Window cord safety : Quick tips for window blind safety
(NC) – In many homes across Canada, there is a hazard you might not have considered: blind cords within reach can strangle or entangle a child. Below are a few quick facts that parents should know regarding the dangers posed by corded window coverings.
• Any cords on a window covering can pose a strangulation hazard.
• Since the beginning of 2003, Health Canada has received reports of 14 fatalities, and 7 potential fatalities, all related to the strangulation hazard of corded window coverings.
• Children and blind cords do not mix. The safest window coverings are ones that have no cords that you can see or touch.
• In homes where children live or visit, replace corded window coverings with ones that are cordless, especially in children's rooms and places where children play.
• Strangulations can happen even when children are in places where parents think they are safe, such as in a crib or in a bedroom. 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.
• If you cannot get rid of external blind cords, make sure the cords are up high and out of reach of children, whether blinds are up or down.
• Always follow manufacturer's installation and use instructions when installing window blinds.
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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