Red Cord Cards

Graphic of a Red Cord Card against a tiled background.

This lifesaving project educates people about the importance of red emergency cords and makes accessible toilets safer. Thanks to the support of individuals and venues across the UK we’ve already given out over 70,000 Red Cord Cards!

What is a Red Cord Card?

Red Cord Cards are pocket-sized splash-proof notices designed to hang on red emergency cords in accessible toilets. They remind everyone of the importance of keeping the cord hanging freely so that it could be reached by someone lying on the ground. 

The text on each card reads: ‘This red emergency cord must hang freely all the way to the floor. If it does not, it may prevent a disabled person from asking for help.’

Our cards are designed to easily slide onto emergency cords without setting off the alarm and are printed in an easy-to-read font.

What is the problem?

Red emergency cords are designed to be a way for someone to safety and easily alert people outside the facilities that their assistance is required. The cord needs to be easy to reach for someone sitting on the toilet or by someone lying on the floor. Far too often red emergency cords are cut too short, tied up or placed out of reach. This means that someone in distress might not be able to use the cord to raise the alarm to ask for assistance.

Sometimes people can be left stuck for extended periods of time without any other way of asking for help.

Where can I get some?

We'd love to send you some Red Cord Cards! You can request some here>>

Image of someone attaching a Red Cord Card to a red emergency cord.

Photo showing someone attaching a Red Cord Card to a red emergency cord.

Did you know...

We've now sent out over 70,000 Red Cord Cards!

In 2015 we translated our first Red Cord Card. We created a Welsh Red Cord Card for the Welsh Assembly!

Red Cord Cards have their own hashtags. Tweet us pictures of your Red Cord Cards in action using #RedCordCard, #RedCordCards or #SetTheCordsFree!