A Scottish MP has demanded action to ban looped cords on curtains and blinds after two young children died in almost identical accidents just five days apart.A terrible tragedy, yes. But noy unknown, if children are left alone in rooms containing these types of blinds.
Gordon Banks, MP for Ochil and South Perthshire, has been campaigning to improve safety since the death of Muireann McLaughlin, a two-year-old from Menstrie, Clackmannanshire who was hanged by the cord of a window blind two years ago.Why is a ban always the first thing these people reach for? And what's going to happen when unattended children continue to hang or strangle themselves on other things?
A call for a ban on those too? Perhaps we should simply ban all cords, string, rope everywhere.
At least he only wants them banned in the UK. Some people have bigger ambitions:
Harrison's father Scott Joyce, 37, has set up a campaign called Harrison's Law, which is aimed at banning the manufacture of looped blind cords worldwide.*sigh*