Proposed regulations would prohibit the sale of corded window coverings that pose a risk of strangulation to children
OTTAWA, June 16, 2017 /CNW/ - It takes only 15 seconds for a child to become unconscious from being strangled by a window blind cord. Strangulation is often silent. Since the 1980s, Health Canada has received numerous incident reports related to corded window
To help eliminate this hazard, the Department is proposing changes to the Corded Window Covering Products Regulations, which would restrict the length of accessible cords and the size of loops that can be created. A warning would also be required on the product that states that the product should be disposed of if a long cord or large loop is ever exposed. The proposed regulations, published in Canada Gazette, Part I, are now available for comment during the 75-day consultation period.
The Government of Canada encourages Canadians to review the proposed new Regulations and to submit feedback to Health Canada by August 31, 2017.
Health Canada reminds Canadians that the safest window coverings are ones that have no cords that you can see or touch. Parents and caregivers are strongly encouraged to replace corded window coverings with cordless options that are now available on the market, starting with children's rooms and places where children play. If you cannot make an immediate switch, make sure to always keep cords up high and out of the reach of children and to follow Health Canada's window covering safety tips.
"Corded blinds pose a very real danger to children, but it is a preventable risk. I am pleased to be introducing these proposed changes to our Corded Window Covering Products Regulations, which will better protect this vulnerable population."
Jane PhilpottMinister of Health
"Nearly all strangulation deaths and injuries are preventable. The Canadian Paediatric Society is pleased to support Health Canada in its commitment to change the Corded Window Covering Products Regulations to help eliminate this risk to children."
Dr. Richard StanwickInjury Prevention Specialist, Past President, Canadian Paediatric Society
"As an organization committed to educating consumers and supporting families affected by corded window coverings with failed safety devices, we are pleased that Health Canada is taking the lead in safety to ensure all products and devices will be manufactured to protect Canadian children in environments where they live and visit."
Candace AllardParents for Window Blind Safety, Canada
Window Covering SafetyProposed Corded Window Coverings Regulations
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SOURCE Health Canada
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