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Things To Do Before I Turn 50

  (also known as my "TA-DA" list as opposed to a "to do" list) It was my 49th birthday a few days ago and this got me thinking. Any birthday that ends with a zero always feels a bit like milestone or a landmark and, when I hit the big "five-o" in 2022, I don't want huge parties or celebrations but I would like to have ticked a few things off my low-effort bucket list.   I see these things as a way to improve my mental and physical health, plus a few slightly off-the-wall experiences that would make for great memories.  Start running again and include the following: Lead a C25K group again  Participate in parkrun EVERY week where possible  < ongoing (now parkrun Run Director too) Visit local landmarks whilst running  Train for a long race - building up from 5k > 10k > 10 miles > half marathon, with a couple of longer trail races mixed in  Lose a lot bit of weight Post more on Instagram or give the blog a bit of a reboot < ongoing Look at

Six Simple Steps To Window Blind Safety

Not so long ago I took part in a survey which centered around child safety and window blinds with emphasis on the strangulation risks from the cords.  I offered my thoughts and then put it to the back of my mind because we have frosted windows and net curtains here (it's a Northern thing...).  And then I saw this article about the death of a 17-month old child who was hanged by a window blind cord.

I remembered about some safety information supplied by the people who ran the survey - Apollo Blinds - and think that it's appropriate to raise awareness here (especially with more and more parents fitting blackout blinds in children's bedrooms).

Six Simple Steps To Safety

    Cord cleat for blinds, safety awarenessP-clip for blinds, safety awareness
  1. Do a quick check in your home.  Are any looped window blind cords dangling untethered?  Even if they are high up they need to be tied back.  Children can and will climb up!
  2. Select the best type of safety device for your blinds.  Cord cleats can be used for roman and venetian cords whilst P-clips are great for vertical chains.
  3. If you are unsure, ask!  Maybe go back to the company that fitted the blinds or ask at your local DIY store.
  4. Fit the cleat or clip in the best place to secure the cord.  
  5. Wrap the excess cord around the cleat hook or secure the chain/cord into the clip.
  6. Make sure everyone who uses the blinds secures the cord.

The two clips featured are the cheapest way to make blinds safe but there are other products available, including operating wands and cordless blinds.  There are also some that are operated with a remote control and don't need cords at all!

If you have window blinds, make sure they are safe as well as pretty and practical

This is not a commercial post. I have shared the information because I think it's important and relevant.