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Cords from blinds and curtains can be dangerous to babies and young children.
More than 20 deaths from children strangling on cords from blinds and curtains have been reported to Health Canada since 1989. Most of these children were under the age of 3.
The cords from blinds and curtains present 2 main strangulation hazards:
Whether blinds or curtains are new or old, do not leave cords hanging.
Keep the cords high and out of the reach of children.
Remove the loop in the cord by cutting the cord in half. Then, put plastic tassels or a break-away device at the end of the cords.
For vertical blinds install tie-downs. You can buy these devices at hardware or department stores. When installing tie-downs, follow the manufacturer's instructions that come with the product. Make sure that the tie-down device is securely attached to the wall beside the window.
Wrap the cord around a cleat or 2 nails or screws that you have attached to the wall near the top of the blinds or curtains, high and out of the reach of children.
Use a clip, clothes pin, or a big twist tie to keep the cord high and out of the reach of children.
For more information contact Product Safety, Health Canada, at:
Vancouver, British Columbia
Quebec City, Quebec
Moncton, New Brunswick
Halifax, Nova Scotia
St. John's, Newfoundland