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Health Tip: Keep Kids Away From Corded Blinds and Shades

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Health Tip: Keep Kids Away From Corded Blinds and Shades

If possible, use cordless window covers

(HealthDay News) -- Corded blinds and shades pose significant strangulation hazards for young children. Experts say parents should check every window in the home to make sure the covering doesn't pose a danger.

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission offers these suggestions:

  • Use cordless blinds and shades in your home if children live there or visit.
  • If any blinds and shades do have a cord, make sure a child can't reach it from any direction.
  • Keep cribs, beds and furniture away from windows to prevent children from climbing to reach a cord.
  • Use tension devices to keep any cords or beaded chains taut.