Window cords? Yes the unassuming , yet dangerous, cords that allow you to raise your blinds up and down or open and closed can be extremely dangerous to young children because they can pose a strangulation and entrapment danger. Scary stuff here...
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When I attend the professional product safety seminars, window blind cords are always brought up. The risk of strangulation and entrapment is so high that since the year 2000 there are 44 listed recalls for window blinds on the CPSC website and 1 redesign notice from 1994. Many might say, "my child would never be so stupid as to get caught in the cords" but really based on the stats, I don't think any parent or caregiver can really say that with 100% certainty. These cases are accidents after all and are the result of kids being kids in exploring their world in ways that us adults have forgot. In fact, the more intelligent and curious the child, they might actually be more apt to get caught in the cords. This is post is not meant to be fear mongering but a way to get the word out.
Manufacturers of window blinds are very serious about mitigating this hazard, there are FREE retrofitting kits available via the Window Covering Safety Council or via phone by calling the toll-free number at 1-800-506-4636. There is also this little baby called "super baby" who stars in some very informative videos. And don't think that just because your blinds are newer (say like mine and less than 10 years old) that you are ok because the recalls on these have been tremendous. You can check saferproduct.gov to see if your blinds have been recalled or simply review your blinds after reading through the Window Covering Council's site and determine for yourself if you need to do some retrofitting. I actually have a few recalled ones installed myself and am awaiting my kits as we speak...and yes the nesting instinct is hitting home now.
Lastly don't forget to install and use the cleats to get the cords up and out of the way of those curious little fingers and necks.
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