October is National Window Covering Safety Month — making it the perfect opportunity for Macaroni KID to share the incredibly important messages and tips from the Window Covering Safety Council. This group is dedicated to educating parents and caregivers about the potential strangulation risks of window covering cords.
It's a really important message to share because infants and young children are killed and injured every year in the United States by window cords. In fact, the danger is so real that the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission has identified window coverings with cords as one of the top hidden hazards in the home.
Join us in pledging to make October the month that you check for exposed or dangling cords on window coverings in your home and replace them with a cordless product. You may avert a tragedy you didn't know could happen. Moving forward? Install only cordless window coverings or those with inaccessible cords in homes with young children.
Also, when buying window coverings, look for products marked with the Best for Kids™ certification label. Best for Kids products are available at all major US retailers.
Here are five other tips from the Window Covering Safety Council:
- Move all cribs, beds, furniture and toys away from windows and window covering cords, preferably to another wall.
- Make sure that tasseled pull cords, if present are as short as possible.
- Continuous-loop cords with tension devices should be permanently anchored to the floor or wall.
- Keep all window covering cords well out of the reach of children. Eliminate any dangling cords.
- Check that cord stops are properly installed and adjusted to limit the movement of inner lift cords.