For more than 20 years, manufacturers have known that the pull cords on window shades and blinds kill children. The Consumer Product Safety Commission received reports of 130 strangulations involving window blind cords in just the 9 years from 1991 through 2000. Nearly all of those involved strangulations to infants getting tangled on the outer pull cords.
Ten years later, children are still dying and manufactures seem to be doing nothing about it. This week, big box hardware store chain Lowes to recall about 6,000,000 Roman shades and 5,000,000 they sold in the last 10 years. The reason: pull cords are still killing children. If you have purchased any shades or blinds from Lowes since 1999, you should contact the Window Covering Safety Council for a free repair kit at (800) 506-4636.
As the saying goes, those who don’t learn from history are doomed to repeat it. Apparently, the manufacturers of shades and blinds don’t know their history. More likely, they just don’t care. If you have ANY blinds with pull cords on them, cut the pull cords. Call he Window Covering Safety Council or find them on the web at www.windowcoverings.org. It might save a parent from the worst of all traumas, losing a child.
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