Safety Advice & Tips
The home can harbour many dangers for children but not many people realize that window blinds and curtain cords can be dangerous or even fatal for babies and young children
Why do blind cords pose such a risk?
Research indicates that most accidental deaths involving blind cords happen in the bedroom and occur in children between 16 months and 36 months old, with the majority (more than half) happening at around 23 months.
These toddlers are mobile, but their heads still weigh proportionately more than their bodies compared to adults and their muscular control is not yet fully developed, which makes them more prone to be unable to free themselves if they become entangled.
In addition, toddlers’ windpipes have 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.
As with drowning, toddlers can be strangled quickly and quietly by looped cords with carers in close proximity, potentially unaware of what is happening.
Children can injure, or even strangle themselves on window blind and curtain cords.When exploring or playing a child can become entangled in hanging cords. If the child then tries to sit or falls down, they can hang themselves in the loop. The cord or chain loop used to open and close vertical blinds can also strangle children.
There have been a number of such incidents publicized
So how do you avoid such Dangers ?
There is a range of innovative lifting systems that are totally child safe.
Cordless blinds ——— spring rollerblind , verticals
Wand Controls ——– vertical blinds, panel blinds
Motorised Blinds ——— All types
Other safety features for looped cords and loop chains are:
Chain break connectors—- friction rollerblinds
Cord Tensioners cord operated verticals/roman blinds/panel blinds, rollerblinds
Cleats Venetians/verticals/roman blinds/panel blinds
In order to maximize safe use of the product these must not be removed.Use of safety devices reduce the risk of strangulation but cannot be considered 100% childproof.These can also be retrofit on to existing blinds.
There are several simple steps you can take to
minimise this risk – and help keep your child safe.
●Please ensure that warning signs on all blinds are ahere too.
●Never place cots. beds, highchairs, playpens near a window or a patio door were a child can reach a blind cord
●Keep sofas, chairs tables, shelves or bookcases away from windows to prevent children climbing up and reaching blind cords.
●Ensure that safety device provided is used at all times.
If you have purchase Existing blinds
You can retro-fit your old blinds to make them safe
in your home by following these steps:
• Cords ending in a loop are particularly risky.
Cut the cord to get rid of the loop and install tassels.
• Where cords cannot be cut a tie down a tension device
can be used to pull the cord tight and secure it to the
floor or wall.
• Never put a cot, bed, high chair or playpen near a
window or patio door where a child can reach a curtain
or blind cord.
• Keep sofas, chairs, tables, shelves or bookcases away