Officials Warn of Window Blinds Safety After Child Entangled in Cords Dies
Updated: 8:34 p.m. Feb. 9, 2014
Original: 3:21 p.m. Feb. 8, 2014
SUITLAND, Md. (CBSDC/AP)— After a 6-year-old girl was found dead from becoming entangled in window cords, officials are reminding residents about window blind safety.
Authorities say the child was found unconscious in a Suitland home on Saturday after getting caught up in cords attached to window coverings.
A family member tried reviving the child as did emergency workers. She was pronounced dead at a hospital.
The child’s name has yet to be released.
Officials say children ages 5 and under are especially vulnerable to strangulation by window covering strings and cords.
Teresa Ann Crisman with Prince George’s County Fire/EMS says manufacturers no longer make the cords with a continuous loop, but older-style cords still have them.
She adds that it’s advantageous to simply cut the loop of these older cords and tie a knot on each end to help to prevent entanglements.
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