Friday, October 17, 2008
Everyone knows that baby-proofing the house means covering the electrical outlets, padding sharp furniture corners and putting up a pool fence, but something that’s often overlooked is the danger of window cords. I was shocked to learn that, since 1990, more than 200 infants and young children have died from accidentally strangling in window cords (U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission). Many adults are unaware of this potential strangulation hazard.
In response to this tragedy, the Window Covering Safety Council (WCSC) has created SuperBaby -- a brand-new online video series about a superhero who fights to help keep infants and young children safe from the potential hazards that window cords can pose. The WCSC is a non-profit organization and a coalition of major U.S. manufacturers, importers and retailers of window coverings. The organization urges parents and caregivers to only use cordless window products in rooms where young children sleep and play.
SuperBaby is part of the Window Covering Safety Council’s ongoing effort to inform parents and caregivers about the potential hazards of window coverings. For the next several weeks, SuperBaby will appear in new episodes on several popular video channels such as YouTube and Yahoo, as well as the WCSC’s Web site. The videos were filmed in the New York metropolitan area and the animated SuperBaby flies around to new parents’ homes to help keep their children safe. (You can view one of the videos below.)
And while you’re in the process of making the windows in your baby’s room safe, be sure to give this important information to grandparents, daycare providers, and anyone else who watches your child. If you’d like more information about keeping your children safe from window cords, visit www.windowcoverings.org or call the WCSC toll-free phone line at 1-800-506-4636. They also provide free cord-retrofit kits so you can make your current blinds safer, as well as free safety brochures and posters that you can use to educate caregivers and other parents.
Consumer Product Safety Commission, safety, window cords, Window Covering Safety Council, child-proofing, window blinds