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Safety Rules Target Window Blind Fatalities

UK safeguarding children boards (LSCB) welcomed new safety rules for window blind and cords. They expressed how the new standards could prevent future child deaths.

BLIND CORD SAFETY: The statistics are alarming and needed to be tougher.

Averages show that 2 children die of choking entanglement on bedroom blind cords every year in the United Kingdom.

BBSA New Safety Standards

The BBSA is the British Blind and Shutter Association. Their relentless campaign has brought about new safety standards.

The new standards include cord and chain length limitations and product warnings. There will also be extra package information issued by the manufacturer.

New safety devices will be available to upgrade existing window blinds with cords.

These new requirements and child safety guidelines in the use of blinds are vital. Even so, we must remind all parents and carers about the dangers of looped blind cords and chains in the home.

It should be part of every parent's household child proofing process. Always check window blinds and cord lengths. This is especially important if you move home or stay somewhere unfamiliar.

Fatal Blind Chords and Chains

Looped blind cords can be fatal. Fit a safety device or make sure they are out of reach for small children.

Window Blind Fatalities Reduced by New Safety Regulations in the United KingdomWindow blind safety devices are inexpensive and easy to apply. You can buy them online or at your local DIY center.

Local Safeguarding Children Boards

Local Safeguarding Children Board are set up by the local council authority in your area. They play a strategic role in protecting children and mobile toddlers.

So what is the main role of the Local Safeguarding Children Board (LSCB?

Your Local Safeguarding Children Board is a multi-agency body. There is a branch set up in every local authority.

Each LSCB has an independent Chair. That means they are not working for social services. Instead, the Chair works closely with the Director of Children's Services.


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