Cordaway are releasing its new product online via our website in the New Year, probably taking pre-orders mid January onwards.
The Cordaway product is an advance on simple “cleats” as are currently recommended. It has a child proof snap-on cover that holds all cord completely with no overlap.
Blind cords are already out there in millions of homes. Here is a simple safety device that can and will genuinely save lives. Children in Australia (and worldwide) die each year from strangulation in blind cords.
From Sydney in 2014:
Second child in a week dies after getting tangled in blind cord
Another toddler has died after becoming entangled in a blind cord – the second incident in less than a week.
The 15-month-old girl was found choking on the cord about 6.25pm at a home on Hillcrest Road, Quakers Hill.
Paramedics and a CareFlight doctor worked to resuscitate the child before taking her to Westmead Children’s Hospital in a critical condition, where she later died.
Last Thursday, a 16-month-old girl in Hornsby died after becoming entangled in a cord while she slept in her cot.
And in August last year, 18-month-old Jack Mackay, from Mallabula, north of Newcastle, also died when he was caught up in blind cords.
KidSafe executive officer Christine Erksine said parents were not always aware of the dangers posed by blind cords.
“It’s just one of those horrible accidents that can happen,’’ Ms Erskine said. ‘‘It’s just something you wouldn’t be aware of.
“One of the issues is in smaller rooms, there’s not much choice about where to put furniture, so you may put the cot against the window for light and space.
‘‘We suggest that cots and bedding are away from a window. And you have blinds and cords that meet the new standards.’’
In 2010, the government introduced mandatory standards for blinds, stating that manufacturers had to include a warning label about cords on the packaging and attached to the cord itself.
Blinds also have to now come with instructions on how to install cords to prevent child injuries.
At least 11 children died in Australia between 2001 and 2008 after being caught in blind cords, the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission said.
It recommends tying cords out of reach of children. The ACCC has put together an information sheet for parents on blind cord safety.
Detectives from Quakers Hill Local Area Command are investigating Tuesday’s incident.
A post mortem examination will be conducted to determine how the child died.
Source: Sydney Morning Herald
Always ensure your blind cords are totally out of reach of your children. Move furniture and cots away from them. Follow the safety directions offered by the ACCC.
Cordaway – The safest option for your children.
To be Kid-Safe, it’s really simple. Fit a Cordaway Blind Cord Safety Device and ensure real safety for your family.