On average, about eight children, age 12 years and younger, die every year by strangling in a window covering cord. Go cordless to make your window coverings safe for kids. Watch CPSC’s video on how loose or looped window covering cords can strangle young children.
From 2014 to 2019, 46 deaths have been reported to CPSC related to window cord strangulation of infants and young children.
Going cordless is easy. Consumers can buy ready-made window coverings that do not have hazardous cords in stores or order online, if the product complies with current safety standards. When ordering online, make sure the product is described as cordless.
If you are unable to replace your existing window coverings with cordless ones, CPSC recommends that you:
- 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.
Consumers should know that these safety tips do not address ALL the cord hazards associated with many common window coverings.
After December 15, 2018, products that consumers can pick up in a retail store or order online as ready-made will not contain hazardous cords if the product is compliant with the ANSI/WCMA A100.1-2018 standard. Consumers should look for window coverings that comply with the new voluntary standard.
Baby Monitor Cords
Keep ALL cords away from babies, including baby monitor cords
Voluntary Standards Activities
The Safety Guides, Safety Alerts, and Neighborhood Safety Network posters listed below are available to download from CPSC’s website.
Quantities are limited. CPSC Safety Alerts and Neighborhood Safety Network posters are not available to order. If you would like to use these safety publications, they are free to download and print.