Regulations go further than those of any other country in addressing the risk of strangulation to children
OTTAWA, May 1, 2019 /CNW/ - The Government of Canada is committed to providing consumer products that are safe, and to protecting children from harm. Over the last three decades, Health Canada—a world leader in consumer product
To help eliminate this hazard, today, Health Canada has published the new Corded Window Coverings Regulations to restrict the length of cords and the size of loops allowed on window coverings sold in Canada, to avoid the possibility of their getting wrapped around a child's neck. The new regulations go further to protect children from this hazard than those of any other country. The requirements for window coverings will apply to all products sold in Canada, both custom-made and off the shelf.
The new regulations will come into force on May 1, 2021 to give manufacturers, importers, and retailers time to adjust to the new requirements. In the meantime, parents and caregivers are strongly encouraged to replace existing 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. The safest window coverings are ones that have no cords that you can see or touch.
"The fact remains that cords kill kids. The changes announced today will better protect Canadians, particularly children, from injury or death from corded window coverings. This is another example of the Government of Canada prioritizing the health and safety of Canadians as we continue to prevent dangers that are posed by consumer products in Canada and ensure all consumer products sold in this country meet stringent safety requirements."Ginette Petitpas TaylorMinister of Health
"Injury and death from strangulation can happen quickly, even when children are supervised. Every preventable death of a child is a tragedy, and the Canadian Paediatric Society applauds the steps Health Canada is taking to protect children with these new regulations." Dr. Catherine Farrell, Canadian Pediatric Society
"While Canada set out regulations in 2009 to improve safety of corded window coverings, unfortunately in the past 10 years, an average of one child per year has died after being strangled in these cords," says Pamela Fuselli, interim CEO of Parachute, Canada's national charity dedicated to injury prevention. "These new Corded Window Coverings regulations will help to eliminate this hazard, prevent injuries, and keep children safe in their homes." Pamela Fuselli, Parachute Canada
"We applaud Health Canada for taking the strongest stand in safety in order to ensure our country's children are protected. The stringent regulations still allows for products to pass our safety testing program so manufacturers can be awarded our Lab Tested, Mom Approved® seal of approval." Parents For Window Blind Safety
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