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Blind cords – be aware of the dangers

by Cathy Sheel

A new campaign highlighting the potential dangers of blind cords to children has been launched by the Office for Product Safety and Standards.

The Make it Safe campaign, run in partnership with The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents, the Chartered Trading Standards Institute, the Child Accident Prevention Trust, and the British Blind and Shutter Association, reminds parents that looped blind cords can strangle children and offers advice to help keep children safe.

Changes to standards for blinds in 2014 meant that new blinds with looped cords must have child safety devices installed at the point of manufacture or be sold with the blind. However, products manufactured before this may not have these safety features.

The dangers of blind cords

Young children love to climb, so can climb on furniture to reach blind cords or loops. These can become tangled around their necks and cause injury or death.

How to keep children safe
  • Tidies and tensioners should be firmly fixed to an adjoining surface to ensure that the cord or chain is permanently held tight
  • Cleats should be positioned out of children’s reach on an adjacent surface that is at least 1.5 metres from the floor
  • Cords should be fastened up in a figure of eight making sure all the spare cord is secured on the cleat
  • Furniture should be kept away from blinds. This includes beds, cots, highchairs and playpens.

For more information visit: www.makeitsafe.org.uk