There is a common danger in homes, day care centers, schools, and other facilities. The common danger is in the form of window blinds. There are injury risks associated with window blind cords including those related to bruises, cuts, scrapes, and most significantly strangulation. While it is well known and widely reported that window blind cords represent a significant risk to small children, reports of injuries continue to take place because safety precautions were not taken by the applicable child care provider.
It is estimated that approximately 17,000 children under the age of six years old were admitted to a hospital between the time period of 1990 and 2015 due to window blind related personal injuries. The same report estimated that one child per month died as a result of window blind cord strangulation during this time period. Toddlers and small children have poor safety awareness. As such, what appears to be fun to a toddler can actually pose a significant danger. The report on window blind injuries gathered together data from emergency rooms. As such, there are most likely more injuries that took place than were part of this study.
While there have been proposals and recommendations by the United States Product Safety Commission as to standards to make cords covered and / or unreachable by children, these recommendations have not been approved or placed into law as of yet.