One child every month dies in a window covering cord, it is quick and silent. #GOCORDLESS! There is a lot of information available about how to safely go cordless in your home and there is a place to get Retro Fit Kits to make old blinds safe, just Google “Cordless Blinds Retrofit Kits”. Everyone needs to know about this so it can be stopped. There is a website by and for Parents for Window Blind Safety and from their site:
“‘Window cords can pose a potential strangulation hazard to young children. According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, corded window coverings are among the top five hidden hazards in American homes. Check your window coverings for exposed or dangling cords and retrofit or replace them with today’s safer products. Safety experts recommend using only cordless window coverings in homes with young children.”
From the Consumer Product Safety Commission:
The leading hazard scenarios associated with window covering products are:
- Strangulation in the continuous loop cord or chain of vertical blinds and draperies or in loops formed by multiple cords terminating in a single tassel (older horizontal blinds);
- Strangulation in a loop formed by a knot tied in the lift cords (mostly associated with horizontal type blind cords but also included in some vertical type blind cords); and
- Strangulation in the inner loop of horizontal blinds.
- Sixty percent of the incidents involved cord systems typically used in horizontal-type blinds; 40 percent involved continuous loop systems typical to vertical blinds and draperies.
- Eighty-two percent of the incidents involved older products that did not conform to the voluntary standard.
- Blinds that meet the voluntary standard can still pose a hazard if the cords are tied up or if the loose cords get entangled.
Despite varied approaches to prevent strangulation from corded window coverings, child fatalities have been recorded for decades and continue to be reported in all of the jurisdictions participating in the international pilot alignment project. Although safety of corded window coverings is managed by different approaches and mechanisms in each of the participating jurisdictions, CPSC is working with fellow regulators to find common solutions that will improve the safety of blinds and shades.
How to Stay Safe At Home
To prevent window covering cord strangulation:
- Use cordless or inaccessible cord window coverings in homes where young children live or visit. Child safe window blinds and shades are available for sale today.
- Examine all shades and blinds for accessible cords on the front, side and back.
- Do not place cribs, beds and furniture close to the windows.
- Check regularly that cords are out of reach of young children and cannot form dangerous loops.