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11 December 2013

Cords from blinds may strangle kids

Corded blinds and shades pose strangulation hazards for young children.

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Corded blinds and shades pose significant strangulation hazards for young children. Experts say parents should check every window in the home to make sure the covering doesn't pose a danger.

The US Consumer Product Safety Commission offers these suggestions:

  • Use cordless blinds and shades in your home if children live there or visit.
  • If any blinds and shades do have a cord, make sure a child can't reach it from any direction.
  • Keep cribs, beds and furniture away from windows to prevent children from climbing to reach a cord.
  • Use tension devices to keep any cords or beaded chains taut.
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