The above script is part of the
American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) radio series 'A Minute for Kids,'
which airs weekdays on WBBM-AM in Chicago, IL.
Since 1991 more than 175 infants and children have died from accidentally strangling in window cords.
Infants placed in cribs near a window could reach out, grab the
dangling pull cord, pull it into the crib and become entangled. Toddlers playing on a bed near a window cord are also at risk of
becoming entangled. If you have window blinds with cords there are
steps you should take to prevent such a tragedy. First, consider buying
cordless window coverings in children’s bedrooms and play areas. If
that’s not possible, move cribs, beds, furniture and toys away from
windows. Always keep window cords out of reach by tying them up high
and out of reach, or anchoring them to the wall. Never tie cords
together – this creates a loop in which a young child could become