SOURCE: Window Covering Safety Council

December 07, 2006 13:26 ET

Safety Alert: New Year, New Precautions

Five Simple Ways to Keep Children Safe in 2007

NEW YORK, NY -- (MARKET WIRE) -- December 7, 2006 --Each year at this time, we resolve to make big changes in our lives -- lose that extra ten pounds, quit smoking. This year, resolve to make small changes around the home that could make an enormous difference in the safety and well being of your children. According to Safe Kids Worldwide, a non-profit organization, more than 4.5 million children are injured in the home each year. By following these simple steps, you can better ensure your child's safety in the New Year:

--  Set the thermostat of your hot water heater no higher than 120 degrees
    Fahrenheit to reduce the chance of scald burns. It takes just three seconds
    for a child to sustain a third-degree burn from water at 140 degrees
--  When electrical outlets are not in use, be sure to fit them with plugs
    so young children cannot stick their fingers into the socket. Look for and
    remove frayed electrical wires or flammable materials near heat sources
    such as space heaters. Never run electrical cords under rugs.
--  Window coverings manufactured before 2001 can pose a potential
    strangulation hazard to young children. Replace them with today's safer,
    cordless products, especially in children's bedrooms and play areas.
    Parents wishing to retrofit rather than replace can order free retrofit
    kits from the Window Covering Safety Council's Web site,, or by calling 1-800-506-4636.
--  Make sure that your home, and any home your child visits, has working
    smoke alarms in every sleeping area and on each level.
--  Make sure all potentially dangerous products such as household
    cleaners, medicines, mouthwash, and typical garage items like antifreeze
    and pesticides, have child-resistant closures on them, are locked up, and
    are stored in high places. Keep your local poison control center's contact
    information easily accessible in case of an accident. To find your local
    center, visit
About WCSC

The Window Covering Safety Council is a coalition of major U.S. manufacturers, importers and retailers of window coverings. The Council has been instrumental in the industry's redesign of corded products, supporting the national ANSI/WCMA standard for the safety of corded window coverings, and encouraging the use of cordless products in children's rooms and play areas. Consumers wishing to retrofit rather than replace their older window coverings can order free retrofit devices through WCSC's website at or its toll-free phone line at 1-800-506-4636.

About Safe Kids Worldwide

Safe Kids Worldwide ( is a global network of organizations whose mission is to prevent accidental childhood injury, a leading killer of children 14 and under. More than 450 coalitions in 15 countries bring together health and safety experts, educators, corporations, foundations, governments and volunteers to educate and protect families. The organization was founded in 1987 by Children's National Medical Center with support from Johnson & Johnson. Safe Kids Worldwide is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization located in Washington, D.C.

Note to Editors: Line illustrations and captions describing how to retrofit older window blinds can be downloaded at

Contact Information

  • Contacts:
    Cara Clinton
    (212) 297-2109

    Victoria Livadas
    (212) 297-2129