Government of Canada Introduces New Regulations To Aid In Strangulation Risks for Kids

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Efforts aligning safety standards across jurisdictions of Canada and the United States failed to protect children

In seconds, children can be entangled in cords of today’s compliant window coverings leading to serious injury and death. Data indicates outer operational cords on corded window covering products have been involved in accidents since the 1970’s with no significant reduction in the death rate. Numerous incidents have occurred when consumers used required safety devices such as cord cleats, tie down and break away devices and short cords that become long when pulled.

Friday, the Government of Canada opened a 75 day public comment period on regulations that would restrict the length of operational cords and the size of loops that can be created on corded window coverings. Efforts aligning safety standards across jurisdictions of Canada and the United States failed to protect children from strangling on compliant products. Warnings will also be required on products that states products should be disposed of if a long cord or large loop is ever exposed. The proposed regulations, which were published in the Canada Gazette, Part 1, are seen by many safety experts as a solution to eliminating the strangulation risk posed to children in Canada. Officials are projecting the new proposed requirements for corded window coverings to come into force by 2018.

Canadian safety conscious mom, Candace Allard, from Red Deer, placed her daughter down for a nap in September 2012. Her daughter, Bella, managed to form a loop from the inner cord of a window blind while outer pull cords were out of reach. Bella lost her life. Devastated, Candace contacted USA based charity,…

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