Window Covering Safety: Protecting Children from Strangulation Hazards

Dangerous products can exist everywhere and cause dangerous accidents every day. An example of such is window coverings, which continue to be staple furnishing in millions of American homes. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has identified them as one of the most common hidden hazard in the home. According to a CPSC Safety Alert, the cords meant to adjust window coverings pose particular risks for young children. The report estimates that children between 7 months to 10 years old die from window cord strangulation every month. These alarming cases have prompted over five million recalls for window coverings with faulty or defective designs.

The CPSC recognizes four types of window coverings that pose the most danger for young children. The first are window coverings that use pull cords. Another hazardous type of window covering is those that have bead chains or nylon cords. Roman shades and roll-up blinds can also be dangerous. All these window coverings leave free-standing loops or long cords that could cause strangulation, especially if they are within a child’s reach.

It would be better for parents to opt for cordless window coverings in their homes. They can also follow some safety tips and guidelines prescribed by the CPSC. Avoid placing cribs, beds, chairs, and other furniture near windows with coverings. Second, make sure loose cords are inaccessible by using tension devices that can keep the cords taut.

While parents play an important role from making sure these strangulation hazards are taken care of, product manufacturers also play a crucial part in ensuring the safety of their consumers. Manufacturers can be held accountable for any accidents caused by faulty or defective window coverings through product liability laws.

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