Drawstring Danger

How something as simple as a drawstring on a jacket can pose a big danger.

Forty-seven accidents involving drawstrings resulted in the death of eight children between 1985 and 1995 in the United States. A study by Johns Hopkins School of Public Health showed that 31 children, ages 2 to 14, were hurt when drawstrings snagged on playground slides, and 12 more when drawstrings got stuck in school bus doors.

In most cases, the kids became trapped when toggles or knots at the ends of the drawstrings became stuck. The strings snagged in gaps near the top of slides or in the handrail spaces on the bus.

To avoid these accidents, the study suggests that parents remove all drawstrings from their children's clothing. Other options include shortening the drawstring or removing toggles or knots.