Monitor Cord Safety
The Holding Angelcare Inc. and the Juvenile Products Manufacturers Association (JPMA) would like to alert parents and caregivers on the safe placement and use of baby monitors.
Since 2002, seven infants and toddlers were strangled in baby monitor cords and three infants and toddlers were nearly strangled. In an effort to prevent infants and toddlers from strangling in monitor cords, Angelcare and JPMA urge parents to:
- Check the location of all monitors and other products with electric cords, including those mounted on the wall, to make sure cords are out of your child’s reach.
- Place monitor and other cords at least three feet away from any part of the crib, bassinet, play yard, or other safe sleep environment.
- Never position a monitor inside or on the edge of a crib.
- For movement monitors, make sure the sensor cords are taut and not dangling to reduce strangulation hazards. Read and follow the manufacturer’s instructions as to how to handle these cords.
For more information on baby monitor cord safety including videos and safety tips or to obtain free safety warning labels for your baby monitor, visit: www.babymonitorsafety.org