One mum has taken to Facebook to warn parents of the dangers of blind cords, in the hopes that she can save other families from the terrible incident her son suffered.
US mum Arika Hernandez’s three-year-old son was playing on the top bunk bed in his room when he wrapped a blind cord around his neck thinking it would make a nice necklace.
The mum shared on Facebook:
“I have gone back and forth about posting this or not posting this but I believe if this post saves one child’s life it’s worth being vulnerable.
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“Our sweet 3 year old boy is a survivor. On January 7th our son climbed up to the top bunk bed and wrapped the blind cords around his neck.
“He then began to walk down the ladder as the cords tightened he panicked and tried to yell for mom and dad but nothing came out.
“He scratched at the cords to loosen them but all he could grab was skin. At the last attempt to get free he jumped to come get us and that very jump saved his life!
“The cord snapped and freed him! We heard a loud thud (his jump) and then his loud scream! This was not just any scream it is one I have never heard in my life and it will forever be ringing in my ears.
“We took him to get checked out in the ER and they were very concerned and shocked. These blind cords are not meant to break. We are counting our blessings! God has big plans for our little boy, it was not his time to go.
“Please please please take my message and take action now!!
“Editing: NO CORDED BLINDS ARE SAFE! They now sell cordless blinds and they are worth every penny. Even if you cut the cords once the blinds are lifted up it creates a hazard. The cords can not be cut short to make them safer… there are still inner cords and if the cord is pulled so the blinds go all the way up, that pull cord will then be long enough to make a loop & strangle a child.
“My heart goes out the families that have lost their loved ones this way I am so sorry for that heart ache and can’t imagine the pain you have gone through. These accidents can be prevented let’s take action now!
“You can never be too safe in your own home. This is something I didn’t think my kids would do because I am constantly nagging them about not putting things around their neck. Kids will be kids and they explore, my son told me he was making a necklace and that’s why it was around his neck.
“Please help me save the next kid and share this message. Most importantly hug the people that mean the most to you. Be grateful you have another beautiful day with them.”
Her post has attracted over 66,000 shares and 740+ comments.
Did you know? (ACCC Statistics)
- 1-2 Australian children die each year after being strangled by blind or curtain cords
- Between 2001-2008, there were at least 11 deaths in Australia. Nine of these were of children under three years of age
- In the US, a child aged between 7 months and 10 years dies each month after being strangled on curtain and blind cords.
- Click here to learn about the mandatory standards for blinds and curtains in Australia
Read more – Hazard in the home: Blind cords
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