So, how can strangulation be prevented?
NEVER cut a blind cord, as this will not only stop your blinds working, it can actually make your blinds more dangerous
You can also fit safety clips like those shown below:
- Suspended toys or mobiles above cots or beds
- Drawstrings on clothing
- Ropes or belts
- Drawstring bags (especially attached to where your child could get their head through the loop of the drawstring)
- Always clip blind cords right out of reach or use cordless blinds
- Never hang anything on the side of a cot or within reach of the child
- Small children should not wear necklaces or dummies round their necks
- Cot bumpers with ties should be avoided
As I was searching and reading around for this post I was reminded of the work of the Child Accident Prevention Trust. Their website is a goldmine of excellent, age appropriate safety advice that I would urge all parents to take a look at!
LifeFirst provides this information for guidance and it is not in any way a substitute for medical advice. LifeFirst is not responsible or liable for any diagnosis made, or actions taken based on this information. It is strongly advised that you attend a First Aid course to understand what to do in a medical emergency.