NATIONAL WINDOW COVERING SAFETY MONTH
National Window Covering Safety Month is an annual designation observed in October. Sometimes, things we would never even think about pose a big threat to our children. Believe it or not, about 1 child dies every month because of strangulation by a window cord. Keeping kids safe is the most important thing to all parents, and sometimes a threat isn’t very obvious. But think about it; if your baby is crawling on the floor and stumbles upon a dangling cord, it’s easy for that cord to accidentally get wrapped around their neck and pose a big threat. Another risk is putting your child’s crib up against a wall with a window, and the cord dangling into a space where the infant can reach it. The bottom line is, children and window cover cords don’t mix.
HOW TO OBSERVE
Make sure you have safe window coverings and use #WindowCoveringSafetyMonth to post on social media. If at all possible, try to use only cordless window coverings if you have babies or young children. If you do have cords on your window coverings, keep this advice in mind:
- Move all cribs, beds, toys, and furniture away from these cords (to another wall or to the center of the room.)
- Make sure that all tasseled cords are pulled as short as possible.
- Continuous-loop cords on draperies or blinds should be anchored to the floor.
- Make sure cord stops are properly installed and adjusted to limit the movement of the cords.
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The Window Covering Safety Council founded Window Covering Safety Month, and have made it their mission to educate and heighten awareness about this hidden danger.