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Global Awareness Campaign – Window Covering Cord Safety

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.

 

Participating Jurisdictions:

  1. Australia
  2. Belgium
  3. Brazil
  4. Canada
  5. Chile
  6. Colombia
  7. Croatia
  8. Cyprus
  9. Czech Republic
  10. European Commission
  11. Finland
  12. France
  13. Iceland
  14. Israel
  15. Japan
  16. Korea
  17. Latvia
  18. Malta
  19. Mexico
  20. Peru
  21. Portugal
  22. Switzerland
  23. Turkey
  24. United Kingdom
  25. United States

 

Worldwide Window Covering Injury Data and Campaign Efforts

Country

Injury Data

Links

 

Australia

 21 Deaths since 2001

Product Safety Australia - Blinds & Curtains

Belgium

No incidents reported

 

Brazil

540 Deaths between 2000 and 2013

 

Canada

40 Deaths, 29 Non-Fatal Incidents since 1986

Government of Canada - Blind Cord Safety

Chile

1 Death in 2015

 

Columbia

No incident data available.

Republic of Columbia Trade and Industry - Blind Safety

France

1 Death, 3 Non-Fatal Incidents between 2004 and 2014

 

Iceland

1 Non-Fatal Incident

 

Israel

1 Death

 

Japan

3 Deaths, 6 Non-Fatal  Incidents between 2011 and 2015

 

Korea

1 Death, 5 Non-Fatal Incidents

 

Switzerland

No incidents reported

 

Turkey

1 Death

 

United States

184 Deaths, 101 Non-Fatal Incidents between 1996 and 2012

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