Protect your children from window cords
(NC) – Most of us do whatever we can to make sure that our children are safe in our own homes. We diligently secure and store household chemicals, we examine our child's toys to make sure they are in good working order (and not affected by a recall) and we double-check that baby gates are securely in position, among other things. However, there may be one area that has been overlooked – and that is your home's window coverings.
The fact is that any cords on window coverings can pose a strangulation hazard. This includes operating cords used to raise and lower or tilt the blind, internal cords, or even cords on the back of blinds. Strangulation occurs silently and quickly, and by the time a parent or caregiver checks on the child, it is often too late.
The safest way to protect your child from the dangers of window coverings is to only use ones with no cords that you can see or touch. If this is not an option for your household, never put a crib, bed, highchair, playpen, or any piece of furniture that a child may climb near a window or patio door where there is a blind or curtain cord.
More tips on keeping your child safe from the risks of strangulation by blind cords can be found online at healthycanadians.gc.ca.
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