Window Blind Safety: Do You Have This Silent Killer In Your Home?

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission(CPSC) estimates that between 1996 and 2012, 1,590 children were treated for injuries, including brain damage, caused when they became entangled in these cords. In 2014 to date, there have been at least seven children die from strangulation due to window covering cords.

Window blind cords are on the Commission’s list of the top five hidden hazards in the home. Infants and toddler can become tangled up in the cords and are silently strangled in their cribs. In other cases, toddlers trying to look out the window lose their footing and accidentally hang themselves. These tragedies are overwhelming, unthinkable, and unnecessary.

Window treatments are often overlooked when child-proofing a room.

One child, Cormac (“Mac”) Fitzpatrick Thomas, was two and half years old when he was strangled earlier this year with a cord from the Roman Shades in his room. “We thought, you know, long and hard about all the potential scenarios that could create danger in household,” his dad Stephen said as reported by WUSA 9. His parents knew part of that danger involved the cords in window blinds.

“I decided to put the cords on to the outer side of the window so that it would not be reachable from the bed, that was my biggest concern,” his mom, Erica said. They didn’t realize there was another danger behind the blinds they bought for their toddler’s room.

On the morning of March 1st, Erica was eager to start the day with her two sons. Stephen, a doctor in the U.S. Army, was returning home from a three month deployment. Erica hadn’t heard a peep from Mac all morning, so she went to his room to wake him up.

“I went in and he was lying underneath the window with his beloved monkey and bear and I thought, oh he’s just sleeping,” she says.

As she got closer, she realized Mac was not breathing. She called 911, started CPR and eventually looked up at the window.

Erica says, “I saw that there was a string coming from out behind the blind I could see, and it just kinda clicked in my head at that moment, oh my God.”

How Safe Are Your Window Coverings?

We strongly recommend that you examine all window coverings in your home, and consider every home or location that your child visits, particularly daycare, school, and grandparents’ homes. Check the window coverings for exposed or dangling cords on the front, side and back of the product. Tying the cords is not 100% safe.

Replace older corded window blinds, shades, and draperies with today’s safer products. Approximately 80% of incidents occur with older products that do not meet current standards or where the consumer did not install or use the product property. To prevent strangulation, experts recommend using only cordless window coverings in homes with young children. Choose from many options of cordless blinds and shades or plantation shutters that don’t have any cords on them at all.

Sunburst Shutters Is Committed to Child Safety

Sunburst Shutters is committed to providing child-safe window treatments for your entire home. Our products have received the “seal of approval” from Parents for Window Blind Safety, a non-profit 501(c)(3) corporation engaged in the professional service of promoting window blind safety.

If you have children that live in or visit your home, we recommend that you select from our wide variety of cordless products. Our plantation shutters are the perfect child-safe window treatments because they operate without any cords. We also offer an extensive line of cordless or motorized window blinds.