Window Blind Safety Tips Following Recall

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission and Blind Xpress are recalling 139,000 custom-made vertical and 315,000 horizontal blinds, following the death of a 2-year-old girl in Commerce Township, Michigan. The child was strangled in the loop of a vertical blind cord that was not attached to the floor or wall.

 

It’s best to install cordless blinds in your child’s bedroom or play space, but as a reminder, the Window Covering Safety Council (WCSC) offers these additional safety tips:

  • Place your child’s crib, bed, furniture, and toys as far from windows and window cords as possible.
  • Keep all window cords out of your child’s reach. Make sure that tasseled pull cords are short, continuous-loop cords are permanently anchored to the floor or wall, and cord stops are properly installed and adjusted to limit the inner lift cord’s movement.
  • When you lower horizontal blinds or shades, lock the cords into position.

 

The WCSC also recommends that parents replace all window coverings made before 2001 with newer designs that meet today’s safety standards. A great goal as we head into National Window Coverings Safety Month in October!

 

Image: Window blind via CPSC

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