Can I put a blind in my child's bedroom?
If you want to fit a blind in your child's bedroom, try to find one without looped cords. If you cannot find blinds without looped cords, consider whether you need a blind at all - could you use curtains or a different window dressing?
Each year RoSPA hears about one or two children being strangled in
the UK when they get caught in the cords of window blinds or other
window coverings. Try to buy coverings which do not use cords for
Research indicates that
most accidental deaths involving blind cords happen in the bedroom and
children between 16 months and 36 months old, with the majority (over
happens at around 23 months. These toddlers are mobile, but their heads
weigh proportionately more than their bodies compared to adults and
muscular control is not yet fully developed, which makes them more prone
unable to free themselves if they become entangled. In addition, their
windpipes have not yet fully developed and are smaller and less rigid
adults and older children, making them suffocate more quickly if their
If you already have blinds tie the ends out of the reach of children,
using a cleat or a drawcord shortener. Make sure cots are never placed
near window blinds or other items which have cords and loops.
RoSPA does not
recommend that cords are cut, even as a short-term solution. It is
advisable that any action taken
on the blind cord is a permanent one which will take the cord out of
children. It is not an expensive task and cleats will be made available
those who need them from the RoSPA website!
the cord in the wrong place can make the blind inoperable; and it may
to one cord becoming a lot longer which increases the risk of
cords can also become tangled up resulting in the reformation of a loop.
Date Updated/Created: 06/10/2010
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