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Blind Cord Safety

Looped cords such as blind cords and chains can pose a strangulation risk to babies, children and vulnerable people.  Typically we hear about one or two children dying after becoming tangled in blind cords in the UK each year, and of course there are many more near misses.  Tragically there have been 27 deaths in the UK since 1999.

'Make it Safe' is a Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) campaign to raise awareness of the dangers of looped blind cords and the steps that can be taken to prevent these accidents from happening.   A leaflet details a number of practical, simple precautions that can be taken to reduce the risk of injury from looped cords through the use of safety devices such as a cleat or a cord tidy.  There is also guidance on what to look for when buying new blinds and this includes looking for one that does not contain any cords.

For more infomation

  •  Visit the RoSPA website to download a copy of the 'Make it Safe' leaflet. 
  • Contact Scotland’s home safety team on 0131 449 9379.