Have you ever thought of the hazards children are exposed to from the curtains and blinds?
It’s an unfortunate fact that many children across the UK die yearly from strangulation triggered by the cords on curtains and blinds. This is a real shame as this problem is very easy to solve as there are many cordless designs to choose from.
Here’s a quick 7-step guide to improving child safety in your home:
1. Curtain and blind cords should be well out of reach of children.
2. If you don’t want to buy cordless designs, shorten the cable but ensure the blind will still function appropriately when adjusted.
3. Ensure that children can’t reach the cords. Cords should be about 1.6 metres long.
4. Replace cords with ‘wands’.
5. Never put your son or daughter’s bed, high seat, playpen or crib near a screen or door where they can reach the wire and get swept up in the cord.
6. Don’t position anything to near to the window that a child can climb on, such as seats, sofas and desks.
7.Cords stopping in a loop are a genuine danger and really should be changed for maximum safe practices.