Doctors are warning parents of toddlers and young children that cords connected
to household blinds have been found to be a potentially deadly threat
to unsupervised children. Studies are revealing that young children between
the ages of 16 and 36 months are at a high risk of accidental strangulation
by window blind cords and doctors feel that parents should be more careful
when allowing their children near such windows.
However mysterious their fascination is to strings, children at young ages
are particularly drawn to the cords that hang from the blinds of windows
and doors around the house. Doctors who have encountered children with
such injuries caused by cords explain that the risk these cords pose can
be deadly. Children between the ages indicated above tend to have large
heads in relation to the rest of their body; meanwhile their windpipes
are still in the process of growing stronger and are not fully strengthened.
In the event that a child does become entangled in the cord, their juvenile
muscle control and motor skills make it particularly difficult to detangle
Data indicates that over 200 children in the United States under the age
of five have sustained fatal injuries from accidental blind cord strangulation.
The United Kingdom was made aware of this danger after a warning was published
by British doctors that had treated a 22 month old boy who had been found
hanging from the pull chain of a window blind cord.
Parents should be aware of this danger and take necessary precautions to
protect their young children from unsafe interaction with window blind
cords. The Window Cord Safety Council suggests keeping children's
furniture and beds out of reach of window blinds. Furthermore, new cordless
window coverings are available to completely eliminate the threat of accidental
strangulation. If, however, current window coverings in the home do have
cords, parents and caregivers ought to be especially attentive to children
when they are in close proximity to the windows.
At McLeod Law Group, LLC, we understand the devastation that accompanies
children's injuries. As a parent or guardian, you may have to witness your child undergo extensive
medical treatment for an accident that could have been avoided. If your
child has been injured in an accident such as accidental strangulation
while under the supervision of someone else, their injuries may have been
due to that person's carelessness.
In the event that your child is injured under someone else's supervision,
a personal injury attorney in Charleston can help you determine whether
the caregiver at the time of the accident neglected to take reasonable
measures to keep your child from harm.
Charleston personal injury attorney from our firm to discuss your child's situation and schedule a free