Child Safety for Window Lift Cords
Kids and cords do not mix. Here are some important safety guidelines to follow:
- Move cribs and other furniture children can climb up on to get to windows away from windows, window coverings, etc.
- Keep all cord out of reach of children. Cut cords short or wrap them around a cord cleat.
- Anchor cords for continuous cord loop options.
- Make sure you lock cords on window treatments to prevent them from falling.
- Consider purchasing all cordless treatments for your home.
- Corded window treatments purchased before 2001 should be replaced or retrofitted with cord-repair devices to reduce potential strangulation risks.
- CPSC recommends against knotting or tying the cords together because this creates a new loop in which a child could become entangled.
Check out our new Cordless Window Coverings Safety Tips page for more information on buying the right window coverings for your child's room and home.
The following information provided by the U.S. Consumer of Product Safety Commission
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Consumer Product Safety Alert
FROM THE U.S. CONSUMER PRODUCT SAFETY COMMISSION, WASHINGTON, D.C. 20207
Children Can Strangle in Window Covering Cords
In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), the Window Covering Safety Council (WCSC) announced recalls to repair horizontal window blinds to prevent the risk of strangulation to young children. The recalls involved millions of window blinds with pull cords and inner cords that can form a loop and cause strangulation. From 1991 to 2000, CPSC received reports of 160 strangulations involving cords on window blinds: 140 strangulations involved the outer pull cords, and 20 involved the inner cords that run through the blind slats.