Nappy sacks 'should carry death warnings'

From BBC - December 5, 2017

Retailers are being asked to put warning signs on packs of nappy sacks about the dangers of suffocation.

The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (Rospa) says it is aware of at least 17 baby deaths, including the tragic case of Maison Amison who died aged seven months in 2013.

Plastic bag nappy sacks are not required by law to have safety holes.

They should be kept out of reach of children, says Rospa.

Suffocation can take place either because the child places a bag over their head, or because the plastic is flexible enough to form an airtight seal around their nose and mouth.

Nappy sacks can be brightly coloured and make a rustling sound, so babies can find them attractive to grab. They are made of thin plastic, which easily covers the face and can be sucked down the airways.

Being extremely light and flimsy, they can easily be blown off a surface and come within the reach of a child, says Rospa.

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