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:
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 are available in home and hardware stores across Canada.
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.
If you cannot replace your corded window coverings, you can reduce the risk of serious injury by keeping cords up high and out of the reach of children.
Until you can replace corded window coverings, make sure to:
Never tie knots in cords. Immediately untie any knots that form accidentally. Remove any devices that form dangling loops, whether at the bottom, middle, or top of the cords.