Campaign warns parents about baby monitor cords

Mount Laurel, NJ – The Consumer Product Safety Commission and the Juvenile Products Manufacturers Association have launched a campaign to warn parents that cords from baby audio and video monitors present a strangulation hazard to young children if the monitors are placed within reach.

The two groups advise parents to take the following precautions to help prevent strangulation:

  • Check the location of all monitors and products with electrical cords.
  • Make sure potentially hazardous products with cords are not within reach of children.
  • Keep monitors at least 3 feet from any part of cribs or beds.

Since 2002, seven children have died due to entanglement in a baby monitor cord and three children have nearly been strangled. The victims were between 6 and 20 months old, according to a press release from JPMA.

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