Frequently Asked Questions
When does “EN 13120 Internal blinds – Performance requirements including safety” come into effect?
This new standard comes into effect on 1 September 2014
Does this standard apply to exterior blinds operated by cords from the interior?
The standard does not apply to exterior blinds
Is it required to use the interior blind safety elements in all areas?
The standard does not apply to areas where presence of children is not expected. These include office spaces, factory buildings, laboratories, etc. On the other hand, the use of safety elements is mandatory in all areas accessible to children, like flats, detached houses, hotels, hospitals, schools generally all public areas.
Who bears the responsibility, the component manufacturer, the seller, or the installation company?
All of them simultaneously. The fitter is responsible for the installation of the blind, which must comply with the standards and regulations. Both the seller and the fitter are responsible for informing the end customer about possible hazards and for proper installation of the blind. The manufacturer is responsible for the offer and supply of components tested in accordance with the new standards.
Is it necessary to ensure compliance with the new standard when renovating or repairing a blind?
The standard does not apply to existing blinds. It is not required for repaired blinds to ensure child safety. However, all redevelopments must be in accordance with the EN 13120 standard.
What about a chain where the safety coupler has loosened and the chain is too long? Is this considered dangerous?
If the chain loosens and the safety coupler falls off, the remaining part of the chain hanging from the blind is considered non-significant.
Is it obligatory for the product to be equipped with a warning label?
Yes, it is. The wording and size the warning label is defined in the standard. The label must also contain other particulars as specified in the new standard.
Where the label must be placed?
The warning must be indicated on the product, on its packaging as well as in the operating instructions. By contrast to the warning label on the product, the warning on the packaging does not need to meet requirements for font type and size.