In the last 2 years looped blind cords have caused 11 child deaths in the UK
Children's heads are proportionally bigger than their bodies with undeveloped muscles so it's hard for them to free themselves out of a blind cord. Their wind pipe is also under developed and less rigid so they suffocate very quickly if their necks are constricted. Strangulation can be quick and silent with children not making a sound.
Children most at risk are aged between 18 to 36 months when they become mobile and inquisitive. More than half the deaths seen have been aged 23 months with the most common place for accidental death being the bedroom.
It's important to make your blinds safe by;
- Keep blind cords out of reach of children
- Move children's beds or cots away from windows with blinds
- Move furniture away from blinds, children love to climb
- Use a cleat to wrap the cord out of the way
- Use a cord or chain tidy
- Use a chain connector that breaks the chain if a child becomes entangled
- Think when you buy new blinds - buy those with no or concealed cords