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Prevent Window Cord Strangulation, from Montlick & Associates Attorneys!

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Urgent Alert: How to Prevent Accidental Window Cord Strangulation!

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Corded window coverings are one of the top five hidden hazards in American homes, with infants and children dying each year from accidentally strangling in window cords. An experienced personal injury lawyer in Atlanta, Georgia from Montlick & Associates also reminds parents that older window coverings may not meet the latest national standard for window cord safety, so it's important for parents and caregivers to check each window covering in the home for exposed and dangling cords that can pose a strangulation risk to children. Watch the video and click on the links below to learn more about how replace or retrofit dangerous cords and avoid accidents.


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Georgia Car Accident Attorneys, Montlick & Associates, Reviews Important Safeguards To Protect Infants and Children from Accidental Strangulation from Window Covering Cords

Corded window coverings are one of the top five hidden hazards in American homes, according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC). Nearly once a month, a child between 7 months and 10 years old dies from accidental window cord strangulation. These accidents can occur anywhere in the home where a window covering has exposed or dangling cords. Young children can wrap the hanging cords or strings around their neck, or become entangled in the cords' loops and become injured or die. To help parents and caregivers create a safe environment for young children in the home, the Georgia Car Accident Attorneys at Montlick & Associates have created the helpful video posted at the top of this page; with important information about how to replace or retrofit an existing window cord with a safer product and avoid injuries or accidental death.

Installing cordless-style shades and blinds in the home is the safest option, but if you cannot replace them, check for the following hazards that can pose a risk:

  • Loop-style cords on blinds or draperies should be anchored to the floor or wall.
  • Any tasseled pull cords need to be as short as possible and out of a child's reach.
  • Move all cribs, beds and other furniture and toys away from windows and window cords.

If replacing your window coverings is not an option, you can order a free window cord retrofit kit online from WindowCoverings.org. The kit includes attachment parts that shorten and remove exposed cords, reducing the strangulation hazard.

"Manufacturers of window coverings have installed safety features to try to minimize the dangers from their projects, but there continues to be tragic stories of young children who are injured or killed," says Montlick & Associates' CEO and Founder, David Montlick. "We encourage you to take the necessary safeguards to eliminate any strangulation hazard from window covering cords in your home, and create a safe place for children."

For 30 years, the Atlanta Personal Injury Attorneys at Montlick & Associates have made it their goal to be the best personal injury law firm in the United States. The law firm represents families and individuals who suffer from catastrophic injuries, in all types of cases involving wrongful conduct and wrongful death, including those involving crashes with cars, SUVs, buses, tractor-trailers and other commercial vehicles. Each state has its own laws as to what can be recovered as damages in these types of serious accidents. In Georgia, for example, a person injured by the carelessness of another has a right to compensation for pain and suffering, reimbursement for medical bills and lost wages incurred due to the accident, and in some cases punitive damages. There are many different sources of possible recovery for accident victims, and it is important that they all are identified.

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Window Cord Safety

In this week's segment on ABC News, the Georgia Car Accident Attorneys from Montlick & Associates share important safety tips to help prevent accidental strangulation from window covering cords.

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