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Cornwall's Nappy Sack Campaign is Rolled Out
8:00am 21st July 2013
A Cornish campaign to stop babies suffocating on nappy sacks is being rolled out across the UK.
It comes after Pirate FM revealed two tots lost their lives in the Duchy.
Across the UK, 12 toddlers have died since 2001.
Camborne mum Michaela will not use the plastic sacks after her 18 month old got caught: "I'd much rather you find something that's small that they can't get into than something that's big that they can. They could choke, they can do anything with it, especially with the straps; they're lethal.
"I just think it's wrong. We just use the handbag that we carry around anyway because they can't get into them. Carrier bags are in a drawer that's locked at my house so they can't get into them."
Now after an awareness programme that was launched by the NHS in Cornwall, RoSPA has released new safety advice.
The accident safety group is handing out thousands of posters and leaflets to GPs surgeries, parent and toddler groups and other family centres.
Its public health advisor Sheila Merrill said: "Parents and carers are generally aware of the risk posed by plastic bags but don't seem to realise that nappy sacks are just ads dangerous.
"Children are naturally inquisitive. They want to touch things and put objects in their mouth, but RoSPA has found that, sadly, this can sometimes end in tragedy where nappy sacks are concerned.
The risk comes after changing or bathing a baby as parents often put nappy sacks down without thinking and it only takes a moment for a baby to grab it and choke."
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