Cut the Cord on Dangerous Blinds

According to the CPSC, corded window coverings are one of the top five hidden hazards in American homes. Nearly one child a month dies after becoming entangled in a window-covering cord. These incidents have involved children up to 9 years old and happen most often in bedrooms, living rooms, and areas generally perceived as safe spaces.

Use this window safety tips to make your baby's home a safe space:

  • If at all possible, use only non-corded window coverings in homes where infants and young children are present. If you have corded window coverings and can’t replace them with today’s safer products, contact the Window Covering Safety Council at 800-506-4636 or at windowcoverings.org for a free kit to make them safer.
     
  • Examine all shades and blinds for accessible cords on the front, side and back. Eliminate any dangling cords.
     
  • Make sure that tasseled pull cords are as short as possible.
     
  • Move all cribs, beds, furniture and toys away from windows and window cords, preferably to another wall.
     
  • Check that cord stops are properly installed and adjusted to limit the movement of inner lift cords. 
     
  • Continuous-loop cords on draperies and vertical blinds should be permanently anchored to the floor or wall. 

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Sources: 

CPSC.gov

Windowcoverings.org

 

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