Parents and carers are urged to keep cots away from blind, curtain and electrical cords as loose or looped cords can strangle small children.
Tragically, 16 Australian children died between 1999 and 2013 after becoming caught on cords in their cots. Many others have been hospitalised.
Fortunately, there are simple steps you can take when preparing your baby’s sleep area to prevent this hazard.
7 things to remember to keep your baby safe from loose or looped cords:
- Don’t use corded blinds and curtains in nurseries. If this can’t be avoided, move babies’ cots well away from windows and out of reaching distance from windows and blind cords.
- Keep products with electrical cords such as lamps and monitors well away from cots.
- If baby-monitoring or other products are intended to be used with cots, follow installation instructions carefully. Secure any electrical cords out of baby’s reach by firmly tying them to the cot frame, floor or wall.
- It is also important to be vigilant when staying with relatives or in holiday accommodation. On these occasions, space may be limited and the cot might be set up at the last minute in a room that isn’t used as a nursery. Care always needs to be taken to ensure that hazards are not in the vicinity of the cot even for short periods of time.
- For peace of mind, secure all blind and window cords throughout the house with tie-downs and tension devices from hardware or window furnishing stores.
- And don’t forget the blinds used on outdoor patios.