The miniblind industry and consumer product regulatory agencies know that the number of children who accidentally hang themselves on the cords of blinds is extremely high. Over the past thirty years, over 340 children have been strangled to death on the pull cords, inner loops or back loops of blinds (like those found in Roman Shades). There is approximately one death a month from this type of accident.
The Consumer Product Safety Comission announced on December 15, 2009, a recall of 5.5 million blinds for repairs on all roll-up blinds and Roman shades.
I could give you a list of safety tips to help keep your child safe with corded blinds. Why chance the death of your child? My only safety tip is for everyone to throw out all corded safety blinds and never buy them again. If you are going to have blinds in your windows, only buy and own cordless blinds.
I do not usually include so many YouTube videos in one post, however, this topic is of utmost importance and each video helps to educate and understand the issue of window shade cording deaths. It is so easy for children to hang themselves. The first video is a mom filming her children at home. When she pans the camera around the room, she sees her three year old child beside the window, cord around his neck, hanging and blue…
Please be hypervigilant with the safety of your children, grandchildren, nieces, nephews, and friend’s children. It only takes four minutes for a child to die while hanging on the cord of a blind.
For safety information on window cords, call the CPSC Hotline at 1-800-638-2772.