Window Cord Safety
Window cords can pose a potential strangulation hazard to young children. According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, corded window coverings are among the top five hidden hazards in American homes. Check your window coverings for exposed or dangling cords and retrofit or replace them with today’s safer products. Safety experts recommend using only cordless window coverings in homes with young children.
CORD SAFETY GUIDELINES
The Window Covering Safety Council urges parents and caregivers to check all windows for potential cord hazards and make the necessary safety updates:
Install only cordless window coverings in bedrooms and sleeping areas for young children.
Replace window blinds, corded shades, and draperies manufactured before 2001 with products that meet updated safety standards.
If replacement is not possible, repair window blinds, corded shades, and draperies manufactured before 2001 with retrofit cord kits, available by emailing windowcoverings.org or calling 1-800-506-4636.
Move all cribs, beds, furniture, and toys away from windows and cords. Keep all window pull cords and inner lift cords out of children's reach. Make sure that tasseled pull cords are short and continuous-loop cords are permanently anchored to the floor or wall. Cord stops must be properly installed and adjusted to limit the movement of inner lift cords.
Lock cords into position whenever horizontal blinds or shades are lowered, including when they come to rest on a window sill.