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The Dangers of Blind Cords to Children

24 December 2015

Over the Christmas period, Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council is warning parents, grandparents, childminders and carers of the dangers of blind cords to children.

The Council provides a Home Safety Check Service and Wendy Brolly, Principal Environmental Health Officer commented, ‘It can take as little as 20 seconds for a toddler to die from strangulation if they get tangled in a blind cord. Data from the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents indicates at least 31 children have died in the UK in the last 16 years as a result of strangulation by a blind cord.’

Most accidental deaths involving blind cords happen in the bedroom and occur in children between 16 months and 36 months old, with the majority happening at around 23 months.

New blinds must be safe by design or be supplied with the appropriate child safety devices installed. If possible, blinds that have no cords should be installed, especially in children’s bedrooms. However many homes have existing window blinds which have operating cords or chains that could form a loop. There are a range of safety devices available for every type of blind.

For details on blind cords and the various safety devices available please visit www.makeitsafe.org.uk . For further information or advice on home accident prevention please contact Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council on 028 9034 0160 or email [email protected].