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WINDOW CORDS CAUTION

Window cords accounted for the strangulation deaths of 183 children between 1981 and 1996, according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission. Ninety-three percent of the victims were 3 years old or younger and 86 percent of deaths were caused by pull cords on Venetian-type horizontal window coverings, says a report in the Journal of the American Medical Association.

Infant victims were more likely to become entangled while put down for a nap and toddlers were more likely to be suspended by the cord after falling or jumping from a height.

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