Maldon: Mum welcomes imminent new safety guidelines after daughter's death (From Maldon and Burnham Standard)
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Maldon: Mum welcomes imminent new safety guidelines after daughter's death
3:00pm Sunday 20th October 2013 in Local News
A mum whose daughter died after a horrific accident at home is delighted tight new regulations on looped blind cords will soon come into force.
Joy Edwards’ 17-month-old daughter Leah died after getting her neck caught in a blind cord while at home in Ash Grove, Heybridge, in October 2010.
Since her death, the mother-of-three has been campaigning tirelessly alongside the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) to make other parents aware of the risks blind cords pose, as well as pressing for tighter regulations for manufacturers.
And the hard work appears to have paid off, with a new EU directive expected to be in place by February at the latest.
The new standards will stipulate that blinds must come with a built-in safety device and explicit safety warning.
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