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Window Blind and Curtain Cords Can Strangle Children

In Canada between 1989 and 2006, 24 children have died from being strangled by window blind or curtain cords. Most of these children were under 3 years old.

Plan ahead. Children grow fast — make sure you’re ready for what your child can reach. When babies can sit or pull themselves up, they can reach things that might hurt them. Children can get the cords from blinds and wrap them around their necks. It is important to:

  • Keep cribs, beds, playpens and highchairs away from window blind and curtain cords
  • Cut blind cords short and tie them so a child can’t reach them
  • Use cordless window coverings like roller blinds, or curtains without cords

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