Did you know that ordinary household items such as window coverings can cause serious injuries to children? If your window coverings have cords, your children are at risk of strangulation and even death. Good news: keeping your children safe is as easy as removing corded window coverings from your windows.
Children can become entangled in corded window coverings such as blinds. This can quickly lead to strangulation and even death. There have been many reports of strangulation deaths and near-fatal incidents caused by blind cords. Strangulation can occur when children:
- Place their heads through a cord loop
- Wrap a single long cord around their neck
- Pull inner cords out of the window covering, creating a strangulation hazard
Reduce Your Risk – Go Cordless!
Children and corded window coverings don’t mix. Any type of cord, such as cords on the side, inside or back of the window covering is a strangulation risk for children. The safest window coverings are ones without cords that you can see or touch. Removing corded window coverings is the best way to keep your children safe. Cordless window covering options such as motorized shades are very popular.
If you’re unable to remove corded window coverings throughout your household, focus on removing them from your child’s bedroom and other rooms where they play.