Just last month in Maryland, an 18-month-old baby was strangled in his crib by the cord of the blinds that hung in his bedroom.
He was purple when officers arrived and was declared dead on arrival at the hospital.
Earlier this year in Britain, two children -- an 16-month-old girl and a 3-year-old boy -- were strangled by cord blinds in two separate accidents just days apart.
They are gruesome and heartbreaking cases, but also important examples of the dangers hanging from windows in homes around the world.
Although manufacturers have made changes to new models that greatly improve safety, there are still plenty of dangers lurking in older homes, apartments, and in the residences of friends and family who haven't remodeled in awhile.
October is National Window Covering Safety Month, which is a great time to review some important reminders about window safety. Here are some tips from the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC):
- Examine all shades and blinds in the home. CPSC recommends the use of cordless window coverings in all homes where children live or visit. Make sure there are no accessible cords on the front, side, or back of the product.
- Do not place cribs, beds, and furniture close to the windows because children can climb on them and gain access to the cords.
- Make loose cords inaccessible.
- If the window shade has looped bead chains or nylon cords, install tension devices to keep the cord taut.
There are so many things that can harm our children that we can't control. But when it comes to window safety, we can prevent accidents from happening if only we take the time to check our windows, secure the cords, or invest in new window coverings altogether if necessary.
What have you done to ensure your window coverings are safe?
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