CPSC joins about 24 countries worldwide for an international window covering safety effort to prevent child strangulations associated with accessible window covering cords. Between June 23 and 30, 2016, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) Window Covering Cord Safety Global Awareness Campaign will aim to inform consumers about the hidden hazard posed by accessible cords on window blinds and shades and urge preventative action to stop strangulation deaths and injuries.
Worldwide, more than 800 children have been killed after becoming entangled in a looped cord. Window covering cords and children, particularly those younger than 3 years, can be a deadly mix.
The Hazard Scenario
- Children can strangle when they become entangled in the cord loop at their neck.
- Incidents have involved children up to 9 years of age.
- Strangulation deaths and injuries can occur anywhere in a house where an unsafe corded window covering is installed.
- Strangulation has occurred most often in children’s bedrooms and in living rooms, areas generally perceived by care givers as safe.
- Strangulation happens quickly and silently.
How to Stay Safe At Home
To prevent window covering cord strangulation:
* Use cordless or inaccessible cord window coverings in homes where young children live or visit. Child safe window blinds and shades are available for sale today.
* Examine all shades and blinds for accessible cords on the front, side and back.
* Do not place cribs, beds and furniture close to the windows.
* Check regularly that cords are out of reach of young children and cannot form dangerous loops.
- Czech Republic
- European Commission
- United Kingdom
- United States
Worldwide Window Covering Injury Data and Campaign Efforts