ALBANY, NY (NEWS10) – October is National Window Covering Safety Month. The New York State Consumer Protection Department warns families to buy window coverings without cords to avoid injuring young children.
“Strangulation from the string of a window treatment can happen in no time,” said New York Secretary of State Rossana Rosado.
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The Consumer Product Safety Commission found that an average of nine children per year die from strangulation from window treatment cords. Between 2009 and 2020, another 200 children were seriously injured.
In December 2018, the window treatment industry agreed to phase out window treatments with cords. For this reason, warehouse window covers sold in stores or online should be cordless or free of accessible cables to meet the revised safety standards.
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If a wired window replacement is not possible, the division recommends the following safety measures:
- Secure the pull cords beyond a child’s reach with a cord clamp or wall mount. Placing a pull cord on a piece of furniture or wrapping it around a window covering can cause the pull cord to loosen and dangle within a child’s reach.
- If any part of the cord has a loop or plastic connector, cut the end and remove the connector to ensure the pull cord ends don’t become an accidental strangulation hazard.
- Install rope stoppers and make sure they are properly installed to limit the length of the inner lifting rope that can be pulled out.
- Move everything kids play with away from window coverings and pull on the strings, including all cribs, beds, furniture, and toys.
For more information on how to keep window cords out of the reach of children, see the Window Covering Safety Council website.