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Turniphead1 Mon 27-Jun-11 20:57:32

...that her two young kids about 6 and 4 were in the front bay window playing with the very long blind cords. And that one of the cords was wrapped around the body of the youngest.

I did hesitate - and peered in to check there was no adult in the room. But then I thought f*ck it - if something happened to one of the girls, I'd never forgive myself.

I don't know them (although bizarrely she rents this house - and we used to live there 3 years ago). It took her ages to come to the door (but then I would often leave kids of that age in a room playing whilst I was in the kitchen or whatever).

She was a bit off - but then she did go and move all the end of the cords and put them up out of reach. I am very relaxed on many health and safety issues - but for some reason cords etc scares the bejesus out of me.

A friend of mine said I shouldn't have interfered.

DoingTheBestICan Mon 27-Jun-11 20:58:28

You did the right thing,best to be safe than sorry.

OveranxiousUnderated Mon 27-Jun-11 20:58:50

No you totally did the right thing. Like you say - you'd never forgive yourself. A 2 year old girl not far from here died last year because she strangled herself on the very same thing. Awful. sad

worraliberty Mon 27-Jun-11 20:59:03


NoCarbsBeforeMarbs Mon 27-Jun-11 20:59:17

I think you did the right thing too.

tutu100 Mon 27-Jun-11 20:59:21

I think you did the right thing. If I was your neighbour I'd be pleased that you'd bought it to my attention (although probably cross with myself for not thinking of it sooner).

Well done for having the balls to do it. As you say if something had happened to one of them you would always have been thinking if only.

izzywhizzyletsgetbusy Mon 27-Jun-11 21:01:12

Well done you, but what a shame that there are still parents of young children who haven't woken up to the dangers of corded blinds.

ohhappyday Mon 27-Jun-11 21:11:28

You definitely did the right thing. I detest those cords. This would frighten the life out of me I am forever moaning at my family about the same thing. Don't worry smile

Turniphead1 Mon 27-Jun-11 21:14:05

I know - I have those cleat thingies and wrap the cords onto them high up out of reach. But when I saw the littlest one - I couldn't believe how well entwined she was in it.

Don't feel like such a nosey neighbour. I wasn't snotty about it - and apologised for bothering her...

smokinaces Mon 27-Jun-11 21:29:08

YANBU. If my boys were doing something like dangerous out of my sight (no blind cords so wouldnt be that!) then I would like someone to tell me! Mine are 3 and 4 and often upstairs/downstairs playing alone. You try and make things as safe as possible, but things can happen after all./

skybluepearl Mon 27-Jun-11 21:58:19

i'd be really happy if you knocked on my door to let me know.

redwineformethanks Mon 27-Jun-11 22:10:47

If she was off with you, it's probably because she was embarrassed.

Nowtspecial Mon 27-Jun-11 22:23:58

Your friend is an idiot. I would have knocked if it had been cats playing with cords let alone children.

lettinggo Mon 27-Jun-11 22:25:01

YANBU. You can live with her thinking you're a bit of a nutjob but you couldn't live with yourself if something happened and you had thought to say it and didn't for fear of being thought a nutjob.

KilledBill Mon 27-Jun-11 22:25:32

People without children should be careful to - I had to mention it to a family member when I spotted their cat getting caught up in some after sitting on the window ledge.

I think you did the right thing.

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