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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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.

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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.

A Very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from Cordaway.

Christmas is a time for sharing, for joy, for children. Keep them safe and we wish all the best for a wonderful festive season.

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Over the last few weeks we have had a series of strange replies to posts, from people suggesting that teaching and managing children is enough to prevent accidents. It’s simply not true. Children will walk into swimming pools – we have strict regulations for swimming pool fencing. Children attempt to touch working fans and heaters – it is mandatory to provides guards and restraints. Car seats, cupboard locks and precautions around stoves and benchtops – all are equally important.

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Here is the fact. Blind Cords have killed hundreds of children worldwide in the last ten years. Protect yours with recommended Safety devices. Cordaway is the most advanced and effective on the market.

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So again have a wonderful festive season and enjoy your family, your children and these times, its precious. For those who are still unsure of the worth of such devices please read the press release from the ACCC.

See you all in the New Year.

ACCC warns of dangers of loose blind and curtain cords

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERATragically, between one and two children die in Australian homes every year as a result of non-compliant corded blinds and curtains. Similar deaths occur regularly across the world and the ACCC is joining international regulators to warn of the hidden dangers associated with corded blinds and curtains.

“Loose cords can be extremely dangerous to young children, as they can quickly tangle or loop around a child’s neck. We are urging parents and carers to check each room in their house for blinds or curtains with cords and tie them up with cleats,” ACCC Commissioner Sarah Court said.

“It is important to make sure cots, beds, highchairs and playpens are placed away from blind or curtain cords so they remain inaccessible to infants at all times.”

“Young children will also climb on furniture, such as chairs and couches that may be near windows with blinds or curtain cords. All cords throughout the house should be secured and out of reach of children,” Ms Court said.

The mandatory standard for internal window coverings was declared in July 2010 and a separate regulation relating to installation services of window coverings came into effect in January 2015.

In April, the ACCC conducted a survey of corded blinds and curtains in 131 display homes and found evidence of an alarmingly poor level of compliance with the regulations for both supply and installation of window coverings.

Had the homes been sold with the window coverings as installed, only 10 per cent would have complied with all the requirements of the mandatory standard, including the incorporation of cord guides, cleats to keep the cords out of harm’s way, installer details, and mandatory warning labels.

“The ACCC is putting suppliers and installers on notice that they face prosecution and fines of up to $1.1 million if they fail to comply with the regulations,” Ms Court said.

The ACCC will continue to educate housing companies, manufacturers, retailers, and installers of corded internal window coverings about the requirements of the mandatory standard. The ACCC will be undertaking further surveillance and enforcement action will be taken where serious breaches of the regulation are found.

Safety at home

When installing new blinds and curtains, make sure you or the installer secure any loose or looped cords—do not leave them hanging down.
Go through every room in your home and check for any blinds or curtains with long cords that are either loose or looped. Remember, this includes any cords that are within children’s reach at floor level or near furniture they can climb on.
Do not put children’s cots, beds, highchairs or playpens near a window where children can reach blind or curtain cords. The cords can become tangled around children’s necks and strangle them.
Do not place sofas, chairs, tables, shelves or bookcases near windows with corded blinds or curtains. As young children like to climb onto furniture to look out the window, they may quickly become entangled in the cords, lose their footing, and suffer strangulation or serious injuries.
Accidental strangulation can happen very quickly, so never leave children alone in rooms where cords are unsecured if you’re visiting someone’s home, even for a short while.
Some blinds can’t operate properly without looped cords. To keep them out of children’s reach you should secure these cords with either:
tie-downs (cleats), or
tension devices that enclose cords and chain loops.
Always fix tie-downs and tension devices firmly to the wall or window-frame so a child is not able to remove them. Never use materials that can’t support a significant load, such as double-sided tape or glue.
Consider replacing corded blinds and curtains with cordless alternatives. There are safer designs of window coverings available for most applications.

Source: accc.gov.au/media-release

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Cordaway – Purchase here now and ensure your child’s safety.

Cordaway is a NEW BLIND CORD SAFETY DEVICE. Unlike cleats, which are exposed, Cordaway has sufficient room to store the FULL CORD and is then protected by a SNAP ON cover. You can order yours now by simply clicking on SHOP here on this page. ($9.60 each plus shipping) https://shop.cordaway.com.au/

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Blind cord fatalities continue worldwide unabated. The solution from both legislators and manufacturers alike is to create new cordless blinds. But the reality is that millions upon millions of corded blinds already exist in countless homes here in Australia and in other countries.

Children under 5 years are particularly vulnerable. It takes less than a minute for a child to be asphyxiated when tangled in a blind cord. LESS THAN ONE MINUTE. Unfortunately children are still succumbing to such strangulations. Even those rescued are often left with permanent brain damage.

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Rented properties, older homes and in many cases where young families are socially disadvantaged or ‘starting out’ often are fitted with these blinds. It is legally required in all Australian States that such blinds are fitted with ‘safety devices’. Usually that is a 15c ineffective cleat made of plastic fitted 1.6 m from the floor.

With Venetian and plantation style blinds the cleat simply does not capture the whole of the blind cord. The solution is to add more cleats. These are exposed. Children from 5 upwards can easily unwind them and often do, to the detriment of their younger siblings.

The Cordaway device is purpose designed. It has much bigger internal hooks (cleats) fixed to a backing plate that is fitted to the window architrave or wall. Wind the cord on and it is fully enclosed once the snap on cover is fitted. It’s a simple easy procedure for an adult. It’s somewhat more difficult for children and quite the deterrent.

So don’t delay. Buy now. You can either SHOP here on Facebook (use the Shop button on this page) or you can purchase via our website here. The units cost $9.60 each.

Be safe, be sure. Make your home safe with Cordaway. Your children deserve it!

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Blind Safety – Northern Ireland or Australia. It’s the same.

It takes only seconds for a toddler to lose their life on a blind cord – make your home safe!

The dangers associated with blind cords are highlighted in a video launched last year by the Public Health Agency (PHA), in association with local councils in Northern Ireland, to encourage everyone to make their home blind cord safe.

Dr Michael McBride, Chief Medical Officer for Northern Ireland, said: “Home accidents can easily be prevented by being aware of the dangers and hazards that are present in the home environment and putting in place interventions to minimise the risks.

“Internal window blinds can pose a big risk to children between the ages of 16 months and 36 months. In Northern Ireland there have been three blind cord deaths in the past three years and at least 31 children have died in the UK since 1999.

“The video aims to highlight the dangers of looped blind cords and look at ways in which blind cord injuries and deaths can be reduced.

“We would say to all adults, go around your home and:

  • examine every blind. If they have a looped control chain or cord and do not have a safety device fitted, then you can easily install one;
  • ensure that all operating blind cords and chains cannot be reached by children (In Australia by law the safety device must be 1.6m high off the floor)
  • move cots, beds and any furniture away from windows and blinds – remember children love to climb;
  • when buying a new blind, always look for one that does not contain cords, has concealed cords or has an in-built safety device and that complies with the new European Standards.”

Dr McBride continued: “New blinds are covered by improved European safety legislation that came into force in 2014, meaning they have been rigorously tested and if appropriate would have a chain break connector where the chain will break if any pressure is applied. However many homes have blinds fitted before this so it is important to check them all.”

Mary Black, Assistant Director of Health and Social Wellbeing Improvement with the Public Health Agency, said: “It is impossible to watch over our children 24 hours a day, so it is essential that we take time to make the home environment as safe as possible.

“As the video highlights, it can take as little as seconds for a toddler to lose their life after becoming entangled in a window blind cord or chain. Simple steps – such as securing cords and chains with safety devices and keeping furniture away from windows so that children cannot climb on them – can help prevent deaths. It is important that parents, relatives and carers check their homes and proactively take steps to make sure that children are kept safe.

“Don’t leave it until it is too late – taking simple steps to make our homes safer for children is the best way to help prevent accidents,” concluded Mary.

Marcus Potts, Chair of Environmental Health NI at Ards and North Down Council, said: “We are delighted to be working in partnership with the Public Health Agency to raise awareness of blind cord safety. The death of young children as a result of entanglement in looped blind cords is a particularly distressing type of accident. Joint effort is needed to ensure that looped blind cords are kept out of the reach of children.”

To view the video visit www.nidirect.gov.uk/blind-cord-safety

Source: publichealth.hscni.net

For further information on Blind Safety visit Cordaway, the cord safety device that works.

Cordaway – Your loved ones deserve real protection, real safety

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.

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.

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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 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 soon.

Blind cord safety – What you need to know

Blinds and curtains with long, unsecured cords are a strangulation hazard for children. Make sure you buy blinds and curtains with safe design features and that all long cords are secured.

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About blinds and curtains

Blinds, curtains and other window coverings are often operated using long cords.

Installing blinds and curtains

  • Make sure  any loose or looped cords are secured—do not leave them hanging down.
  • If possible, remove looped cords by cutting the cord and installing tassels.
  • Some blinds can’t operate properly without looped cords. To keep them out of children’s reach you should secure these cords with either tie-downs (cleats) or tension devices that enclose cords and chain loops.
  • Always fix tie-downs and tension devices firmly to the wall or window-frame to prevent a child from remove them.

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Risks and injuries

Blind and curtain cords can present a strangulation hazard to children, as they may become entangled in them while trying to use, or play around window coverings. Even with raised coverings, children can climb onto window sills or furniture and access cords. Cords can also strangle infants sleeping or playing in cots placed near windows where cords are within reach or hanging into cots.

Young children often like to climb onto furniture to look out the window. If they can reach the cords, they may quickly become entangled in them, lose their footing and suffer strangulation or serious injuries.

Accidental strangulation can happen very quickly, so never leave children alone in these rooms, even for a short while.

Buying tips

  • 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.

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Safe use

  • 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.

Cordaway Saves Toddlers’ and Small Children’s Lives.

If you have small children – pre-school, primary school aged children or are visited by young children – grandparents, uncles and aunties – or you run a café or small business with exposed blind cords – then Cordaway is the right choice in fail-safe safety devices for protecting children and pets from harmful blind cords.

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Other devices used on Venetian Blinds, Roman Blinds and other corded interior blinds are generally ineffective, fiddly or not child proof. Cleats for large blinds simply do not accept the full length of the blind cords. Older children often untie them and do not replace the cord back on the cleat when finished, exposing toddlers to extreme danger. Half measures like tying the cords off or cutting off the bottom section are anything but foolproof – when the blind is fully drawn to the pelmet, the cords will still reach the floor.

Cordaway follows the prescription of the law. The device is fitted 1.6m above floor level. The blind cord can be fully wound onto the wall mounted hook plate (3 hooks per plate) then closed off with a snap-on cover.

Watch the video here:

The video demonstrates that the cords are safely stored.

Buy this week and receive our 2 for 1 offer (Limited to 2 units). Priced at $9.60 plus shipping, it’s a very wise investment. Easy to install, Cordaway provides Parents and carers with real peace of mind.

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