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Loops and Lengths

Loops and Lengths

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[memberonly folder=“Basic,Community,Premium,Admin,Moderator"] <h2>Lengths for Cords &amp; Straps</h2> It's important that your toy complies with the regulations - lengths for cords and straps to be sure that it can’t cause a strangulation hazard to a baby or small child. Much of this depends on the age range that your toy is aimed at. Something like a ribbon blanket would obviously need to comply from birth, and so you would follow the rules for under 18 months. Something like a bag intended for play or supplied with a doll also needs to follow these rules, you would need to ensure the loop of the strap does not exceed the maximum for a loop so a child couldn’t fit their head through. If you need to make your loop larger you can add a ‘breakaway’ feature and test it to be sure it breaks within the 25 newtons, for example by using Velcro or a snap fastener Following is basic run down of the regulations for lengths and loops. If you want more information you can gain access to the regulations through your library, or the EN71 link in our free resources section. we’ve added the clause numbers to help. <strong>Cord Definition</strong> A cord is defined as flexible fabric, including stretchy fabric, ribbon, rope, strap, twisted material, string, spring in<strong> which the length is much longer than the width or depth</strong> Basically anything which could wrap around a child's neck should be looked at as a potential hazard. <strong>Cords which could cause a tangled loop (5.4.2.1 in regs) FOR TOYS 0-18MONTHS</strong> 'Cord or chain with potential to tangle' - a cord or chain which has the potential to tangle with a loop or knot or similar feature without intricate manipulation <ul> <li>Max length 220mm</li> <li>or should separate into smaller parts of 220mm in a breakaway feature which does not affect the characteristics of the joints - cn be reattached without tying etc</li> </ul> <strong>TWO cords or chains with potential to tangle (5.4.2.2)</strong> <ul> <li>Must not have a combined length of more than 220mm INCLUDING the surface of the toy that is between the two cords</li> <li>must not meet at the tangle point (test for this 8.41)</li> <li>or must have a break away feature which does not affect the characteristics of the joints (can reattach and detach without knotting on etc)</li> </ul> Separated cords (ie after breakaway) with potential to tangle must comply with the max lengths (220mm)  and either have a breakaway feature or both cords must not exceed 220mm together, or the tangle points must not be able to meet. <strong>Cords which could cause a tangled loop for toys for 18m-36m</strong> max length of cords for over 18months: 300mm or breakaway point which does not affect the join after breaking. <strong>Two cords which could cause a tangled loop(does not apply to cords under 50mm):</strong> either must not make contact at tangle point (there is a test for this 8.41) or have a max length 300mm INCLUDING part of toy between two cords. Or must contain a breakaway feature which does not affect join after breaking. &nbsp; <h3>Maximum lengths for cords that could form a loop or noose(see 5.4b of the regs):</h3> <ul> <li>Toys for under 18 months: 220mm (22cms)</li> <li>Toys aimed at 18-36 months: 300mm (30cms) If the length is bigger than 22cms, It will need a warning stating strangulation Hazard (5.4 b2)</li> </ul> <h3>Cords with a free end (5.4g)</h3> Pull along toy cords must have a diameter of 1.5mm.(see 5.4a) and no longer than 80cms (see 5.4h) Free end cords on toys for under 36 months: 300mm (30cms) Anything intended for children over 18 months but under 36months, with length of 300mm/30cm+ needs a warning (see 7.2 of the regs) Over 36 months: 800mm (80cms) <h3>Loops</h3> Fixed Loops must not exceed 380mm (38cms) a longer loop is okay if it contains a breakaway feature which means the loop is broken (see 5.4.4) <h3>Straps (5.14)</h3> Straps that are intended to be worn around the neck of a child under 36 months must have a breakaway point which breaks at 25n or less (just over 2.55 kilos) this doesn't apply to waist or shoulder straps or handles on toy bags <h3>Mobiles and hanging toys (see 5.4F and 7.11)</h3> Mobiles and hanging toys designed to be put within reach of a child must comply with maximum lengths. Mobiles designed to be hung out of reach of children must have the warning: “Warning. To prevent possible injury by entanglement, remove this toy when the child starts trying to get up on its hands and knees in a crawling position.” They must also carry instructions on how to fix the toy out of reach of the child <b>Toys designed to be strung across a pram or cot/cradle must have the warning permanently attached</b> [/eyesonlier] [/eyesonly] [eyesonly logged="out" level="paused, subscriber, basicmember"] <h2>You do not have permission to view this page.</h2> <h3>If you are a member you may have been logged out of your website session or your account may have been paused or restricted.</h3> You can log in again <a href="https://www.cemarking-handmadetoys.co.uk/manage-your-account/">here</a>. <h3><strong>Alternatively, you can sign up as a paid member of the website <a href="http://www.cemarking-handmadetoys.co.uk/join/">here</a> or alter your membership level <a href="https://www.cemarking-handmadetoys.co.uk/manage-your-account/">here</a>.</strong></h3> [/eyesonly]
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