How To Protect Your Kids from Window Blind Fatal Accidents

November 16, 2015
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Tragically, there have been 571 reported window-covering strangulations since 1986 but what is more alarming is that 49% of total incidents went unreported. In 1 year alone, there were 1,590 reported injuries involving entanglements on window covering cords, according to the CPSC.

The culprit: Horizontal window blinds.

Products involved in Strangulation Accidents

Here are even more harrowing stats from CPSC:

Of patients who were dead on arrival or died in the emergency department:

  • 65% – 5 y/o
  • 35% – 3y/o

A breakdown of hospitalizations:

  • 1 year old- 59%
  • 3 year old – 3%
  • 4 year old – 38%
  • Ages 6 – 8 years old suffered less severe injuries.
Window Covering Safety


What can parents do to help prevent these accidents?
  • Check your window blinds and replace any dangerous cords with cordless
  • Ensure caregivers have child-safe window coverings –  click here
Additional safety tips:
  • Inspect window blinds at home
  • Use cordless window coverings
  • Ensure no accessible cords on the front, side, or back of any blind
  • Cribs should not be placed near to windows as even young kids will climb to reach the cords.
  • If you are not able to change to cordless blinds, always ensure loose cords not accessible to children.

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