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11/22/2012 - West Side Leader
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By Staff Writer

Parents reminded to check window coverings

 

GREATER AKRON — The Window Covering Safety Council (WCSC) is reminding parents and caregivers of potential window-cord dangers and urging them to only use cordless window covering products in homes with young children.

According to the Consumer Products Safety Commission, corded window coverings are one of the top five hidden hazards in American homes, with infants and children dying each year from accidentally strangling in window cords. Some of these incidents involved older products that are still in use but don’t have the safety devices or designs instituted in the past decade, according to WCSC officials.

“Parents who replace their window coverings with cordless products available can feel more confident about their child’s safety,” said WCSC Executive Director Peter Rush.

To maximize window-cord safety when children are present, consumers are urged to follow these safety guidelines:

• Install only cordless window coverings in homes with young children. Replace window blinds, corded 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 that 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, visit www.windowcoverings.org.

 

Maria Lindsay contributed to this report.

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