SOURCE: Window Covering Safety Council (WCSC)

May 01, 2007 12:53 ET

Calling All Kids: Leave the Swinging to Spider-Man

Simple Precautions to Promote Safety

NEW YORK, NY -- (MARKET WIRE) -- May 1, 2007 -- With the blockbuster film "Spider-Man 3" swinging into movie theaters this spring, parents and caregivers should take care that children do not attempt to impersonate the superhero by swinging from window cords. Curious little ones are likely unaware that window cords can be a potential strangulation hazard.

According to information provided by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, since 1990 more than 200 infants and young children have died from accidentally strangling in window cords. The Window Covering Safety Council (WCSC) is reminding parents to keep their children safe by following these simple tips:

--  Install cordless window coverings in children's bedrooms and play
    areas. Replace window blinds, corded shades and draperies manufactured
    before 2001 with today's safer products. Consumers wishing to retrofit
    rather than replace their older window coverings can order free retrofit
    devices through WCSC's website at www.windowcoverings.org or its toll-free
    phone line at 1-800-506-4636.
    
--  Move all cribs, beds, furniture and toys away from windows and window
    cords, preferably to another wall.
    
--  Keep all window pull cords and inner lift cords out of the reach of
    children. Make sure that tasseled pull cords are short and continuous-loop
    cords are permanently anchored to the floor or wall. Make sure cord stops
    are properly installed and adjusted to limit movement of inner lift cords.
    
--  Lock cords into position whenever horizontal blinds or shades are
    lowered, including when they come to rest on a windowsill.
    
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 www.windowcoverings.org or its toll-free phone line at 1-800-506-4636.

Note to Editors: Design Photos, Editorial Content, and Line illustrations & captions describing how to retrofit older window blinds can be downloaded at www.windowcoverings.org/media.

Contact Information

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