Do you have young children and need to know more about Child Blind Cord Safety?
When you first have children and as they grow up you think about making your home safe for them as they go through each stage; sitting, walking, climbing. People generally think about covering sockets, putting unsafe objects up high and gating stairs, however, a lot of parents don’t think about the dangers of a blinds cord. New parents will talk to each other about their child’s safety in the home as they are growing up and at Blinds Direct we know Blind Cord Safety is not often talked about in these conversations.
It is really sad to say and not something we want to talk about, however, we need to get the message out there. Over the past three decades, as blinds have become more and more popular in homes, hundreds of children have died from strangulation caused by window blind cords, even if the cords were tied up out of reach.
Window blind cords are a hidden hazard and not commonly discussed, however, they pose a major threat to young children. Window cords are listed as a top five hidden home hazard by the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC).
Death and serious injury from strangulation can happen fast. In many cases, parents or carers can walk away for what can be only a few minutes or may even be in the same room when the tragedy occurs. Once a child has a window cord wrapped around their neck, permanent damage can be done in seconds.
Window cord accidents have been documented in children ranging from less than a year old up to 8 years old, and children under the age of 4 are at the greatest risk of fatal injury.
What can you do?
Invest in cordless blinds for your family’s safety and if you have existing blinds in your home then seek advice from your local blind specialist like Deal Direct Blinds.
CHILD SAFETY is paramount for Deal Direct Blinds. We will give you safety advice on your new blinds and any existing blinds already installed. Even if you don’t make a purchase from us, we are very happy to supply you with ‘child safety devices’ free of charge as child safety is very important to us.
Please talk about this issue with your family and friends and let’s get the message out there that people need to be aware of the dangers of Window Blind Cords.