Window covering cords have been identified as one of the products most frequently associated with strangulation of children under 5. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission and the Window Covering Safety Council have joined with major manufacturers, importers and retailers across the United States to warn parents and caregivers about this danger. Entanglement in these cords and strangulation can occur when a child is left alone in a room for only a short period of time. Parents are advised to keep all window covering cords out of the reach of children. Never put a crib or young child’s bed near a window with a dangling cord. And because young children climb, never put a chair, sofa, bench or even a bookcase near such a window. Do not knot or tie the cords together, since this creates a new loop in which a child could become entangled.
There are methods for eliminating the loop in two-corded horizontal blinds, pleated shades and cellular shades. When you purchase new window covering products, you’ll find a warning tag that describes these methods. Or see your local retailer for advice on replacing the existing cords with safety tassels.