- At least 25 children in Britain have been strangled to death by cord blinds since 1999
- 12 of those deaths have occurred in the past three years
- It takes just 20 seconds for a child to be killed by a blind cord
Hearing my four-year-old son’s cry from the next room, I assumed he had fallen out with his playmate over a toy, or their favorite spot on the sofa, where I’d last seen them sitting together, watching TV. But as I stood up to investigate, Christian stumbled into the room, tears streaming down his face, hands clutching his neck.
My friend, whose home we were visiting last Friday evening, gently steered Christian towards me and, as he stretched out his arms, I spotted an angry red mark circling his neck.In the sickening seconds which followed, I learned that Christian and his friend had been jumping off the windowsill when a loop, which had formed in a venetian blind cord, caught around my son’s neck, leaving him hanging and unable to free himself.