Most homes have them and yet the dangers associated with window blinds are not widely known. As a leading safety hazard for children under 6 years old, there seems to be an oversight in the understanding of how dangerous this everyday fixture in our home, actually is.
The dangers of blind cords peak between one to four years of age as toddlers gain mobility and become 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. While many parents think this won’t happen to them if they just watch their child, most injuries happen while a child is under a parent’s care and has been left alone for the time it takes to boil the kettle.
Tenancy Services is working with Consumer Protection to raise awareness of the deadly combination of loose cords and young children in homes, but here is what you can do to ensure their safety:
For more information visit:https://www.tenancy.govt.nz/maintenance-and-inspections/regular-maintenance/tenantsmaking-changes-to-the-property/