Did you know that nearly one child a month dies after becoming entangled in a window-covering cord? Considered one of the top hidden dangers in the home, accessible window covering cords pose a deadly strangulation hazard to young children nationwide.
Strangulation deaths and life-altering injuries can occur wherever there is a window covering with an exposed cord. Children can wrap window covering operating cords around their necks or can become entangled in loops formed by cords, some of which are not clearly visible, but are accessible.
- Incidents have involved children up to 9 years of age.
- Strangulation occurs most often in children’s bedrooms and in living rooms, areas generally perceived by caregivers as safe.
- Strangulation happens quickly and silently.
To prevent window covering cord strangulation:
- Use cordless or inaccessible cord window coverings in homes where young children live or visit. Child-safe window blinds and shades are available at most major home retailers.
- Examine all shades and blinds for accessible cords on the front, side and back.
- Do not place cribs, beds and furniture close to the windows.
- Check regularly that cords are out of reach of young children and cannot form loops.