Corded blinds: A hidden danger found in every home

Corded blinds: A hidden danger found in every home

Window Cords: As of December 15 of 2018, corded blinds are no longer being sold online or in retail stores.

Window cords for blinds are extremely dangerous. To small children, the main victims, these cords look like fun necklaces, toys, or something interesting to them. Toddlers don’t understand the dangers that come with putting a window cord around their necks, it looks fun to them. Unfortunately many children have died due to this common household item.

Getting caught or strangled in these cords can cause children to be strangled, and suffocate because of the lack of airflow the cords are cutting off. Therefore the child cannot scream or make noises vocally.

Many parents have walked into a room after putting their child down to sleep, or making a snack to find their child hanging from these blinds cords.

Between 1990 and 2015, more than 16,000 children appeared in emergency rooms due to window blind injuries. (npr) 271 children under the age of 6 have died.

There have been 16,287 window blind related injuries for children six years and younger in the United States. 80.7% were injuries to the neck. 76.4% were from operating cords. 22.1% were from the inner cords.

If you can’t or don’t want to get rid of you corded blinds, here are some tips from the Consumer Product Safety Commission about how to keep children safe:

  • Move all cribs, beds, furniture and toys away from windows and window cords, preferably to another wall.
  • Make sure that tasseled pull cords are as short as possible.
  • Keep all window cords well out of the reach of children. Eliminate any dangling cords.
  • Check that cord stops are properly installed and adjusted to limit the movement of inner lift cords.
  • Continuous-loop cords on draperies and vertical blinds should be permanently anchored to the floor or wall.

The new corded blinds aren’t much more expensive than the previously sold corded blinds. Cordless blinds range from $10 to $90 depending on brands and quality levels.

According to CPSC corded blinds are one of the top five “hidden hazards in American homes.” Parents and guardians out there, be aware of the daily dangers your child faces in your homes; Get rid of your blinds cords and possibly save a life.