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Over the next 20 years, this would mean the strangulation death of up to 26 children in Canada.

It is estimated that adopting the proposed Regulations would prevent the death of 20 of those 26 children over the next 20 years, as well as prevent other non-fatal strangulation injuries.

International coordination and cooperation: In 2012, Health Canada, the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission (U. CPSC), the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC), and the European Commission (EC) agreed that the highest level of safety for CWCs would be achieved by eliminating the strangulation hazard.

With the proposed Regulations, Canada is delivering on this commitment and positioning itself as a world leader in taking decisive action on a serious and preventable risk to young children that other regulators also consider to be a priority.

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The CWCPR still allow cords that can form hazardous loops and be wrapped around a child’s neck, and rely upon safety devices that require additional installation and regular active consumer intervention (e.g. Updated regulations with stronger safety requirements are needed to better protect children in Canada.

Issues: Children in Canada continue to be at risk of strangulation from corded window coverings (CWCs).

The average fatality rate is slightly more than one child death per year.

The ACCC notes that between one and two children die in Australian homes every year as a result of CWCs.

In the United Kingdom, the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents reports that 18 deaths involving looped blind cords occurred between the beginning of 2010 and early 2015.

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