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My Emmie was strangled by her bedroom blind cord …please don’t let your child be next

Grieving dad’s warning to parents

ANOTHER family are having to come to terms with the unimaginable agony of
their child being strangled to death by window blind cords.

The Sun told this week how toddler Josh Wakeham, 22 months, was found
entangled by his horrified mother.

News of Josh’s death brought back awful memories for Jamie Warner, whose own
two-year-old daughter Emily was strangled by a blind cord last year.

In the past two years, 11 children have died in this devastating manner, with
the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) saying an average
of two kids die this way in the UK each year.

But millions of parents are unaware of the danger — or the fact a simple
plastic device costing a couple of quid can save a child’s life.

Jamie and wife Tracey are now determined that the death of Emily — or Emmie as
she was known to the family — will not be in vain.

Jamie said: “The death of Josh highlights again just how important the blind
cord safety campaign is.

“Parents need to know the dangers and take action. Children are too precious
to be lost in this way.”

Jamie revealed how he sometimes suffers flashbacks of the moment he found
Emmie strangled in the cord.

Wringing his hands, his voice breaking with emotion, Jamie said: “Those
flashbacks are awful. Seeing her face, realising what had happened, the
awful panic, hearing myself screaming for help.”

Little Emmie managed to hang herself with the cord less than five minutes
after being put to bed. She was resuscitated by paramedics but suffered
severe brain damage and died three months later.

Jamie and Tracey, who also have a son James, aged five, are now determined to
highlight the dangers of blind cords to other parents.


This week they appeared on ITV’s This Morning where they spoke about their

An emotional Tracey, 39, said: “We want something good to come out of this. We
don’t want other people to suffer like we have.”

At the family home in Royston, Herts, Jamie, 30, who works at a local
synthetics company, revealed: “We’d had the vertical blinds installed when
we first moved into the house. When we had the children we never gave them a

“We baby-proofed the house by putting covers on electric sockets, that kind of
thing, but we never saw, or heard, any warnings about blind cords being


Recalling the night of the accident on August 25 last year, Jamie explained
how he had put Emmie to bed in her own room at around 6pm.

He said: “James had been naughty so I put him to bed early.

“I read Emmie a story, kissed her goodnight and went downstairs at about

“I could hear Emmie talking and reading to herself. Then she went quiet. But
James kicked the wall so I went up to tell him off.

“I looked in on Emmie at about 6.20pm and saw her standing on her bed. Her
body was behind the curtain which was in front of the blind. All I could see
were her legs.


“I thought she was looking out of the window. I told her to get down, but she
didn’t respond.

“So I pulled the curtain back — and that’s when I saw her.”

Struggling to contain his emotions, Jamie went on: “Her lips were blue and I
realised she had the blind cord tangled round her neck.

“I think she had been trying to crawl along the window sill to get to her
wardrobe. Just before the accident we had taken a chest of drawers out of
her room because she had started using them as a ladder to get on the

“I think as she went along the sill, the cord caught round her neck and pulled
her back, strangling her.


“I got it off and ran downstairs shouting to Tracey to get an ambulance. I’m
trained in first aid so I started CPR.

“I was talking to Emmie, telling her how much we loved her.

“I don’t remember a lot of that moment. I just remember the paramedics coming
and when they told me they had found a heartbeat I collapsed and someone
caught me.”

Emmie was rushed to hospital where she was put into a medically-induced coma.

An initial brain scan had appeared to show no damage but then medics broke the
awful news that Emmie had in fact suffered moderate to severe brain damage.

Jamie said: “They said she would never walk, talk or be able to feed herself.
But we were just glad she was alive. We just wanted our Emmie back. When she
did come round she seemed to recognise everyone. We were told it would take
months but she would eventually come home with us and would have some
quality of life.”

For three months, Emmie did really well at Addenbrooke’s Hospital in

Jamie and Tracey spent all the time they could with their daughter, and son
James would often come in to see his sister too.

Emmie did so well she was transferred to Tadworth Court children’s hospital,
Surrey, where she was due to carry on her rehabilitation. But a gastric tube
she had fitted started to leak causing an infection. Jamie said: “She wasn’t
getting her medicines or her food. So she was taken back to Addenbrooke’s.

“We thought it would be a question of getting the problem fixed and she would
be fine.”

But on December 1 last year the couple were called by the hospital at 6.15am
and told to get there immediately. Wiping away tears, Jamie recalled: “We
thought she’d just got another bug but when we got there we were told she
had died.

I just couldn’t believe it. It seemed so cruel — we had got her back then
she was taken away again.”

Emmie was buried wearing a pretty dress and with her favourite Cabbage Patch
Kids doll.

There are photos of Emmie and some of her drawings on the walls of the family
home. Jamie said: “I like to have her things and photos of her around, but
Tracey finds it hard. Emmie was a mummy’s girl and Tracey is struggling a
lot more than me.

“It’s hard to deal with the fact that we are now a family of three.”

Last week a coroner recorded a verdict of accidental death on Emmie. Her
parents are now drawing solace by joining RoSPA’s Make It Safe campaign.


They are calling for changes to blind cords to be introduced Europe-wide.

Jamie said: “There are millions of these blinds in Britain.

“People have no idea of their dangers. Please, please, if you have kids be
aware. Check the cord, keep it out of the way.

“You can buy cheap, plastic cleats on the internet costing a couple of quid
which will keep the cord safe.

“Before Emmie died we had no idea how many other children had been killed in
the same way.

“If we had, we would never, ever have had the blinds there.”

11 die in 2 years

JOSH WAKEHAM was the latest child to die having been strangled by a blind cord.

The 22-month-old was found on his bed by mum Tracey on January 24 in Newport,

Toddler Caden Laine, 21 months, became entangled in March 2011 in Plymouth,
Devon, after mum Danielle left him for two minutes.

In October 2010, 17-month-old Leah Edwards was strangled in Maldon, Essex, as
her twin brother lay next to her.



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Cordaway available in April online

The Cordaway Blind Cord Safety Device will become available online via the website.

Simply click and order. The device can be purchased singularly or in multiples of up to 20, with price discounts applying to orders of over 6 units. Single units can be purchased at $9.60 plus shipping.

Cordaway Window and Blind Cords Safety Device

Each unit is packaged with instructions and sufficient screws to apply to the wall or architrave of the window. Wall mounted units will require suitable plaster bracing devices available through most hardware outlets.

Cordaway is a simple safety device that ticks all the boxes in terms of the Safety Recommendations of the ACCC. Fitted 1.6m above floor level, it features a series of ‘cleats’ on which to wind the blind cords completely, finished with a snap-on cover, difficult for children of all ages to access.

The fact is blind cords left exposed remain one of the biggest potentially fatal hazards in most homes. Venetian and plantation blinds have been fitted in many homes Australia wide for well over 50 years.

$10 is a small price to pay to protect your children from danger. The units are bright white and stand out deliberately to remind parents, grandparents and carers to actually use them.

Over the coming months, the product will also become available through major hardware stores, children’s specialty stores and other online suppliers.

From April 4th, Cordaway will be accepting advanced orders for the new Cordaway Blind Cord Safety Device. The Shopping Cart will be operational and will utilise PayPal to accept all cards for payment. Order then to ensure you receive your Cordaway Devices, demand is high.

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Blind Cord Sensible Safety Campaign

Blind cord safety is an issue World Wide. Here Newcastle Council in the UK are conducting a Sensible safety campaign for parents. The Cordaway device certainly ticks all the boxes. Take a look.


Safety of window blinds

As a very important element of the work around the safety of products undertaken by the City Council’s Trading Standards Service, is the service’s involvement with a product safety campaign aimed at highlighting the dangers associated with window blinds.

27 children are known to have died in the UK since 1999 as a result of becoming entangled with a blind or curtain cord or chain. Over half of these deaths have occurred in the last three years, and most have happened in the bedroom when parents thought their child was asleep.

From 2014 stringent new standards governing the manufacture, selling and installation of new blinds came into effect with the aim of reducing child accidents.

The British Blind and Shutter Association (BBSA), the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA), the Child Accident Prevention Trust (CAPT), British Standards Institute (BSI), have developed a strategy to persuade the UK Government and the EU to strengthen the safety requirements of existing product standards.

The new standards will mandate:

  • safety devices for preventing any cords or chains from forming a hazard
  • the testing of all safety critical items of internal blinds
  • the testing of blinds using safety devices
  • the installation of safety devices on the product at the point of manufacture
  • maximum cord and chain lengths
  • warnings and instructions
  • packaging and point-of-sale information.


Announcement from the EU

On the 20 February 2014 the EU announced the publication of the new European standards on internal blind cords. View a press release on this announcement (pdf 185 kb)

Parents who are looking to buy new blinds for their homes are being encouraged to buy blinds that are safe by design – for example, blinds that are operated by wands rather than cords or chains.

However, the new standards do not apply to blinds already installed in people’s homes. They are a significant step to reducing blind cord accidents, but there is still a great deal of work to be done in raising awareness among parents – it is estimated that there are up to 200 million blinds in UK homes.

If parents have blinds at home that are operated by cords or chains, it’s vital that they understand the risks and the simple steps they can take to make their blinds safer – for example, by moving furniture away from blinds and fitting and using cleats, so blind cords and chains are kept well out of reach of young children.

However, there is a risk that older products within households could still present a danger to children and Trading Standards urge parents to follow a number of simple safety guidelines. These are:

  • Cords ending in a loop are a particular risk.
  • Make sure cords are out of the reach of children,
  • A tie-down or tension device can be used to pull the cord tight and secure it to a wall or floor,
  • Never put beds, cots or playpens within reach of an operating cord,
  • Keep sofas, chairs, tables and shelves away from windows to prevent children climbing up and reaching curtain or blind cords.

City Council Trading Standards Officers have been working hard with local manufacturers to make sure that products are made to the new standard, alongside a publicity campaign which features a business fact sheet and a poster.


View and download a copy of the campaign poster (pdf 4.83 mb)



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Blind Cord Safety for Parents and Carers

In nearly every home in Australia built more than 5 years ago, it is likely there are exposed, dangling blind cords. To put it bluntly these cords can be deadly to young children – and pets. The cord has the unfortunate quality of being capable of strangling a young child in under a minute.

The Safety authorities worldwide recommend cleats placed 1.6m off the floor on which to wind the cords. Apart from tying off, these cleats are not covered. An adventurous child can grab a chair, stand upon it and untie the cord. An older child can easily render a safe situation for toddlers totally unsafe.


The Blind Industry has a major dilemma. Firstly to avoid Blind Cord injuries by changing blind control designs means re-tooling at great expense. As well by promoting safety devices there is an acknowledgement of danger. in a litigious environment such as the USA this could prove disastrous. Add to this the expense to homeowners on limited incomes of replacing all internal blind fittings. It simply isn’t practical for many, many people.

Graeme Andersen has worked on window installation all his working life. He has a business now that works on major window fit-outs and installations on commercial and large scale developments. He also has 3 young children. As such the dangers of blind cords were obvious to him from the moment his small sons started to walk as toddlers. Over 5 years Graeme has developed the Cordaway® Blind Safety Device – and he believes with some justification that the result is a failsafe device that protects young children from danger, yet remains a realistic cost effective purchase.

Please watch our video below and stay tuned for our product launch in the very near future. Forward orders will soon be accepted with first deliveries being made within a week of orders being accepted.

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Sophia Parslow blind cord death ‘every parent’s nightmare’.


Sophia Parslow died after becoming entangled in a looped cord on a window blind

A 17-month-old girl who died after getting her head stuck in a window blind cord died accidentally, a coroner has recorded.

The inquest at Gloucester was told Sophia Parslow was playing at home in Tirley near Gloucester, on 27 June when she became tangled in the looped cord.

The court heard her mother attempted CPR for 10 minutes but Sophia died later in hospital.

Coroner Katy Skerrett said the tragedy was “every parent’s nightmare”.

“[It was] an unimaginable and tragic accident that every parent fears,” she added.

Too upset

Sophia’s parents, Amanda O’Halloran and her partner Chris Parslow, were too upset to attend the inquest, but their statement was read at the hearing.

Ms O’Halloran, 22, said she had left her daughter in the lounge watching her favourite TV programme, while she popped upstairs to get some things because her partner’s mother was coming to collect Sophia.

She said she was out of the room for no more than four minutes and when she came downstairs, she “panicked” because she could not see or hear her daughter.

She said she then saw Sophia behind a curtain by the window – and that she was suspended by her neck from the chain of the window blind.

Ms O’Halloran said Sophia was unconscious and had vomited – she called 999 and knew how to administer CPR as she had recently been on a first aid course.

‘Inquisitive toddler’

Sophia was taken in an ambulance to Gloucestershire Royal Hospital where she died.

The coroner said: “In those few minutes Sophia, a happy, typically inquisitive toddler, climbed onto the chair and I find it more probable than not that Sophia was perhaps trying to look out of the window or trying to reach the photo of herself hidden behind the curtain.

“In so doing, she managed to become entangled in the blind cord and suspended from it.”

Sophia’s parents are campaigning to have looped blind cords banned.

The campaign – called Sophia’s Cause – includes a Facebook page and an online petition, which has already gathered hundreds of signatures.

They posted a message on the page explaining why they had decided not to attend the inquest and paid tribute to their daughter.

The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents said there had been 14 window blind cord deaths across the UK since the start of 2010.



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