One child dies every month by strangling in a window covering cord. Make your window coverings safe for kids
From 2012 to 2017, there have been 50 fatalities reported to CPSC that were related to window cord strangulation among infants and young children.
CPSC recommends that you replace corded window coverings with cordless ones to prevent this deadly hazard.
If you are unable to switch to cordless window coverings, follow these safety tips:
- Move all cribs, beds, furniture and toys away from windows and window cords, preferably to another wall.
- Make sure that tasseled pull cords are as short as possible.
- Keep all window cords well out of the reach of children. Eliminate any dangling cords.
- 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.
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.