ST. LOUIS (KSDK) - Following Tuesday's accidental strangulation involving a young child with a nylon window cord, the Window Covering Safety Council is issuing a reminder to parents and caregivers urging them to use only cordless window covering products in homes with young children.
Corded window coverings are one of the top five hidden hazards in American homes, according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC).
Incidents of accidental strangulation involve older products that are still in use but don't have the safety devices or designs instituted in the past decade.
"Parents who replace their window coverings with the cordless products available can feel more confident about their child's safety," said Peter Rush, Window Covering Safety Council Executive Director.
WCSC urges consumer to follow these safety guidelines to maximize window-cord safety when young children are present:
• Install only cordless window coverings in homes with young children. Replace window blinds, worded shades and draperies with today's safer products.
• Move all cribs, beds, furniture and toys away from windows and window cords, preferably to another wall.
• Keep all window pull cords and inner lift cords out of the reach of children. Make sure the tasseled pull cords are short and continuous -loop cords are permanently anchored to the floor or wall. Make sure cord stops are properly installed and adjusted to limit movement of inner lift cords.
For more information on window covering safety and to order free retrofit kits please visit www.windowcoverings.org.