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Window coverings such as blinds and shades are great for keeping out unwanted light, but they can also pose a potential strangulation hazard to children. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission states that since 1990 there have been more than 200 children and infants that have died due to accidentally strangling on blind and shade cords. Those that have children in their home should replace all window blinds and shades with cordless products to avoid this type of tragedy. Window coverings that were made before 2001 can have long looped pull cords that can become a potential strangulation hazard to small children and infants and should be replaced. Almost every style and type of blind and shade is now available in a cordless version. Miniblinds, horizontal blinds, pleated and cellular shades are now made with spring-loaded mechanisms instead of hazardous cords. Some people have replaced corded blinds and shades with roller shades and curtains to avoid having window coverings with cords. The Window Covering Safety Council recommends the following safety tips to lessen accidents that can occur to children when window coverings are present in a home.