roller Blind Safety Clip | Swanmac Ltd

Child safe crank operated blinds

To remove any threat posed by a cord or chain operated blind, a removable crank operation is an alternative.  The blind is operated by a removable crank handle which when rotated, operates a gearbox hidden away on one end of the blind.   The handle can then be removed and stored away in a safe place.

Crank operated roller blind | Swanmac Ltd


Child safe electric blinds

Finally, an electric blind operated by remote control involves no manual operation.  Because of this, the operation occurs at the touch of a button and the blind does not have to be touched at all.  Therefore, electric blinds are considered the safest blinds to install in an area where children may be present.

Our team provides advice on both the safety and installation of roller blinds in schools, health and leisure settings.  Contact them via for more details or with your enquiry.



*See Child Safety BBSA:






Roller Blind Safety Clip | Swanmac Ltd
Crank operated roller blind | Swanmac Ltd