Why are window blinds still killing our kids?

Sometimes even the household items that appear the most innocuous are the ones that present the worst hazards. Such is the case with window blinds cords, which are still considered to be prominent dangers decades after researchers identified them as safety hazards.

In the quarter-century between 1990-2015, almost 17,000 kids 5 and under in the United States received treatment in the emergency room after being injured from window blind cords. While most of the children went on to recover fully, an average of one child per month died as a result of strangulation or another fatal event related to the blinds.

One senior researcher and the director of Nationwide Children's Hospital's Center for Injury Research and Policy located in Columbus, Ohio, said of the problem, "It's just unacceptable. We've known about this risk for over 70 years."

Since safer alternatives like cordless blinds are both affordable and available, the onus is on manufacturers to replace the dangerous types of blinds with safe ones.

The industry has employed voluntary safety standards to reduce the likelihood of kids becoming entangled in blind cords. They include eliminating loops in pull cords.

In 2014, the federal Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) proposed that blinds be required to have cords inaccessible to kids or be made cordless. But no action has been taken to make that happen.

If your child was injured, or worse, killed by blind entanglements, you have a right to demand accountability from the manufacturer. That can include filing a wrongful death or product liability lawsuit in the Davidson County courts or an alternative venue.

Source: The Inquirer Daily News, "Window Blinds: A Silent Killer in Your Home," Amy Norton HealthDay Reporter, Dec. 11, 2017

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