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Child strangulation risk from Venetian blinds

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Venetian blinds should be redesigned to safeguard babies and toddlers from accidentally being strangled to death by the looped cords, according to a paediatrician.

Dr Mahesh Masand, consultant paediatrician at Dr Gray’s Hospital in Elgin, successfully treated a toddler found hanging from the looped cord of a blind, but warns that at least one child dies each year in the UK this way. He said: “There should be a safer way of raising a blind than using a looped cord”.

He recommended that parents take precautions by shortening loops or installing devices that kept loops taut against walls.

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