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Blind Cord Safety Seminar

10 April 2015

It can take as little as twenty seconds for a toddler to die from strangulation if they get tangled in a blind cord. There are thousands of these potentially lethal cords in homes around Northern Ireland. Tragically, at least thirty children have died in the UK in the last fifteen years as a result of strangulation by a blind cord.

The Newtownabbey Home Accident Prevention Group, in partnership with Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council, is holding a free RoSPA Blind Cord Workshop that is aimed at helping improve awareness of the potential dangers of blind cords and the ways in which the risk can be reduced. 

The workshop will take place on Wednesday, 22 April 2015 at 6.30pm at Mossley Mill, Newtownabbey. The workshop should last for approximately two hours and refreshments will be available from 6pm. The main focus will be on blind cord safety, but there will also be information on other related possible accidents including choking and suffocation risks.

Workshop places are open to anyone to attend, and may be of particular interest to those who make or sell blinds and those working in the statutory, voluntary or community sectors who have links to families with young children, for example, health visitors, family support workers, midwives, social workers, childcare providers, childminders and church organisations. Parents as well as older people regularly involved in the care of their grandchildren are also welcome to attend.

There is no cost for attending the workshop but places are limited. To reserve a place, please telephone 028 9034 0160 or email [email protected].