October is national window covering safety month. According to statistics provided by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, more than 200 infants and young children have died from accidentally strangling in window cords, since 1990.

Always follow these basic window cord safety rules:

– Install only safe window coverings in young children’s bedrooms and sleeping areas. Replace window blinds, corded shades and draperies manufactured before 2001 with today’s safety products.

– Move cribs, beds, furniture and toys away from windows and window cords, preferably to another wall.

– Keep all pull cords and inner lift cords out of the reach of children. Make sure that tassled pull cords are short and continuous cord loops are permanently anchored to the floor or wall. Make sure cord stops are properly installed and adjusted to limit movements of inner lift cords.

– Lock cords into position whenever horizontal blinds or shades are lowered, including when they come to rest on a windowsill.