Choking & Strangulation

STRANGULATION RISKS: WINDOW CORDS AND OTHER STRINGS

Grown ups know the tricky ways of cords and strings. We know that no headphone cord will remain untangled for long, how to use window pulls, and not to sleep in our necklaces. Even if it all seems so obvious to us, it’s surprising the ways children can get tangled up. The article below will help you take care of the dangers before your child discovers them.

STEPS TO SAFETY

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  • MAKE WINDOW COVERINGS SAFE

    • If at all possible, use window coverings without cords. This is safest when you have young children in the home. 
    • For window coverings with separate cords (to adjust your curtains and blinds) or a cord that loops, follow these tips:
      • Snip the cord to get rid of a dangerous loop that can cause strangulation. 
      • Use a cord shortener to keep the cords up high and out of a child’s reach. 
      • Tuck all cords near the top of the windows, and check them when your child is in the room to make sure they haven't fallen.
    • Make sure all cribs, beds, furniture and toys are placed away from window coverings. This can help prevent children from climbing to grab cords that would otherwise be out of their reach. 
    • Learn how to easily retrofit your window cords from the Window Covering Safety Council.
  • WATCH OUT FOR OTHER STRINGS

    • Never tie strings to a pacifier or toy, and make sure that none of your child’s toys have cords or strings longer than 12 inches. For more on toy safety, go here.
    • Be sure to remove necklaces, purses, scarves, bibs, or clothing with drawstrings when your child is playing or sleeping. Also, do not allow young children to use drawstring bags as backpacks. 
    • Avoid the decorative posts (finials) on the corners of beds, as your child’s clothing or toys can get caught on or wrap around them. 
    • The most common cause of playground-related deaths is strangulation from clothing, strings or ropes. Do not allow children to add these things to playground equipment.

Did You Know?


About once a month a child dies from window cord strangulation.

- U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission



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