Protect your Children from Window Cords
The statistics are frightening: since 1990, more than 200 infants and young children have died from accidentally strangling in window cords, according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC).
In an effort to keep young children safe, the Window Covering Safety Council (WCSC) and the CPSC have teamed up to remind parents and caregivers that October is National Window Covering Safety Month. The campaign’s goal is to heighten awareness of the potential strangulation hazards window cords can pose to young children and toddlers.
In recent years, the window covering industry has redesigned its corded products and developed cord-safety standards. However, millions of older corded window coverings have not been retrofitted by consumers and many new parents are sometimes unaware of potential cord dangers.
Window covering safety tips:
- Install only cordless window coverings in homes with young children. Replace window blinds, corded shades and draperies manufactured before 2001 with today’s safer products.
- Keep all window pull cords and inner lift cords out of the reach of children. Make sure that tasseled pull cords are short and continuous-loop cords are permanently anchored to the floor or wall. Make sure 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.
Parents and caregivers are urged to use only cordless window coverings in homes with young children. Consumers may order free Retrofit Kits directly from WCSC.
Your family’s safety is a concern of ours and we want you to be able to choose the best window treatments for your home. For more window covering safety tips and advice, contact the experts at Hirshfield’s – we will help you choose the perfect window coverings that are both stylish and safe.
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