BRUMBY GOVERNMENT AND KIDSAFE JOIN FORCES ON CURTAIN AND BLIND SAFETY

BRUMBY GOVERNMENT AND KIDSAFE JOIN FORCES ON CURTAIN AND BLIND SAFETY

Posted on 16. Jun, 2010 in Victoria

The Brumby Labor Government and Kidsafe are joining forces to get more free blind and curtain safety kits into Victorian homes to keep dangerous cords out of the way of babies and small children.

At Blackburn North’s New Hope Church playgroup today, Consumer Affairs Minister Tony Robinson said partnering with Kidsafe would raise awareness of the potential dangers of exposed curtain and blind cords to babies and toddlers and promote the free safety kits.

“The Brumby Labor Government is taking action to protect the health and wellbeing of Victorian children by providing families with the resources they need to keep their kids safe,” he said.

“Babies and small children can get dangerously tangled in exposed loops and long blind and curtain cords. 

“Tragically, two Victorian children died last year after being choked by blind or curtain cords and more children have been admitted to hospitals with serious injuries after becoming tangled in cords.

“I strongly encourage all Victorians to install the Government’s safety kit to keep dangerous loops and long cords of harms’ way.”

Mr Robinson said the Brumby Labor Government enacted a mandatory safety standard in 2008 so all new blinds and curtains come with an essential safety device to prevent babies and toddlers getting tangled in cords. 

“By offering a free safety kit to all Victorians, families with older blinds and curtains can also make their homes more safe and protect their kids from harm,” he said.

“It doesn’t take much to make your blinds and curtains safe and you may save a child’s life by taking a little extra care.”

President of Kidsafe Victoria Dr Mark Stokes thanked the Brumby Government for its support of this important safety issue.

“The campaign has been well accepted by parents and community organisations alike, and has created a major awareness of this dangerous and deadly hazard in the home,” Dr Stokes said.

Mr Robinson said more than 17,000 Victorian households had already ordered the free cord safety kits, since the public awareness campaign was officially launched in January this year.

The safety kit contains a device that tensions looped cords to a window frame so they are no longer loose, reducing the potential for injury.

Safety kits can be ordered from Consumer Affairs Victoria by calling 1300 55 81 81

For further information on Kidsafe Victoria go to: http://www.kidsafevic.com.au/

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