Safety - blind, curtain and electrical cords
blinds; curtain; cords; ;
Loose blind, curtain and electrical cords can kill - fix them out of reach so kids are out of danger. Blind, curtain and electrical cords pose a serious risk for babies and young children – particularly for children under 6 years old.
- Children can place their head in the loop created by a cord, or get tangled in long cords, when playing near cords or sleeping in a cot where cords are hanging. If children then try to sit or if they fall down they can strangle themsleves.
- The cord or chain loop used to open and close vertical blinds can also strangle children.
- Children can pull on electrical cords and spill hot water or touch hot or dangerous appliances.
For more information about blind and curtain cord safety have a look at the pamphlet developed by Product Safety Australia 'Blinds and curtains'.
It does not matter which room has a blind or curtain with a cord, children can move fast and can climb on furniture in any room.
The information on this site should not be used as an alternative to professional care. If you have a particular problem, see a doctor, or ring the Parent Helpline on 1300 364 100 (local call cost from anywhere in South Australia).
This topic may use 'he' and 'she' in turn - please change to suit your child's sex.