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Blind Cord Safety

The Facts

31 children have died as a result of blind cord accidents in the UK between 1999 and 2015 the children were aged between 15 months and 36 months.

Why Do Blind Cords Pose Such a Risk?

Children become entangled on hanging cords when playing, climbing or exploring near window blinds.

Toddlers' windpipes have also 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.

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

How Can We Help?

Consumer protection will continue to work with businesses to ensure that they are meeting the full legal requirements. In 2014 a new standard (EN13120) was introduced which put in place stricter requirements on businesses manufacturing, selling and installing new internal window blinds.

Our Home Safety Officers help to raise awareness of the dangers of blind cords and can supply blind safety devices to homes with children under 5 years of age through the Home Safety Check Service.

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