Window Cord Safety Checklist

Window cords pose the risk of strangulation to young children. Here's how to protect your child from this potential danger.

___ Move all cribs, beds, furniture, and toys away from windows and window cords, preferably to another wall.

___ Keep all window pull cords and inner lift cords out of the reach of children.

___ If you have tasseled pull cords, make sure that they are short and out of the reach of children.

___ If you have continuous-loop cords, make sure that they are permanently anchored to the floor or wall, and that cord stops are properly installed and adjusted to limit movement of inner lift cords.

___ Lock cords into position whenever horizontal blinds or shades are lowered, including when they come to rest on a windowsill.

___ Consider installing cordless window coverings in children's bedrooms and play areas.

___ Replace window blinds, corded shades, and draperies manufactured before 2001 with today's safer products or retrofit them with cord-retrofit devices.

___ For a free retrofitting kit, go to the Window Covering Safety Council's Web site at www.windowcovering.org or call 1-800-506-4636.

Source: Window Covering Safety Council

 

Originally published on AmericanBaby.com, December 2005.

All content here, including advice from doctors and other health professionals, should be considered as opinion only. Always seek the direct advice of your own doctor in connection with any questions or issues you may have regarding your own health or the health of others.

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