Household accidents

Keeping your child safe in and around the home

 

Strangulation

Window blind cords and chains can pose a risk for babies and children who could injure or even strangle themselves on the hanging looped cords.

Prevention

  • 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
  • Do not hang toys or objects that could be a hazard on the cot or bed
  • Don't hang drawstring bags where a small child could get their head through the loop of the drawstring.

What to do

Untangle child, contact the emergency services and start CPR (see How to resuscitate).

Source: RoSPA

Source: NHS Choices website