I recently watched and read a number of interesting articles as part of Child Safety Week about window dressings, including window shutters and blinds. As a parent myself I am always interested to hear about things that may affect my family, and in particular, one item focussed on safety features on blinds.
Blinds are more likely to present a hazard due to the range of cords running through them, whereas window shutters are essentially a solid fitting with few moving or expandable parts making them less of a safety issue. Many blinds are operated by cords, and these should include a safety feature which means the loop of the cord can split if something falls into it or is caught in it. Consider having a hook on which the cord can be wound at a safe height away from window sills that children may climb on, or choose a blind operated by a pole rather than cords. If you are considering a wood slat blind or something with pliable slats, if there is a chance a child could get their head through it you may want to consider a material panel roller blind instead or make sure blinds are pulled up out of reach during the day.
Window shutters can be a useful safety feature for windows that open when there are children present. The panels are held closed by magnets, but a catch can be added to prevent children from opening them and accessing windows. This can prevent children from getting to an opening window, but still allow ventilation as the window can be left open safely. There is little chance a child could get their head through the louvres as they are solid, and of course, there are no cords.
If you have any questions about safety or would like further information or have any suggestions for safety please let me know, as I am keen to consider these aspects of my window shutters and blinds and share them with other parents.