Blind cords continue to pose risks to young children. The RoSPA website (Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents) states that most accidental deaths involving blind cords happen in the bedroom and occur with children aged between 16 months and 36 months. To reduce the risk posed by looped cords, they should be kept out of the reach of children. There are some steps that you can take to reduce the risk to your child:
Install blinds that do not have a cord
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 out of reach
Tie up the cords or use a cleat, 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.
Do not cut the cord
Visit the following websites for more information about blind cord safety:
You can also get a free pack, including a blind cord cleat and information leaflets, from this website Hampshire County Council.
Trading Standards also have a wealth of advice and safety information for the home: