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Basic Window Cord Safety

Children and window cords don’t mix. When window cords are accessible to small children, these seemingly harmless products may become strangulation hazards.

This is especially important with older window coverings that may not meet the latest national standard for window cord safety.

The Window Covering Safety Council is urging parents and caregivers to make the right choice and only use cordless window products in homes where young children are present.

Check your window coverings for exposed or dangling cords, which can pose a strangulation hazard, and retrofit or replace them with today’s safer products.

And remember to always follow these basic window-cord safety rules:

Move all cribs, beds, furniture and toys away from windows and window cords, preferably to another wall

Keep all window cords well out of the reach of children.

Move all cribs, beds, furniture and toys away from windows and window cords, preferably to another wall.

 

Install only cordless window coverings in young children’s bedrooms and sleeping areas. Replace window blinds, corded shades and draperies manufactured before 2001 with today’s safer products

Use only cordless window coverings in homes with infants and young children.  Replace older corded window blinds, shade and draperies with today’s safer products.

 

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

Keep all window cords well out of the reach of children.  Eliminate any dangling cords.

Continuous-loop cords on draperies and vertical blinds should be permanently anchored to the floor or wall. 

Make sure that tasseled pull cords are as short as possible. Check that cord stops are properly installed and adjusted to limit the movement of inner lift cords.

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Clear Cord / Chain Guide "P-Clip"
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Clear Cord / Chain Guide "P-Clip"
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Graber Safety Tassel
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Hunter Douglas Clear Break Away Tassel
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Hunter Douglas Clear Break Away Tassel
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Hunter Douglas Clear Cord Stop Ball & Tassel
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Hunter Douglas cord tensioner
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Hunter Douglas cord tensioner ASPEN WHITE 785
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Hunter Douglas cord tensioner BLACK 048
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Hunter Douglas cord tensioner DARK BEIGE W BLACK LOGO 810
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Hunter Douglas cord tensioner DARK BEIGE W GREY LOGO 180
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Hunter Douglas cord tensioner DARK BROWN 378
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Hunter Douglas cord tensioner DARK BROWN 378
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Hunter Douglas cord tensioner GARDENIA 862
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Hunter Douglas cord tensioner GARDENIA 862
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Hunter Douglas cord tensioner RICH CREAM 320
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Hunter Douglas cord tensioner WHITE TIARA 661
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Hunter Douglas cord tensioner WHITE TIARA 661
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Hunter Douglas KIT 2350 Bracket for Cord Tensioner, Inside Mount or Outside Mount (Bracket only)
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Hunter Douglas KIT 2350 Bracket for Cord Tensioner, Inside Mount or Outside Mount (Bracket only)
Hunter Douglas KIT 2350 Bracket for Cord Tensioner, Inside Mount or Outside Mount (Bracket only) Need the cord tensioner, click this link: http://www.blindparts.com/hunterdouglascordtensionernewerstylewillbesent.aspx
Hunter Douglas Spring Loaded Cord Tensioner for Verticals and Draperies- ASPEN WHITE
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Hunter Douglas Spring Loaded Cord Tensioner for Verticals and Draperies- ASPEN WHITE
Hunter Douglas Spring Loaded Cord Tensioner for Verticals and Draperies
Levolor Mini Blind Cord Tassels
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Levolor Mini Blind Cord Tassels
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U-Shaped Cord Loop Tie Downs
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U-Shaped Cord Loop Tie Downs
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White Cord / Chain Guide "P-Clip"
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White Cord / Chain Guide "P-Clip"
Rollease SafetyHold 3 window shade safety tension device for bead chain or cord loop
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Rollease SafetyHold 3 window shade safety tension device for bead chain or cord loop
Rollease SafetyHold 3 window shade safety tension device for bead chain or cord loop safety

How To Retrofit

Install only cordless window coverings in homes with young children. Parents and caregivers should replace older corded window coverings with today’s safer products.

However, if you prefer to keep your older window treatments, the following instructions will help you retrofit them.

ELIMINATE LOOPED PULL CORDS
(pre-1995 miniblinds and pleated shades)

ELIMINATE LOOPED PULL CORDS diagram

  1. Cut the looped pull cord above the tassel, and remove equalizer buckle (if any).
  2. Insert cord through tassel and tie cord ends to secure the tassel.

INSTALL CORD STOPS
(all pre-2001 horizontal blinds and corded shades)

INSTALL CORD STOPS diagram

  1. Lower the blind to its proper length and lock cords into position at head rail.For each pull cord:
  2. Pinch together a portion of the pull cord to create a loop near the head rail, then slide the cord stop over the loop end.
  3. Slip the free end of the pull cord through the loop to loosely knot the cord stop onto the pull cord.
  4. Tighten the knot to secure the cord stop one to two inches below the head rail to limit movement of inner lift cords.

INSTALL TIE-DOWN DEVICES
INSTALL TIE-DOWN DEVICES diagram(pre-1997 vertical blinds and draperies)

  1. Insert cord or chain into tie-down device.
  2. Attach the tie-down device to the floor or wall so that the cord is fully extended and securely fastened.









Links

U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission

U.S. Dept of Health and Human Services – Maternal & Child Health Bureau

National Safe Kids Campaign

The National Association of Child Care Professionals (NACCP)

Parents.com

Parenting Magazine

Preschoolers Today

Toddlers Today

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