Video highlights danger of window blind cords

A hard hitting video launched by the Public Health Agency (PHA), in association with local councils, is encouraging everyone to make their home blind cord safe. highlighting the dangers associated with blind cords.

Dr Michael McBride, Chief Medical Officer for Northern Ireland, said: “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.”

Mary Black, with the PHA, said 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.

“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,” she warned.

Causeway Mayor Maura Hickey urged people to “take all necessary steps to remove any potential dangers from their homes”. Visit nidirect.gov.uk/blind-cord-safety