- Install only cordless window coverings in homes with young children. Replace window blinds, corded shades and draperies manufactured before 2001 with today's safer products.
- Move all cribs, beds, chairs, furniture and toys away from windows and window cords, preferably to another wall.
- Make sure cribs are properly assembled and meet current safety standards, and that crib mattresses fit snugly.
- Remove crib toys with cords, strings and ties, which can present a strangulation hazard.
- 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.
- Support heavy furniture by using wall-angle brackets or anchors to make sure they are secure.
- Set up blockades around fireplaces, ovens, heaters and stairs.
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