Making Existing Blinds Safe
The home can harbour many dangers for children but not many people realise that window blind and curtain cords can be dangerous or even fatal for babies and young children
– particularly for those under the age of 3.
Thousands of blinds are sold every year in Ireland. There have been a number of fatal incidents in this country in the last few years. In the United States alone an average of one child dies from a window blind every two weeks. There have been ten fatalities in Ireland since 2005.
Here are some simple guidelines for parents and carers of babies and small children:
- Do not place a child’s cot, bed, playpen or high chair near a window so they may reach a blind cord
- Do not place furniture near a window that a child could climb on to reach a blind cord
- Do make sure that a safety device is fitted to keep the cords taut or out of reach
Safety devices are available and can be easily fitted to most existing blinds.
Below we have shown the different types of blinds available and ways to make them safe