The ROYAL Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) has launched a new fitting service for blind cord safety devices in association with Angus Care and Repair.
Using funds donated by businesses at the RoSPA Occupational Health and Safety Awards gala dinners in May 2012, RoSPA Scotland is launching a pilot project to fit cleats to homes in the Angus area.
At least 22 children have tragically died in blind cord accidents in the UK since 1999 - with 11 occurring since the beginning of 2010. RoSPA’s research indicates that most accidental deaths involving blind cords happen in a bedroom and occur in children aged between 16 and 36 months.
RoSPA has been working across Scotland and the UK to raise awareness about the dangers of looped blind cords. More than 130,000 safety packs containing an advice leaflet and a cleat - a small plastic device that is fitted to the side of the window for the operating cord to be wrapped around - have been distributed to families and carers of young children.
A total of 3,000 cleats will be fitted to residences, free of charge, over the next 12 months.
Angus Care and Repair provides home safety and security checks and carries out repairs or adaptations for home owners and tenants.
The service will work with RoSPA to identify families which require assistance with the fitting of the safety device around their homes.
Judith Leslie, company manager at Angus Care and Repair, said: “We are delighted to be able to offer this service to people in Angus. Care and Repair is all about keeping people safe and secure in their own homes.
“The fitting of blind cleats will benefit so many and prevent accidents.
“It is essential in these financially challenging times that we make the most of any preventative equipment and services available to avoid unnecessary and expensive hospital or social care, as well as personal tragedy.”
Councillor Donald Morrison added: “Having blind cleats fitted can help save a young child’s life so I would encourage local residents to contact Angus Care and Repair on 01307 463232 as soon as possible.”