Protect Your Kids From the Dangers of Window Blind Cords


WE’RE HELPING YOU PROTECT YOUR FAMILY FROM A DEADLY DANGER. THE IMPACT IS SHOCKING… AND TRAGIC. WE’VE LEARNED THAT ON AVERAGE, ONE CHILD DIES EVERY MONTH FROM BEING STRANGLED BY THE CORD OF A WINDOW COVERING. (MM) SAFETY OFFICIALS CALL IT ONE OF THE MOST DANGEROUS PRODUCTS IN YOUR HOME FOR CHILDREN. SO WHAT CAN YOU DO– TO KEEP YOUR KIDS SAFE? LET’S GET RIGHT TO EYEWITNESS NEWS REPORTER SUSAN HOGAN FOR MORE ON THIS IMPORTANT NEWS ALERT. GRIEVING FAMILIES HAVE A MESSAGE FOR YOU- STRANGULATION BY WINDOW CORDS IS, IN MOST CASES, PREVENTABLE. TONIGHT, WE’LL SHOW YOU HOW TO MAKE SURE YOUR WINDOW BLINDS ARE SAFE. BUT A WARNING FIRST- SOME OF THE PICTURES PROVIDED TO US BY PARENTS FOR WINDOW BLIND SAFETY MAY BE DISTURBING. THIS IS ASHELY AT 3 YEARS OLD….AND THIS IS ASHLEY 1 YEAR LATER. THIS IS HEALTHY 3 YEAR OLD CATARA BEFORE HER ACCIDENT… THIS IS CATARA TODAY. AND THIS IS TREVOR…AFTER. AFTER ALL THREE CHILDREN WERE NEARLY STRANGLED TO DEATH BY WINDOW BLIND CORDS THAT THEY ACCIDENTALLY WRAPPED AROUND THEIR NECKS. UNLIKE THESE CHILDREN WHO SUFFERED A DIFFERENT FATE… ACCORDING TO THE CONSUMER PRODUCT SAFETY COMMISSION 261 STRANGULATION AND NEAR-STRANGULATION INCIDENTS INVOLVING WINDOW COVERINGS HAVE OCCURED SINCE 1999…AND THAT NUMBER GOES UP EVERY MONTH. BUT DESPITE THE TRAGIC EVIDENCE, EYEWITNESS NEWS HAS LEARNED THERE ARE NO MANDATORY STANDARDS TO ELIMINATE THIS HAZARD. THERE ARE VOLUNTARY STANDARDS THAT SOME WINDOW MANUFACTURERS CHOOSE TO FOLLOW… BUT NOT ALL DO. the voluntary standards address some of the hazards associated with corded blinds but they don’t eliminate all of the hazards in which a child can get entrapped EVEN WINDOW COVERINGS THAT INCLUDE DEVICES SUCH AS “SAFETY TASSELS, BREAK AWAY TASSELS CORD JOINERS, OR CLEATS” HAVE LEAD TO DEATHS OR INJURIES TO CHILDREN UNDER 8 YEARS OLD. WINDOW COVERINGS LIKE THESE WITH CHILD-SAFE CORD STOPS WON’T PREVENT A STRANGULATION. THEY WILL STOP A CHILD FROM PULLING A CORD DOWN FROM THE TOP, BUT THEY WON’T PREVENT A CHILD FROM PULLING A CORD UP FROM THE BOTTOM, CREATING A LOOP. THAT’S WHY PARENTS FOR WINDOW BLIND SAFETY ONLY RECOMMENDS CORDLESS WINDOW COVERINGS LIKE THESE IN HOMES WITH CHILDREN 8 YEARS AND YOUNGER. SAFETY EXPERTS SAY MANUFACTURERS CAN… AND SHOULD MAKE SAFER WINDOW BLINDS. we’re not talking rocket science, we’re talking about designs that are already on the market WE’VE LEARNED THE CONSUMER PRODUCT SAFETY COMMISSION IS CURRENTLY WORKING WITH WINDOW COVERING MANUFACTURERS TO ADDRESS STRANGULATION HAZARDS WITH A NEW SET OF SAFETY REQUIREMENTS. SH EYENEWS.

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