Internal Blind Cords Are Lethal For Small Children

For some reason there is a rather spurious story currently doing the rounds in the retail sector that Blind Cords are a thing of the past and new internal blinds are now ‘safe’. But factually that’s simply not true. Visit your largest hardware chain or homewares store and you will find Venetian and Plantation blinds with cords for sale right now. Not only that, but consider the millions of such blinds currently in use in Australia, in both owner occupied and rental properties. The fact is that blind cords are still a major hazard and risk for young children in many, many Australian homes.

The solution is Cordaway, a simple device with the advantage of taking the entire length of the blind cord and enclosing it above and beyond prying little hands. Recommended by Kidsafe Australia, the units are available now online and will soon be available for purchase at major retail outlets – hardware, homeware and baby care style retailers.

Read these stories and decide for yourself what level of safety is adequate for your child.

Mum shares horrifying photo after blind cord wraps around toddler’s neck.

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The 3-year-old boy later told his mum he was ‘trying to make a necklace’ 

A mum from Utah in the US has shared terrifying photos of her young son’s neck after the blind from a cord wrapped around his neck and very nearly strangled him to death.

“Our sweet 3-year-old boy is a survivor” Arika Hernandez wrote in a Facebook post this month.

The toddler was playing on a top bunk when he wrapped the cord around his neck as a game.

He later told his mum that he had been ‘trying to make a necklace’.

It’s a miracle the cord snapped

After the cord was wrapped, the little boy started climbing down the ladder of his bed as the cord tightened.

“He panicked and tried to yell for mum and dad but nothing came out,” Arika wrote in her warning to other mums.

“He scratched at the cords to loosen them but all he could grab was skin.”

Incredibly, as an act of desperation, the little boy leapt from the ladder and the blind cord broke, saving his life.

“We heard a loud thump – his jump – and then his loud scream. This was not just any scream, [but] one I have never heard in my life,” the shocked mum wrote. “It will be forever ringing in my ears.”

The mum raced her little boy to hospital where doctors were shocked that he had been so lucky. “These blind cords are not meant to break,” she explained.

“We are counting our blessings! God has big plans for our little boy. It was not his time to go.”

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Another parent shared her own tragedy

Tragically, another parent shared that her little boy had not been so fortunate.

“Our three year old son Daniel died 9 years ago on Jan 21 2010 when he strangled on the corded window blinds in his bedroom during what was supposed to be his nap time,” said mum Andrea Sutton.

“They were tied up but kids are curious and it only takes that one time…”

Both mums explained that they hoped other parents would hear their warnings and remove all corded blinds from their homes.

“NO CORDED BLINDS ARE SAFE!” wrote Arika. “They now sell cordless blinds and they are worth every penny.”

“Even if you cut the cords once the blinds are lifted up it creates a hazard. The cords cannot be cut short to make them safer… there are still inner cords and if the cord is pulled so the blinds go all the way up, that pull-cord will then be long enough to make a loop & strangle a child.”

Arika also urged parents to love and appreciate every second with their little ones.

”Hug the people that mean the most to you,” she wrote.

“Be grateful you have another beautiful day with them.”

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Where the cord snapped, saving the little boy’s life

How to keep your child safe around blinds:

The ACCC in Australia has frequently warned parents about the dangers of corded blinds.

They offer these tips when buying blinds:

  • Choose blinds and curtains with safe design features and warning labels.
  • Ensure the blind provides a way to secure cords so there are no loops or strands that children can reach.
  • Consider blinds that operate without exposed cords.

Safety tips if you already have blinds with cords that you can’t remove:

  • Buy tie-downs and tension devices from hardware or window furnishing stores. (Cordaway)
  • Do not put children’s cots, beds, highchairs or playpens near a window where children can reach the blind or curtain cords.
  • Do not place sofas, chairs, tables, shelves or bookcases near windows with corded blinds or curtains.
  • Check all window furnishings and place all cords out of children’s reach.

Source: kidspot.com.au

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Blind Cords Kill – Cordaway Saves Children’s Lives

Internal blinds such as Venetian, Roman and Plantation blinds still pose a major danger to young children. the industry and its association, the Blind Manufacturers Association of Australia would like people to believe that the danger has been circumvented with the release of new cordless blinds or fixed cord blinds. This ignores the fact that in Australia there are still literally millions of corded blinds in use; in homes, rented accommodation and commercial premises. Blinds such as these pose a fatal risk to young children and toddlers.

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These children have all lost their lives in blind-cord accidents

Cleats as recommended by the ACCC and the industry are somewhat ineffective. The cord can be unravelled by an older child and generally such cleats do not accept the full length of the blind cord/s.

The Cordaway device is the only safe alternative to cleats currently available. With a snap-on cover and space to accept the whole length of the blind cords, Cordaway is a failsafe alternative that will guarantee the safety of your child.

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Consider this timely message from CBS News in the USA.

Window blind cords could be deadly to children, experts warn

New research serves as a warning about a common household item that can pose a serious safety threat to young children: window blind cords.

A new study published in the journal Pediatrics found that over a 26-year period, nearly 17,000 children were treated in the emergency room for injuries related to window blinds and 271 died, most from strangulation after becoming entangled in the cords.

“We’ve known about this problem since the 1940s. The findings of this study confirm that children continue to die from strangulation on window blind cords. This is unacceptable,” Dr. Gary Smith, the senior author of the study and Director of the Center for Injury Research and Policy at Nationwide Children’s Hospital, told CBS News.

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The first reports of window blind injuries were identified in the medical literature as early as 1945. Today’s study looked at window blind-related injuries treated in the ER in children younger than 6 between 1990 and 2015.

Entanglement injuries accounted for nearly 12 percent of all cases. More than 80 percent of all the injuries were to the neck.

Smith said that children between the ages of 1 and 4 are at the greatest risk of injury from window blind cords as they gain mobility and become more curious about their surroundings.

“They are able to reach blind cords, but they do not understand the danger of strangulation and are unable to free themselves once entangled,” he said.

The study “should be a huge wake-up call to the public, to the retailers, to the manufacturers and to parents all over the nation to really see how hazardous the cords on the blinds are,” Linda Kaiser of St. Louis told the Associated Press. Her 1-year-old daughter died from strangulation in 2002 when she pulled a looped hidden cord from a window blind and put it around her neck. Kaiser later formed the advocacy group Parents for Window Blind Safety.

Smith notes that the most serious injuries in the study occurred while the child was under a parent’s supervision and had been left alone for less than 10 minutes while either going to sleep, playing, or watching TV.

“There is a misperception that if we just watch our kids carefully, they will be safe. But even the best parent in the world cannot watch their child every second of every day,” he said. “Young children are quick, curious, and unable to recognize danger. Many parents underestimate these factors. A curious child can quickly get entangled in a window blind cord. This can lead to strangulation within minutes.”

The authors call for the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission to mandate that window blind manufacturers only sell products that do not pose these hazards for children. The Window Covering Manufacturers Association tells the AP it will be soon be adopting new standards, developed with input from the CPSC, to end the sale of corded blinds in stores and online.

“Safe, affordable cordless blinds and shades are widely available,” Smith said. “A mandatory federal safety standard should be adopted prohibiting the sale of products with accessible cords if the industry is not willing to do this through the voluntary standard process.”

Until then, the authors say the best way to keep kids safe is to replace all the blinds that have cords in the home with either cordless blinds, blinds with inaccessible cords, or other types of cordless window coverings, such as interior window shutters, draperies, and curtains.

If replacing all the blinds in the house is not possible, experts suggest starting with windows in the rooms where children spend the most time, such as bedrooms and living rooms, and then replacing others when you can.

Cribs, beds, couches, and other furniture should also be moved away from windows so children cannot climb on them to get to the window or window blind cords.

“Talk to people at the other places where your child spends time such as the grandparents’ house, child care, or school,” Smith said. “Ask them to also remove window blinds with cords to help keep your child safer.”

Source: https://www.cbsnews.com/news/ban-window-blinds-with-cords-to-prevent-kids-deaths-injuries-study/

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Dad Found Dead 11 Years After Toddler Blind Cord Death in Devastating Double Family Tragedy

Blind Cords are lethal, there are those that will try to convince you that a small cleat placed 1.6 metres off the floor on a window architrave will in fact do the job, providing a safe environment for children.

“Wind the cord onto the cleat” Problem number one – the cleat does not accept the full blind cord.

“Fit a second cleat” Problem number two – the cleat is exposed. An older child or adult can easily unwind the blind cord, leaving the cords exposed.

The other equally relevant issue is the industry publicity that promotes the idea that such blind cords are now superseded with new cordless blinds or blinds with roller fittings replacing all corded blinds. Unfortunately that’s just not true.

There are millions of Corded Blinds still in active use worldwide. From the obvious situations of rental properties to the homes of low income parents who simply can’t afford to replace their internal blinds, corded blinds remain in use.

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The Cordaway Blind Cord Safety Device is approved by Kidsafe Australia

There is a solution – the Cordaway Safety Device – affordable, childproof and capable of accepting the full length of any indoor blind cord. Approved by Kidsafe Australia, the Cordaway units take five minutes to fit.

A snap cover keeps inquisitive little hands at bay.

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For $9.60 a window, do you feel it’s worth protecting the lives of your children?

The tragedy of a child’s death is a massive burden and frankly some people just can’t abide the pain.

This story is from Scotland…

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Katie and Angus McLaughlin who struggled to deal with trauma of little Muireann

Dad found dead 11 years after toddler blind cord death in devastating double family tragedy

Angus McLaughlin never recovered from the loss of toddler Muireann, who died when her neck was accidentally caught in a looped blind cord in the family home.

A dad whose two-year-old daughter died in a horrific blind cord accident has been found dead after struggling with the trauma of the tragedy.

Angus McLaughlin sent his widow Katie a time-delayed email, which she got after his body was discovered.

He had never recovered from the loss of toddler Muireann, who died when her neck was accidentally caught in a looped blind cord in the family home.

Katie, 50, told how health worker Angus suffered post-traumatic stress disorder after the little girl’s fatal accident.

And a legal wrangle with a lawyer over a £10,000 compensation payment added to his anguish.

Radiographer Angus, 50, was discovered in the family bathroom by their 15-year-old son Cian – who had also found Muireann – on March 16.

Katie, a part-time primary school teacher, said: “Before his death, he emailed me to say how much he loved me and that he always loved me and he loves the children.

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Katie had tried to get help for Angus

“Angus had put a delay on the email so I didn’t get it until after he had died.

“In his email, he said he would be seeking out Muireann and they would look in on us.”

The toddler died after climbing on to a box to wave goodbye to her gran at her home in Menstrie, Clackmannanshire, in February 2008.

She tripped and knocked herself unconscious as her neck got caught in the looped blind cord. She died a short time later from strangulation.

Muireann is survived by her sister Aoife, 17, brother Cian, sister Aine, 10, and brother Ruadhan, five. Katie added: “Angus fought depression and PTSD after Muireann died. He always blamed himself for her death because he couldn’t revive her.

“Angus felt he should have been able to save her, even though a Fatal Accident Inquiry absolved him of any blame.

“It said she would have died within 20 seconds, even if someone had been in the room. But that was no help to him.

“The pain was too great and, in the end, it overwhelmed him. I’m utterly devastated. I knew he was struggling and had tried to get help for him.

“But it was hard to get Angus to seek help. He was having nightmares and flashbacks and wasn’t in a good place.”

Angus had been leading a claim against lawyer and employment tribunal judge Ian Smith Watson, who the couple alleged withheld £10,000 in compensation which was awarded after Muireann died.

Insurers acting for the company who installed the blinds agreed to pay out £100,000 in 2011 but the couple claimed that Smith Watson only gave them £90,000, despite his fees already being paid.

Katie said Angus – who had just started a new job at a private hospital in Glasgow – asked her to write to Smith Watson to again make a request for their cash.

She received a reply three days after Angus died. Smith Watson’s solicitor said he was not liable to make the payment.

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Angus with Katie and their kids, left to right, Aoife, Ruadhan, Cian, and Aine

Katie added: “Angus felt he should have been stronger to support the family and deal with Ian Smith Watson.

“On the Friday before he died, Angus insisted I write to Mr Smith Watson, asking him to return the money to us and informing him of our intent to pursue a complaint against him with the Scottish Legal Complaints Commission if he refused.

“It was all too much for him in the end – it overwhelmed him.”

Last September, Smith Watson was found guilty of professional misconduct by the Scottish Solicitors’ Discipline Tribunal in Edinburgh over his handling of a case involving the death of a newborn baby in 2008. The proceedings were brought by the mother, who had asked Smith Watson to make a medical negligence claim against the hospital.

She claimed he did not explain to her how legal fees and court costs were deducted from her final compensation payout. He was censured and fined £2000. Smith Watson declined to comment.

Katie revealed that she has moved out of the family home. She and Angus chose to remain there following
Muireann’s death. But the mum has ruled out ever returning after being hit with the second tragedy.

She and the children are now living with relatives and she plans to sell the house.

However, Katie admitted that she is worried about the future.

A JustGiving page has been set up to pay Angus’s funeral costs and has already reached more than £6000.

Pupils at Alva Academy and strangers have also been making donations to the family.

Katie, who was also diagnosed with PTSD after Muireann’s death, said: “I now have four children to support on a part-time salary. My health is not good enough for me to go full-time.

“Any insurance payout will not be enough to support the family.

“We’ve had tremendous support from the local community. Pupils at the school have been giving our children cash and strangers have been coming to the door with money – sometimes as much as £150.”

She added: “The ripple effect when a child dies is huge. Two of our children have a sister that they never met.

“You just don’t lose your child but your future with them.”

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Lawyer Ian Smith Watson

Angus’s funeral will take place at Falkirk Crematorium on Friday at 2.30pm.

His ashes will be scattered on Muireann’s grave and the isle of Eriskay in the Outer Hebrides, where he grew up.

Keith Brown, SNP MSP for Clackmannanshire and Dunblane, who has backed the family in their dispute with Smith Watson, said: “This was an absolutely tragic event and my sympathies are with the McLaughlin family for what they have suffered.

“I’ll continue to lend my full support to the family in their fight for compensation and I’m happy take up the case with the relevant organisations on their behalf should they wish me to do so.”

Police Scotland said: “Police in Forth Valley were called to a property in Menstrie on March 16 by the Scottish Ambulance Service.

“A 50-year-old man was sadly pronounced dead a short time later.

“The death is not being treated as suspicious and a report has been submitted to the procurator fiscal.”

Source: dailyrecord.co.uk

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Toddler dies after being tangled in Blind Cords.

It’s not unusual when Cordaway publish a blog or Facebook post, for people to inform us that “Blind Cords are no longer a problem as modern blinds have different mechanisms” or the blind cords are now ‘safely stowed’. Unfortunately this simply isn’t the case for the vast majority of internal blinds in current operation residentially.

It is still a major problem and very young children are still dying. Quite simply the solution to blind cord storage must be 100% failsafe. No ifs, no buts! The Cordaway product has a snap-on protective cover. Placed as required by current federal regulations (see ACCC/blind cords) 1.6m above floor level, the Cordaway device accepts the total length of the blind cords.

In Britain not more than a month and a half ago, the Coroner’s Court in Rochdale dealt with the very sad case of the death of Macy Craig – aged 2.

Here is the report from Britain’s Sun Newspaper.

Girl, 2, died after being strangled by bedroom blind cord when she went for an afternoon nap

A TWO-year-old girl tragically died after being strangled by a blind cord in her bedroom when she went for an afternoon nap, an inquest has heard.

An inquest into Macy Fletcher’s death heard she was found upright but unresponsive next to the window by her mother on January 9 when she went to check on her.

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Little Macy was found accidentally strangled by her mum Credit: Cavendish Press

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Macy’s mum has launched a petition to get looped cords on blinds banned Credit: Cavendish Press

The blind cord was wrapped around her neck, Rochdale Coroner’s Court was told.

Macy’s mother Karoline Craig untangled her before ringing 999. Paramedics rushed the child to hospital, but she could not be saved.

According to figures from the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (ROSPA) there have been 29 toddler deaths connected to blind cords  since 1999.

Macy’s family have launched a Parliamentary petition, calling for looped cords on blinds to be banned. More than 500 people have already pledged their support.

The coroner who dealt with the tragic case is to write to the government to highlight dozens of similar deaths in the last 20 years.

Macy’s loved ones, many of whom wore t-shirts with her adorable face at the inquest, sobbed as harrowing details of the accident were played out in court.

The tot had been to nursery in the morning before going for lunch.

Macy then went upstairs to play and have a nap, as usual, while her mum was cleaning.

Karoline said her daughter enjoyed looking out of her bedroom window and often messed with the panels of the blind, so she removed them just leaving the runner and the cord.

“Macy had such an infectious smile and her giggle, well, that would have you laughing with her” Macy’s mum Karoline Craig

When Karoline went upstairs to check on Macy, she realised “something very tragic had happened”, she told the court.

Macy was pronounced dead after arriving at Royal Oldham Hospital shortly after 3pm.

The fact Macy was tall for her age and that she was stood on a mattress on the floor – put there in case she fell out of bed – meant the cord was within her reach, the court heard.

DI Lindsay Booth, who carried out an investigation into the death, ruled out third party involvement

Regulations were brought in 2014 meaning all blinds sold and installed must have the cords attached to the wall; have a chain break feature; or a wand-style device to open and close them.

The landlord of the property, on Oldham Road in Royton, Greater Manchester, said the blinds had been fitted by a local firm when he bought it in December 2010.

‘ACCIDENTAL DEATH’

They hadn’t been re-fitted as the landlord wasn’t aware they needed to be.

He said the property was checked before Miss Craig was given the keys in December 2016 and that the blinds were ‘fully functional and in good working order’ as far as he was aware.

Assistant coroner Julie Robertson recorded a verdict of accidental death.

Speaking after the hearing, Karoline paid tribute to her ‘happy smiley little girl who melted everyone’s hearts’.

Karoline said: “Macy had such an infectious smile and her giggle well that would have you laughing with her.

“What has happened in this tragic accident, we as a family are still trying to come to terms with.

“Macy will be forever missed and always in our hearts. Our hearts are all left with a massive hole but Macy will always be in our thoughts.

“She is deeply missed and loved by all her family. Macy will always be our precious little angel.

“We as a family appreciate people’s support, but would now like to be left alone to grieve and process what has happened.”

Blind cord safety – the do’s and dont’s

  • One simple way to make the blinds safe is to cut the cords off the blind. This will remove the ability to lift and or lower the blind but the slats can still be tilted using the wand.
  • Don’t just tuck the cord behind the slats.
  • Attach a security device so any cord can be securely tidied away out of reach.
  • Place your child’s cot or bed far enough away from any window blind.
  • Don’t put any sofa, chair, table or shelves near a window as children like to climb about.
  • When buying a new blind look for one which is “safe by design,” such as ones that are cordless or have concealed cord systems.
  • Some blinds come with chain break connectors that fall apart when undue pressure is applied.

The coroner said she would compile a report and write to the housing minister and The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents about the need for a regulatory body for landlords, to keep them up to date with the latest health and safety advice and regulation details..

The family’s petition can be viewed and signed here.

To donate to a Just Giving fund launched to help Macy’s family, click here.

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Macy had spent the morning at nursery before having an afternoon nap Credit: Cavendish Press

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Macy’s mum said she would always be their ‘precious little angel’ Credit: Cavendish Press

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Cordaway – Saves Lives – Keep your children safe.

Blind cords – are they still a problem?

The answer is a resounding YES.

The Interior Blind Industry is now committed to cordless blinds. This sounds like and is a major breakthrough after so many children have suffered major trauma and injury getting tangled in blind cords. Do they still sell corded blinds? Yes they do.

The truth of the matter? In Australia alone there are still literally millions of corded internal blinds situated in private homes. It will take over 20 years for the majority to be replaced. Until then, fit Cordaway to all such blinds – and fully protect your children. http://cordaway.com.au/

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Cordaway is a simple device that is a major advance on simple exposed cleats. By law all blind cord cleats or safety devices must be located 1.6m from the floor. Most blind cords need several cleats to wind the full cord onto. Even when ‘tied off’ an older child can undo them – the cord remains exposed. Winding devices commonly sold in Hardware stores offer the same dilemma. Older children can unwind them, or they become dysfunctional, or parents and carers forget to activate them.

Cordaway provides a solid backing plate that with three larger hooks will accept the full length of the blind cords. Once wound on and secure, the snap-on cover ensures the cords are simply ‘out of reach’ of curious young hands. And visually it’s simple to see whether you have placed the cover over the cords and the device is being used.

Approved by ‘Kidsafe Australia’ the Cordaway Blind Cord Safety Device is effective, easy to fit, easy to use and provides real safety for young children, their parents, carers and relatives.

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At $9.60 each (discount for quantity) it’s possible to set up Cordaway devices throughout your home at a minimal cost. Aesthetically the units blend into the home’s architecture. Fit them now. Go to Cordaway.com.au and order now or simply hit the ‘Shop Now’ button on our Facebook page.

Ensure your children’s safety now.

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Cordaway – the practical and sensible Blind Cord Safety Device.

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Cordaway – Prevent injury and possible fatal accidents with Blind Cords.

Cordaway provides the best blind cord safety device on the market. Follow this link to purchase. Unlike cleats, the Cordaway device is designed to be childproof. With a snap-on cover and ample room to wind the entire cord onto the backing plate Cordaway ensure that little hands cannot become entangled in or even touch the blind cords once stored. By law such devices must be 1.6m from the floor.

With simple cleats an older child may undo the cord without difficulty. Using Cordaway, the child would need to remove the snap-on cover and unwind the full length of the cord, a difficult task.

Here are the technical drawings for Cordaway

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Blind cords still pose a real threat to vulnerable young lives. Read this article regarding a recent near tragedy in Utah.

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Mum’s chilling warning, after boy, 3, nearly chokes to death when blind cord wraps around his neck

Shaken mum Arika Hernandez, from Utah, revealed her toddler had been ‘trying to make a necklace’

A SHAKEN mum has shared terrifying photos of her young son’s neck after the cord of a window blind nearly strangled him to death.

Arika Hernandez, 27, from Utah in the US, told how three-year-old Kai was playing on the top bunk of his bed when he wrapped the cord around his neck as a game.

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Arika Hernandez told how her little boy is lucky to be alive after nearly strangling himself on a window blind cord.

The lucky toddler later told his mum he had been “trying to make a necklace”, Kidspot reported.

Once the cord was around his neck, the young lad began climbing down the ladder of his bed, causing the cord to tighten.

“He panicked and tried to yell for Mum and Dad, but nothing came out,” Arika wrote in her warning to other mums on Facebook earlier this month.

“He scratched at the cords to loosen them but all he could grab was skin.”

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Kai had been trying to make a necklace out of the cord

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Luckily the cord snapped when he jumped off the bunk bed

Incredibly the little boy leapt from the ladder as an act of desperation and the blind cord broke, saving his life.

“Our sweet three-year-old boy is a survivor,” Arika said.

“We heard a loud thump — his jump — and then his loud scream. This was not just any scream, [but] one I have never heard in my life.

“It will be forever ringing in my ears.”

The mum raced her little boy to hospital where doctors were shocked he had been so lucky.

“These blind cords are not meant to break,” she explained.

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The mum raced her little boy to hospital where doctors were shocked he had been so lucky

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The lucky toddler later told his mum he had been ‘trying to make a necklace’

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Arika Hernandez shared a warning to other parents on Facebook

“We are counting our blessings! God has big plans for our little boy. It was not his time to go.”

Tragically, another parent revealed her little boy had not been so fortunate.

“Our three year old son Daniel died nine years ago on Jan 21, 2010 when he (was) strangled on the corded window blinds in his bedroom during what was supposed to be his nap time,” mum Andrea Sutton shared.

“They were tied up but kids are curious and it only takes that one time…”

Both mums explained that they hoped other parents would heed their warnings and remove all corded blinds from their homes.

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Arika with her sons Kai and Eli

The ACCC in Australia has frequently warned parents about the dangers of corded blinds…

They offer these tips when buying blinds:

  • Choose blinds and curtains with safe design features and warning labels.
  • Ensure the blind provides a way to secure cords so there are no loops or strands that children can reach.
  • Consider blinds that operate without exposed cords.

Safety tips if you already have blinds with cords that you can’t remove:

  • Buy tie-downs and tension devices from hardware or window furnishing stores.
  • Do not put children’s cots, beds, highchairs or playpens near a window where children can reach the blind or curtain cords.
  • Do not place sofas, chairs, tables, shelves or bookcases near windows with corded blinds or curtains.
  • Check all window furnishings and place all cords out of children’s reach.

“NO CORDED BLINDS ARE SAFE!” wrote Arika. “They now sell cordless blinds and they are worth every penny.

“Even if you cut the cords once the blinds are lifted up it creates a hazard. The cords cannot be cut short to make them safer… there are still inner cords and if the cord is pulled so the blinds go all the way up, that pull-cord will then be long enough to make a loop and strangle a child.”

Arika also urged parents to love and appreciate every second with their little ones.

“Hug the people that mean the most to you,” she wrote.

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Arika also urged parents to love and appreciate every second with their little ones

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Be safe. Be sure.

Always fit Cordaway Blind Cord Safety evices wherever there are corded blinds adn young children. Don’t delay.

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Blind Cords – A Deadly Hazard

In Australia there are literally millions of homes with corded blinds – Venetians, Roman and Plantation. These types of blinds and others similar have been installed in Australian homes since the 1950s in huge numbers.

Blind cords are one of the most dangerous hazards in modern housing to children. The Commonwealth Government has implemented Blind Safety regulations through the ACCC. Local State Government Consumer Affairs departments issue standard warnings and demand that rental properties be all fitted with safety devices – cleats.

Cleats are simply inadequate. A cleat does not take the full length of the blind cord and even when several are fitted, the cord can be accessed by an older child and unwound, leaving a hugely risky situation for toddlers.

Cordaway in Window 2Cordaway is the only really safe alternative. With its snap on cover and the ability to accept ALL the blind cord it’s simply the safest option available on the market.

Cordaway can be purchased at the Cordaway website. For less than $10 you can be sure your children are safe. Buy more than 5 – get a discount.

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Cordaway – Simple, Safe, Secure. Don’t risk your child’s safety.

Cordaway – Real Blind Cord Safety – Totally reliable

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The Cordaway Safety Device is the simplest to install, providing real peace of mind for parents, carers, grandparents and others faced with the dangers of corded blinds. The truth is there are thousands of these types of internal blinds in use here in Australia and worldwide.

Put bluntly, the blind cords kill. Children are strangled and are beyond help sometimes in less than thirty seconds.

Cordaway is a simple device. Attach it to the window architrave or wall 1.6 metres above the floor. The plate has 3 hooks and will accept the full length of any blind cord. Wind it on and then simply apply the snap on cover plate. The unit is childproof. Young children under seven years of age will simply not be able to access the cords.

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Not convinced? Read these harrowing stories…

A mum from Utah in the US has shared terrifying photos of her young son’s neck after the blind from a cord wrapped around his neck and very nearly strangled him to death.

“Our sweet 3-year-old boy is a survivor” Arika Hernandez wrote in a Facebook post this month.

The toddler was playing on a top bunk when he wrapped the cord around his neck as a game.

He later told his mum that he had been ‘trying to make a necklace’, Kidspot reported.

It’s a miracle the cord snapped

After the cord was wrapped, the little boy started climbing down the ladder of his bed as the cord tightened.

“He panicked and tried to yell for mum and dad but nothing came out,” Arika wrote in her warning to other mums.

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The toddler was playing on a top bunk when he wrapped the cord around his neck as a game.

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After the cord was wrapped he started climbing down the ladder of his bed as the cord tightened.

“He scratched at the cords to loosen them but all he could grab was skin.”

Incredibly, as an act of desperation, the little boy leapt from the ladder and the blind cord broke, saving his life.

“We heard a loud thump — his jump — and then his loud scream. This was not just any scream, [but] one I have never heard in my life,” the shocked mum wrote. “It will be forever ringing in my ears.”

The mum raced her little boy to hospital where doctors were shocked that he had been so lucky. “These blind cords are not meant to break,” she explained.

“We are counting our blessings! God has big plans for our little boy. It was not his time to go.”

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Incredibly, as an act of desperation he, little boy leapt from the ladder and the blind cord broke, saving his life.

Arika Hernandez is so grateful that her little boy survived the terrible accident. She posted this on Facebook.

ANOTHER PARENT SHARED HER OWN STORY

Tragically, another parent shared that her little boy had not been so fortunate.

“Our three year old son Daniel died 9 years ago on Jan 21 2010 when he strangled on the corded window blinds in his bedroom during what was supposed to be his nap time,” said mum Andrea Sutton.

“They were tied up but kids are curious and it only takes that one time …”

Both mums explained that they hoped other parents would hear their warnings and remove all corded blinds from their homes.

“NO CORDED BLINDS ARE SAFE!” wrote Arika. “They now sell cordless blinds and they are worth every penny.”

“Even if you cut the cords once the blinds are lifted up it creates a hazard. The cords cannot be cut short to make them safer … there are still inner cords and if the cord is pulled so the blinds go all the way up, that pull-cord will then be long enough to make a loop & strangle a child.”

Arika also urged parents to love and appreciate every second with their little ones.

”Hug the people that mean the most to you,” she wrote.

“Be grateful you have another beautiful day with them.”

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Where the cord snapped, saving the little boy’s life.

HOW TO KEEP YOUR CHILD SAFE AROUND BLINDS

The ACCC in Australia has frequently warned parents about the dangers of corded blinds.

They offer these tips when buying blinds:

Choose blinds and curtains with safe design features and warning labels.

Ensure the blind provides a way to secure cords so there are no loops or strands that children can reach.

Consider blinds that operate without exposed cords.

Safety tips if you already have blinds with cords that you can’t remove:

Buy tie-downs and tension devices from hardware or window furnishing stores.

Do not put children’s cots, beds, highchairs or playpens near a window where children can reach the blind or curtain cords.

Do not place sofas, chairs, tables, shelves or bookcases near windows with corded blinds or curtains.

Check all window furnishings and place all cords out of children’s reach.

This story originally appeared on Kidspot and has been published here with permission.

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You can buy your Cordaway devices right here. Click on the ‘shop now’ button. For $9.60 plus postage you know your children will be safe. Multiple units? You will get a discount.

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CORDAWAY PREVENTS BLIND CORD ACCIDENTS

The safest solution for preventing blind cord accidents – and very unfortunately fatalities, is to fit the Cordaway Safety Device.

As can be seen via this video, it’s simply matter of seconds and it can be – and often is – a life or death situation.

The Cordaway Safety Device provides peace of mind for parents, grandparents and carers of young children. It is the only device that will accept the full length of the blind cord and once wound on, a snap-on child proof cover prevents access to little hands.

Order Now. Click on the Shop Now button on this page – or at Cordaway.com.au. A single unit can be fitted in less than 2 minutes using a power drill. Single units are $9.60 plus shipping. Multiple units (above 5) are $8.60 plus shipping.

Don’t delay. Don’t risk your child’s life. Be Safe, Be Sure – Use Cordaway – it’s the smart thing to do.

Cordaway are approved and recommended by Kidsafe Australia

Cordaway – Your loved ones deserve real protection, real safety. Buy Cordaway NOW

When parents experience the joys of welcoming a new child into this world, there is also this huge new responsibility. A precious new life, a new crib, new clothes, a nursery. Pretty soon it’s a year gone bye. Baby is starting to become adventurous – standing in their cot, looking out the window inquisitive.

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By two they’re mobile. Move the cot away from the window. Make sure the blind cords are out of reach.

Stop the video right here. In up to 50% of older housing stock in Australia there are venetian blinds – with dangling unprotected cords. Add to this the thousands upon thousands of the very popular wooden plantation blinds sold through the mid 2000s up until today – again all with long dangling cords. Quite simply these represent serious safety risks to young children – strangulation is unfortunately a very real possibility. Realistically it’s a definite risk for all children aged up to 6-7 years of age. It takes but a short period – less than a minute for the child to lose consciousness. After 30-40 seconds, the risk is asphyxiation resulting in death or permanent brain damage.

The children below all lost their lives to blind cords.

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A plastic cleat may seem more attractive but in reality it’s probably limited in its safety application and easily accessed by older children without an external cover.

‘Cordaway’ provides enough space to take the full blind cord. It is then protected by a childproof snap-on cover. The Cordaway device is 230mm high, 45mm wide and 28mm deep. It is attractive and was designed and then approved by Industrial Designers and Interior Designers. It is unobtrusive and yet completely contains the cords in a manner where they are inaccessible to small children. Only an adult will comfortably remove the outer cover. And consider at 1.6m from floor level the device is out of a small child’s reach fixed to the window architrave or wall. It is functional and fits in with modern decor.

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Once your children have reached safe age and you are confident of their awareness and common sense, it is a simple job to remove the Cordaway device if you desire. Simply fill up the screwholes and repaint the architraves.

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To be Kid-Safe, it’s really simple. Fit a Cordaway Device and ensure real safety for your family. Available now, click here to shop.