Remember window cord safety when little ones visit
(NC) – When little ones come to visit – whether they are our grandchildren, nieces, nephews, or friends – we want to make sure our home is safe. We check for potential hazards, and put the precious breakables out of reach. However, one area we almost never think about is the risk posed by our window blinds.
Any cords on a window covering can pose a strangulation hazard. This includes operating cords used to raise and lower or tilt the blind, and cords which are internal, or cords on the back of the blinds. Strangulation occurs silently and quickly, and by the time a parent or caregiver checks on the child, it is often too late. Strangulations can happen even when children are in places where parents think they are safe, such as in a crib or in a bedroom. Children aged 12 months to 36 months old are most at risk of strangulation.
In homes where children live or visit, the safest window coverings are cordless. If you can, change the window coverings in your home to cordless blinds. If you cannot replace your corded window coverings, always make sure the cords are up high and out of reach of children, whether the blinds are up or down. Never put a crib, bed, high chair, or playpen near a window or a patio door where a child can reach a blind cord. When possible, move sofas, chairs, tables, shelves or bookcases away from windows to help prevent children from climbing up to reach the blind 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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