#SummerSafety campaign launched today

A HOME safety initiative is reminding parents of under 5s of the dangers that blind cords can pose to their children.

The warning comes after an inquest heard at the end of last month how a two-year-old tragically died after being strangled by a blind cord in her bedroom.

Macy Fletcher’s death, at the start of this year, is one of the 29 toddler deaths connected to blind cords since 1999 – according to accident statistics.

A regulation change in 2014 states that all blinds sold and installed must have the cords attached to the wall; have a chain break feature or a wand-style device to open and close them.

But as part of Buy Wise Be Safe’s Summer Safety campaign it hopes to promote best practice advice that should save lives and prevent under 5s from being seriously injured.

Launching on Monday July 15th, #SummerSafety will address the many risks that can be found in the home during summer and from travelling to attractions like the beach. During the week-long campaign, parents and carers of under 5s will be reminded of the steps they can take to  help keep their kids safe.

Stuart Radnedge, spokesman for Buy Wise Be Safe, said: “Blind cords are unforgiving if a young child becomes tangled in one. It’s why the regulations were introduced in 2014. But how many people know about it?

“Security devices can be purchased and installed cost-effectively, which should prevent accidents from happening. But there are do’s and don’ts for this risk to under 5s wellbeing, and all the others around the home, which can be followed very easily.

“Make safety your choice this summer.”

Visit www.buywisebesafe.org.uk for all the advice on #SummerSafety and to gain other safety tips.

To follow the campaign on social media please visit www.facebook.com/buywisebesafe or www.twitter.com/buywisebesafe

Asda recalls Buzz Lightyear Costume

Disney Buzz Lightyear Sound Effect Costume

What’s happened?

The Disney Buzz Lightyear Sound Effect Costumes do not carry the appropriate hazard warning label on the product. This outfit is not suitable for younger children under 36 months due to the potential of the attached cord on the wings presenting a strangulation hazard.

What you should do?

If you have purchased a Disney Buzz Lightyear Sound Effect Costume, please return it to your nearest store where you will be given a full refund. You do not need your receipt.

An ASDA spokesman said, “We are very sorry for any inconvenience caused. If you would like any further information please contact Asda Customer Relations – 0800 952 0101

IKEA bat cape recalled due to strangulation risk

IKEA urges its customers who have a LATTJO bat cape to immediately stop children from playing with it and to bring it back to any IKEA store for a full refund.

IKEA is recalling LATTJO bat capes after reports emerged of about three children that have received marks and scratches on the neck while using LATTJO bat capes. The cape got stuck and didn’t detach easily enough from the children’s necks.

No injuries which required medical treatment have been reported, but due to the risk of strangulation or injuries to the neck, IKEA has taken precautionary measures and recalls the product.

LATTJO bat capes have been sold in all IKEA markets except Russia and Indonesia since November 2015.

The LATTJO bat cape can be returned to any IKEA store for a full refund. Proof of purchase (receipt) is not required.

For more information, please contact IKEA on 0203 645 0010.