Disclaimer: I have teamed up with The Window Covering Safety Council in support of this campaign. We received compensation for participation in this campaign. However, all thoughts and opinions are my own.
According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), corded window coverings are one of the top five hidden hazards in American homes, with infants and children dying each year from accidentally strangling in window cords. The Window Covering Safety Council (WCSC) is reminding parents and caregivers of the potential dangers posed by window cords, and is urging them to only use cordless window covering products in homes with young children. Owners and renters alike should replace all corded window coverings in their homes with today’s safer products.
To maximize window cord safety when young children are present, consumers are urged to follow these safety guidelines:
- Install only cordless window coverings in homes with young children. Replace corded blinds, shades and draperies with today’s safer products.
- If you cannot install newer products, order a free window cord retrofit kit from www.windowcoverings.org. The installation of the retrofit kit is not intended to be a substitute for installing cordless products in homes with young children.
- Move all cribs, beds, furniture and toys away from windows and window cords, preferably to another wall.
- Ensure that all window cords are out of sight and reach, and that they are inaccessible to young children.
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