October: Window Covering Safety Month
October 17, 2019
Being informed on the numerous dangers associated with window cords is one way that parents and caregivers can help children avoid injury. The National Safety Council (NSC) says that most window cord-related fatalities happen when a child is left alone for less than 10 minutes. Even with a watchful eye, accidents can happen – and they frequently do. For example, a study published in the Pediatrics journal found that two children are treated in hospital emergency departments for window blind or cord-related injuries each day.
A major part of Window Covering Safety Month is to remind parents and caregivers to check all windows for dangling and/or exposed cords, which the CPSC calls “one of the most dangerous hidden hazards in the home.” The agency’s official recommendation is to forgo cords altogether and to go cordless. When going cordless is not possible, please observe the following lifesaving tips:
- Make sure that cords are as short as possible;
- Keep all window cords out of reach of children;
- Eliminate any dangling cords;
- Move cribs, beds, toys, and furniture as far away as possible from window cords;
- Permanently anchor vertical blinds and/or continuous-loop cords on draperies to the floor or wall, and:
- Ensure that cord stops are properly installed and adjusted to limit inner lift cord movement
Going cordless or taking every precaution possible are some of the best ways to prevent deadly cases of window cord strangulation among infants and children. It is also important to know that children between the ages of 1 and 4-years-old face the highest risk for window cord-related injuries. If you would like to learn more about Window Covering Safety Month and child strangulation hazards, please visit: https://www.cpsc.gov/Safety-Education/Safety-Education-Centers/Window-Covering/. If you have questions about an injury your child sustained, please contact a representative at our firm directly.
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