Here at Premier Blinds & Awnings, we were all devastated a few weeks back to hear of the death of another toddler due to strangulation by a blind cord.

Sophie Allen of Sunderland was just two – and like many children of her age she was playing hide-and-seek with her brother behind the curtains. She became entangled and by the time her Mother realised it was too late. Her life support was switched off six days later, leaving grieving parents and siblings.

My two boys are forever climbing furniture and hiding behind things. They think it’s funny to put cords around their necks, but can easily get tangled up and panic. My heart breaks for Sophie’s family, and all other families who have lost children through something so easily preventable.

So PLEASE, follow RoSPA’s guidelines below and insist that any blinds you buy comply with the new European regulations and are installed correctly.

• Install blinds that do not have a cord, particularly in a child’s bedroom
• Do not place a child’s cot, bed, playpen or highchair near a window
• Pull cords on curtains and blinds should be kept short and kept out of reach
• Tie up the cords or use one of the many cleats, cord tidies, clips or ties that are available.

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If you have any concerns about the blinds already installed in your home, or would like some free safety devices just call us on 01372 377112. Take action this Child Safety Week

(www.childsafetyweek.org.uk)

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