The 18th of June marks the start of Child Safety Week, Child Accident Prevention Trust's annual flagship community education campaign. It aims to raise awareness of the number of accidents that seriously injure or kill children every year and the steps that can be taken to help prevent them.
One such hazard presented to children in the home is the cord hanging from blinds. Tragically, too many children and babies die from this simple, unassuming piece of equipment each year. Below are some examples :
Budget Blinds, a long standing company based in Bolton, are continuing their backing of legislation change and actively supporting safety specialist RoSPA's (Royal Society For The Prevention Of Accidents) campaign to 'Make It Safe'.
From RoSPA's website:
The current European standard (EN13120) relating to looped blind cords states that safety devices must be supplied. It is currently being strengthened and its scope broadened. It is hoped that the revised standard will take effect sometime during 2012.
Of course, new agreements and standards will not impact upon the millions of homes already with blinds and curtains featuring looped cords. The 'Make It Safe' campaign, of which RoSPA is a part, aims to raise awareness of the potential dangers of looped cords among families with small children.
Budget Blinds have a range of devices and safety features on their extensive product range. For more information on what they can do for you
For more information about the 'Make It Safe' campain, and the RoSPA, click here.
More information can be found here on Child Safety Week, which runs from the 18th to the 24th June.
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