As San Diego injury lawyers, we want to help spread the word about an important
danger that may be lurking in your home — window blinds. Between
1996 and 2012, approximately 184 infants and young children died from
strangling in window cords, according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety
Over the past several years, the CPSC has recalled over five million window
coverings, including Roman shades, roller and roll-up blinds, vertical
and horizontal blinds, for posing strangulation risks and other hazards.
The problem is that children can wrap the cords from blinds and other
window coverings around their necks or can pull cords and become entangled
in the loops.
To raise awareness, October has been designated
Window Covering Safety Month. The CPSC advises parents and caregivers that the best option is to install
only cordless blinds in homes with young children. If you choose to have
corded window coverings in your house, the following steps can help to
lower the strangulation risk to your child:
- Keep all window covering cords well out of the reach of children, at all times.
- Move and keep all furniture, cribs, beds and climbable surfaces away from windows.
- Make sure pull cords are adjusted to be as short as possible.
- Continuous-loop pull cords on draperies, roller shades, and vertical blinds
must be pulled tight and anchored to the floor or wall with a tension device.
- Be sure “cord stops,” a washer-like device used to prevent
a dangerous cord loop from being pulled out of an inner cord, are installed
properly. Cord stops should be adjusted to limit movement on inner cords
of blinds and shades.