Window cords & Blinds
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The Consumer Product Safety Commission has recalled hundreds of thousands of children's clothes with drawstrings around the neck in the past two years, and the agency is pushing to ban them. One recall came after a 3-year-old boy in Fresno State strangled to death after his sweatshirt got stuck on a playground set. Eliminating this strangling danger: While the CPSC is working on legislation, parents can take issues into their own hands by not purchasing clothes with drawstrings around the neck, and by cutting & removing any such drawstrings that are currently in their children's clothes.
Rope swings are particularly dangerous, but children have been strangled by chain ones too. If you have a swing set, talk to your kids about the dangers of wrapping themselves up in the chain or rope, and never leave a swing broken or tangled.
As difficult as it might seem for a child to strangle themselves with an electrical cord, these are a common culprit in child strangling's, especially those that occur with infants and toddlers. Make sure that all cords are secured to the wall and not dangling, and pay close attention to the lights on your tree or around the house during holidays.
The combination of cords and moving, sometimes mechanical parts makes exercise equipment a common source of child strangulation. The 4-year-old daughter of boxer Mike Tyson died this way, after becoming entangled in a cord on a treadmill. You should treat your exercise room with the same precaution you would treat a pool, and NEVER let children play there unsupervised.
Necklaces and jewelry chains
If the chain is strong enough and the child catches it on something, it could strangle them. Always make kids take off chains and necklaces before playing.
Other strangulation risks: