FOLLOWING the tragic death of a toddler in Mayobridge as a result of him becoming entangled in a blind cord at his home, Down District Council has extended its sympathy to his family at this time.
Since 2010 in the UK alone there have been 13 deaths linked to blind cords.
The majority of homes now have blinds fitted in their homes, with an estimated 200 million currently fitted in homes and offices across the country, which may account for this large number of deaths.
As part of their on-going blind cord safety campaign the Down Home Accident prevention Group would like to offer the following advice to all parents, relatives and carers of young children on how to make their blinds safe.
* To reduce the risk posed by looped cords, including blind cords, cords should be kept out of the reach of children. Tie up the cords or use one of the many cleats, cord tidies, clips or ties that are available.
* Cutting cords is not recommended, even as a short-term solution.
* Pull cords on curtains and blinds should be kept short and kept out of reach.
The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accident (RoSPA) would also offer the following advice:
* Install blinds that do not have a cord, particularly in a child’s bedroom
* Do not place a child’s cot, bed, playpen or highchair near a window
* 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.
* Ensure that all new blinds are fitted with safety devices.
Down Home Accident Prevention Chair Anne Murray would also advise all parents, relatives and carers of young children to do a quick audit of their home and make sure any window blinds cords are made safe. She or representatives from her group would advise that they can give home safety talks on this and other home safety issues concerning the under-5’s to any mother and toddler group or local community group. Please contact her on 028 44 610824.