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Window Blind Cords


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 entangled. 


​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.
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