Children have strangled to death on the cords of window blinds, shades, draperies and other window coverings, and this can happen in mere moments, even with an adult nearby. The safest option when young children are present is to go cordless.
Window cord strangulation is often silent, so parents or caregivers nearby may not realize that a tragedy is happening.
If you are unable to replace existing window coverings with cordless ones, CPSC recommends the following safety steps:
- Eliminate any dangling cords by making the pull cords as short as possible.
- Keep all window covering cords out of the reach of children.
- Ensure that cord stops are installed properly and adjusted to limit the movement of inner lift cords.
- Anchor to the floor or wall continuous-loop cords for draperies and blinds.
- Move all cribs, beds, furniture and toys away from windows and window covering cords, preferably to another wall.
Window Covering Cords Deadly Hazards – Safety Alert Microsoft Word - 5009a (cpsc.gov)
Baby Monitor Cords
Keep ALL cords away from babies, including baby monitor cords
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