Children all over the world have suffered serious injuries and even death from accidents involving cords and drawstrings on their clothes. For example, children have been seriously injured in cases where cords on their clothes have become tangled in playground equipment or in bicycle wheels.
While it is against the law to place unsafe children’s clothes on the market, and there are standards that manufacturers should follow, you should still take care when choosing clothes for children. Take a look at the tips below:
- Avoid cords and drawstrings in young children’s clothes, especially if they trail below the sleeve or hem of the clothing.
- Young children’s clothes should not have cords or drawstrings in the hood or neck area.
- Cords in the hood and neck area should not be elastic.
- Avoid children’s clothes that tie at the front with long belts or sashes.
- Make sure cords at the end of clothes and decorative cords at the bottom hem of trousers are stitched and secured to the inside of the garment.
If you see any products you think are unsafe, let us know who was selling it and where by calling our consumer helpline on 01 402 5555 or lo-call 1890 432 432.