FAMILIES in Bearsden and Milngavie are being urged to apply for free blind cord safety packs before the end of a campaign to cut the risk of toddlers being accidentally strangled.
With just weeks to go before the Make it Safe scheme finishes, parents and carers are being encouraged to request potentially life-saving kits, consisting of a cleat (around which looped cords can be tied), fixing instructions, a safety leaflet and a warning tag.
The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) venture, which started in June, has the backing of East Dunbartonshire Council. The campaign finishes at the end of September.
Since 1999, there have been at least 17 blind cord deaths (five in 2010) in the UK. RoSPA suspects that there have been very many more near-misses.
Research indicates that deaths happen in a bedroom, involving children aged between 16 and 36 months.
Jennifer Henderson, RoSPA home safety officer, said: “The initiative in East Dunbartonshire has the potential to do phenomenally well, with thousands of free safety kits still to be given away.
“Even though the council has helped to distribute quite a few packs already, we want to keep handing out as many as we can right up until the final whistle.
“As such, I’d urge parents and carers in East Dunbartonshire to request a pack now, before the scheme concludes.”
An EDC trading standards spokesman said: “We think it’s really important that these potentially life-saving packs are being distributed to homes in our area.
“As such, we’d urge as many people as possible to contact us for their free pack as soon as they can.”
To claim your free Make it Safe pack, e-mail Abigail.Boulstridge@eastdunbarton.gov.uk or call 0141 5745772.
For more information about the dangers of looped blind cords visit www.rospa.com/about/currentcampaigns/blindcords