As you childproof your home, don’t forget your window treatments. These seemingly harmless products are a potential hazard for your little ones (and pets too).
cases of child death in the U.S. since 1990 were due to unsafe window coverings.
of those recorded deaths were due to entanglement involving window cords.
children in the U.S. were treated for injuries caused by window treatments between 1990 and 2015.
of reported injuries were with horizontal blind - the biggest culprit AND most common product in homes.
Thanks to collaborative efforts between the window fashions industry and the Window Covering Safety Council, it’s easy to identify problems and discover child-safe window treatment solutions.
Accidents are preventable.
Best for Kids™ requires manufacturers who want to be part of the program to meet stringent criteria and submit appropriate products to a third party testing laboratory recognized by Window Covering Manufacturers Association (WCMA).
To become certified, these products either have no operating cords or inner cords that are not accessible. If accessible inner cords are present in products with no operating cords, they cannot create a hazardous loop or potential wrap-around hazard.
For additional information and repair kits for older window covering products, please visit Window Covering Safety Council
Move cribs, furniture, and toys away from windows with corded coverings.
Check the windows at the places your child visits and plays often:
Ensure windows retrofitted with cord cleats1 or cord tension locks2 are installed properly and out of reach .
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