Child Safety - Blind Cord Safety

Whilst researching what is happening in the UK about child safety and blinds I came across an informative charity site, a Children’s Charity to prevent accident, injury and to promote child welfare through education Prevention Town. 

It relates the information I was looking for to blog about regarding blind cord safety. It's not a pleasant thought that these accidents happen but I have read more than one article where parents or carers had not realised that blind and curtain cords could pose a threat, they wrote;

Why do blind cords pose such a risk?

Research indicates that most accidental deaths involving blind cords happen in the bedroom and occur in children between 16 months and 36 months old, with the majority (more than half) happening at around 23 months.

These toddlers are mobile, but their heads still weigh proportionately more than their bodies compared to adults and their muscular control is not yet fully developed, which makes them more prone to be unable to free themselves if they become entangled.

In addition, toddlers’ windpipes have not yet fully developed and are smaller and less rigid than those of adults and older children. This means that they suffocate far more quickly if their necks are constricted.

As with drowning, toddlers can be strangled quickly and quietly by looped cords with carers in close proximity, potentially unaware of what is happening.

To reduce the risk posed by looped cords, including blind cords, cords should be kept out of the reach of children.

Make it safe!

•         Install blinds that do not have a cord, particularly in a child’s bedroom

•         Do not place a child’s cot, bed, playpen or highchair near a window

•         Pull cords on curtains and blinds should be kept short and kept out of reach

•         Tie up the cords or use one of the many cleats, cord tidies, clips or ties that are available

•         Do not hang toys or objects that could be a hazard on the cot or bed

•         Don’t hang drawstring bags where a small child could get their head through the loop of the drawstring"

The above will hopefully make more people aware of the risks and ways to do away with or make cords safer.  Later this year I believe a guide line / legislation is being introduced if you want to know more as I find more information just send me your details on my contact page. I'll drop you an email and no doubt blog again.

So lets keep babies and children safe in the home and workplace.  

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