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The Childproofing Step You’re Missing

It’s easy to overlook your window coverings when childproofing your home. Investing in cordless products can help keep your baby safe from these inconspicuous hazards.

Parents are often aware of the obvious babyproofing checklist items — baby gates, electrical outlet covers, cabinet locks, sharp furniture corners, etc. However, there are “hidden” hazards around the home, such as corded window coverings, which hide in plain sight and should be on everyone’s list of items to child proof.

A serious hazard

A serious accident can take only seconds. Corded window coverings are a strangulation hazard as infants and young children can accidentally become entangled in the cords. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, the window covering industry and consumer safety advocates all agree that only cordless window coverings or those with inaccessible cords should be used in homes with young children.

What can you do?

Replace corded window products with cordless products, such as those marked with the “Best for Kids” label certification, which are available at major retailers across the U.S. in a variety of colors and styles to fit any room. The Best for Kids™ certification program makes it easy for parents and caregivers to make the right choice to help them identify the window covering products that are best suited for homes with young children. For more information on window cord safety in the home, visit www.windowcoverings.org.

SOURCE: The Window Safety Council, [email protected]

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