Cordaway – A Real Solution to Blind Cord Dangers

The Blind Cord Safety debate has been an ongoing concern for parents and safety authorities for many years.

The debate has centred around the Blind Industry seemingly displaying intransigence to potential solutions or even providing recognition of the problem.

Solutions recommended are either ‘black or white’. Cordless or remove. Now Cordaway offers a simple, sensible solution. Snap it shut and safety is achieved.

Cordaway is soon to be released, tentatively March 2018. With the Cordaway device, whether your blinds are brand new or ten years old – safety for your children is achieved.

Turning point in fight to stop child deaths from window blinds

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Sales of most corded window blinds and shades – products blamed for the strangulation deaths of more than 300 U.S. infants and toddlers since 1981 — will come to an end late this year.

The decision last week by the window covering industry to quit selling the items in the U.S. and Canada is a milestone following decades of stopgap safety measures and public clamor to do more to protect children. It means that, starting Dec. 15, retailers will stop offering most window coverings with pull strings and cords, unless the cords are placed in a way that keeps them out of the grasp of children and other consumers.

However, the industry decision to embrace what is the latest version of a voluntary safety standard falls short of complete victory for consumer advocates. It won’t apply to custom-order blinds and shades, which the industry says account for about 20 percent of the market, although these products will be subjected to some new safety requirements.

The custom-order exclusion was a disappointment for Linda Kaiser, president of Parents for Window Blind Safety, a grassroots group that she founded in 2002 after her daughter Cheyenne was killed in her crib. Kaiser also expressed concern about how strictly the ban on standard blinds and shades will be enforced. Still, she said she was hopeful that eliminating cords on standard window coverings will reduce future deaths and injuries.

In addition, Kaiser views the decision as a reversal for an industry that safety advocates say has long exploited a loophole in the federal rule-making process to avoid making more substantial improvements. As Kaiser put it, “They finally said ‘uncle.’”

Window blind injuries were first identified in medical literature in 1945. In 1981, federal regulators cited window blind cords as a cause of strangulation deaths among children under five. A Consumer Product Safety Commission report at the time called the cords “a particularly insidious hazard.”

Deaths of at least 332 children


Since then, at least 332 children, most under the age of two, have been fatally strangled by window cords, according to federal data. Kaiser’s group has identified another 177 cases where children have suffered grievous injuries, including permanent brain damage or quadriplegia requiring lifelong care and therapy.

The mounting deaths and injuries have highlighted weaknesses in the ability of the CPSC to protect the public. Under the law, the agency is required to defer to industries that are developing manufacturing standards voluntarily rather than imposing mandatory federal rules; the theory is that industries have a strong incentive to keep their products safe.

From 1994 to 2012, an industry trade group, the Window Covering Manufacturers Association, invoked the voluntary standards process a half-dozen times. It recommended design and other changes to window blinds and shades, but refused to banish cords, which consumer groups and CPSC staff saw as key to saving lives. In 2014, the CPSC began developing a mandatory government standard that would have required all window coverings to be cordless or have inaccessible cords. That work never was completed, however, and with the commission heading toward switching to a 3-2 Republican majority under the Trump administration, experts believe the initiative is dead.

Paul Nathanson, a spokesman for the manufacturers association, said new developments in cordless technology finally have made it possible for the industry to take its new voluntary safety action.

The longtime barrier was the presence of “thousands of types of window covering products. We could not wave a magic wand and make them all cordless,” Nathanson said. But now, he added, “Technology has got to the point where we can offer what consumers demand.”

‘Significant and immediate impact’


In a press release, Ralph Vasami, executive director of the manufacturers association, said the steps the industry has adopted “would have the most significant and immediate impact on reducing the strangulation risk to young children.”

Safety advocates, though, said there was no justification to ban cords on some products but not others. They predicted it would lead to consumer confusion, and more tragedy.

“We have known about this hazard for more than 70 years,” said Gary Smith, a pediatrician who heads the Center for Injury Research and Policy at the Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus, Ohio. “The fact that the industry will not go the final step and simply eliminate all products that access cords just is beyond my comprehension.”

Smith co-authored a new study in the journal Pediatrics that counted 16,827 window blind-related injuries among children younger than age 6 who were treated in emergency departments from 1990 to 2015. Among those, 11.9 percent, or more than 2,000, involved entanglement injuries. While many injuries were minor, others required hospitalization or were fatal.

The manufacturers association said some corded blinds are “needed by a wide range of consumers, including the elderly and those with disabilities, those short in stature, and those with windows in hard to reach locations.” While industry officials noted that many custom blinds are available without cords, retailers said consumers are likely to buy ones with cords because they are much cheaper than equivalent cordless models.

“People are going to choose by price, and buy the product with the cord,” said Al Silverberg, CEO of SelectBlinds.Com, an online retailer that two years ago decided to quit selling corded blinds for safety reasons. Sales were so poor, he says, he was forced to reinstate corded options to stay afloat.

Jeremy Eastburn’s daughter, Presley, died in December 2016 after being strangled on a custom window blind the family bought for their new home near Houston. He said the seller provided assurance that the corded blinds were safe. Presley, 4, was watching cartoons in the media room, while Eastburn’s wife , Carolyn, was folding laundry in the bedroom down the hall.

“She had been separated from my wife for maybe 10 minutes,” Eastburn said. “My wife went into the room … and my daughter was hanging from the cord in the window.” Presley died at a hospital four days later.

Eastburn took little comfort in the industry’s new safety plan. He says it, like previous voluntary standards, has no teeth. With window blinds, he said, “up until now, the only consequences have been our dead children.”

Vasami, of the manufacturers association, said in the press release that companies will have to comply with the new voluntary standard “or face enforcement action by the CPSC” and other possible legal action.

But unlike a mandatory federal standard, the agency can only enforce a voluntary standard by going to court and showing that the non-compliance was unreasonable. Consumer groups doubt that the CPSC, once it switches to Republican control, would have much interest in doing that.

‘So much more work to do’


Elliot Kaye, a CPSC commissioner who chaired the agency during the Obama administration, said “it was extremely unfortunate and misleading” for the industry to claim in its news release that the new voluntary standard “was on par with a mandatory standard because it isn’t.”

“There’s no doubt this is a positive development. It would be disingenuous to say otherwise,” he added. “But there is so much more work to do.”

“They made a commitment to keep going and finish the job,” Kaye said, referring to a new task force the industry said it was creating to study further safety enhancements for custom products. “We expect them to live up to that commitment.” Kaye would also like the industry to offer incentives for consumers to swap out hazardous old blinds for safer cordless ones.

Kaiser said she is concerned that a flood of corded window blinds will be dumped on the market this year at deep discounts and bought by consumers unaware of, or not concerned about, the safety hazards.

Nathanson, the manufacturers association spokesman, said he doubts that will happen. “We have responsible members,” he said. “This has been in the works for a long time. I think manufacturers knew this was coming, and as always, they will respond in a responsible manner.”



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Blind Safety starts with Cordaway

The Cordaway Blind Cord Safety Device is a simple but effective advance on all other safety devices currently being offered on the market here in Australia. Not only does it wind the blind cords onto fixed cleats at the required 1.6m height determined in the safety standards, it encloses them in a snap on safety cover making unwinding virtually impossible for a toddler or small child.

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Priced at below $10 plus shipping, this is a sensible purpose designed device. It’s a fixture that remains in place whilst there is a danger to children.

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Cordaway – a genuine solution that prevents childhood tragedy.

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Blinds & curtains

Blinds and curtains with long, unsecured cords are a strangulation hazard for children. Make sure you buy blinds and curtains with safe design features and that all long cords are secured.

About blinds & curtains

Blinds, curtains and other window coverings are often operated using long cords.

Installing blinds and curtains

  • Make sure  any loose or looped cords are secured—do not leave them hanging down.
  • If possible, remove looped cords by cutting the cord and installing tassels.
  • Some blinds can’t operate properly without looped cords. To keep them out of children’s reach you should secure these cords with either tie-downs (cleats) or tension devices that enclose cords and chain loops.
  • Always fix tie-downs and tension devices firmly to the wall or window-frame to prevent a child from remove them.

Risks and injuries

Blind and curtain cords can present a strangulation hazard to children, as they may become entangled in them while trying to use, or play around window coverings. Even with raised coverings, children can climb onto window sills or furniture and access cords. Cords can also strangle infants sleeping or playing in cots placed near windows where cords are within reach or hanging into cots.

Young children often like to climb onto furniture to look out the window. If they can reach the cords, they may quickly become entangled in them, lose their footing and suffer strangulation or serious injuries.

Accidental strangulation can happen very quickly, so never leave children alone in these rooms, even for a short while.

Buying tips

  • Choose blinds and curtains with safe design features and warning labels.
  • Ensure the blind provides a way to secure cords so there are no loops or strands that children can reach.
  • Consider blinds that operate without exposed cords.

Safe use

  • Buy tie-downs and tension devices from hardware or window furnishing stores.
  • Do not put children’s cots, beds, highchairs or playpens near a window where children can reach the blind or curtain cords.
  • Do not place sofas, chairs, tables, shelves or bookcases near windows with corded blinds or curtains.
  • Check all window furnishings and place all cords out of children’s reach.


Cordaway – A simple effective solution

The Cordaway Blind Cord Safety Device provides a simple effective solution to the dangers of hanging blind cords.

The snap-shut unit placed 1.6m off the ground means the little ones can never access the cords.

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Ban window blinds with cords to prevent kids’ deaths and injuries, claims study, after a whopping 300 children die over 25 years

  • Nearly 17,000 young children were hurt by window blinds between 1990 and 2015, with 300 dying, a study shows 
  • Most deaths occurred when children became entangled or strangled by the cords 
  • Even after adopting voluntary safety standards, including warning labels, injuries persisted 
  • The Consumer Product Safety Commission says windows and window blinds are among the top five hidden hazards in US homes
  • A standard will be in place by late 2018 that will make corded blinds unavailable in stores for purchases 

Children’s injuries and deaths from window blinds have not stalled despite decades of safety concerns, according to a new US study that recommends a complete ban on blinds with cords.

Nearly 17,000 young children were hurt by window blinds between 1990 and 2015, and though most injuries were minor, almost 300 died, the study shows. Most deaths occurred when children became entangled or strangled by the cords.

Injuries continued even after manufacturers adopted voluntary safety standards including warning labels. The industry now has a plan in the works to make cordless blinds the only option at retail stores and online.

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Nearly 17,000 young children were hurt by window blinds between 1990 and 2015, with 300 dying, a study shows


Elsie Mahe, the three-year-old daughter of Brigham Young University running backs coach Reno Mahe, died in November 2016 when she was tangled in cords

The study “should be a huge wake-up call to the public, to the retailers, to the manufacturers and to parents all over the nation to really see how hazardous the cords on the blinds are,” said Linda Kaiser of St Louis. Her 1-year-old daughter died in 2002 from strangulation when she pulled a looped hidden cord from a blind and put it around her neck. Kaiser later formed the advocacy group Parents for Window Blind Safety.


Abbigail Wentz (pictured) was just 16-months-old when she was strangled in pull cords on September 18, 2006

While study’s data analysis doesn’t show an up or down trend in injuries and deaths, the fact that they’re still occurring shows that safety standards have been inadequate, said lead author, Dr. Gary Smith, who directs injuries research at Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus, Ohio.

Paul Nathanson, spokesman for the Window Covering Manufacturers Association, said a soon-to-be adopted industry standard drafted with input from the Consumer Product Safety Commission will make corded blinds unavailable in stores and online, although consumers could buy them through custom orders.

The safety commission says windows and window blinds are among the top five hidden hazards in US homes and in a statement, it called the draft standard “a major step forward in protecting children.”

That standard is awaiting approval by the American National Standards Institute and is expected to take effect by late 2018, Nathanson said.

Smith said 20 percent are custom blinds and a total ban on corded blinds is needed.

The study was published Monday in the journal Pediatrics .

His research team analyzed 26 years of US government data on emergency room treatment and fatal injuries. The study notes that the dangers have been addressed in medical journal articles as far back as a 1945 report on two accidental hangings in children who survived.

“Seventy years ago we recognized that this was a product that was killing kids,” Smith said. “We should put child safety first.”



Playing toddler ‘went limp’ after being strangled by window blind cord in front of horrified mum

Karen Shelley, 42, thought her son had died when she saw him hang “in slow motion” as his eyes bulged and he lost colour in his face

A mother told how she watched her son “in slow motion” as he became entangled in a window blind cord and hung himself as he “went limp” before her eyes.

Karen Shelley, 42, was watching her son Riley, 2, play with his younger brother Louis, 1, when he became trapped with the cord around his neck.

She was at home in Sheerness, Kent, when Riley stood up on a windowsill and fell through the plastic cord.

His 16-year-old sister Sammy rushed to his aid and pulled him up to save him from hanging.

He was rushed to hospital where doctors ran tests to check his oxygen levels.

The little lad is now recovering at home, and the bruising on his neck has disappeared.

But his mum wants to remind other parents of the dangers of leaving a blind cord free – and said how “lucky” she is that her son is still alive.

Karen told how she ran in slow motion towards her son, as her legs “turned to jelly” and she collapsed on the sofa in front of him.


The window blind cord as Karen would usually wrap it around the pole


Riley hung for seconds from the window blind cord

She said: “It just happened so quickly. I honestly thought he was dead. My legs just collapsed under me as I crawled up the settee.

“He had hold of the cord on both sides of the loop and as he jumped down it went round his neck and pulled him back up a little – then he was just hanging there, limp.

“Sammy grabbed him, she got there before me and pulled him up.

“I just kept screaming ‘no, no, no, no’ – I thought he had died.

“His eyes started bulging out from his head and he turned this funny colour.


Karen has cut the cord off and is warning other parents of the dangers

“It’s amazing how quickly the colour went, it only took two or three seconds and he was completely pale.

“It’s just something you never want to see – your child just hanging there lifeless.

“The doctor actually said to me it only takes five seconds for this sort of fatality to happen.

“He said Riley had been extremely lucky and that if it had been a couple of inches lower and the cord had hit his windpipe it could have been a lot worse.

“It doesn’t even bear thinking about.”

Riley, who suffers from autism, was sat in his favourite place in the house – the windowsill – where he likes to watch the cars speeding past.


She was told that if the cord was lower, it could have been a fatal accident

Karen, who is also mum to 22-year-old Luke, told how she usually wraps the cord of her second-hand blind around the top of the pole.

The teacher’s assistant was aware of the risk of accidents around her children and said that morning, she had forgotten to wrap it around.

Karen said: “It’s so dangerous. It goes to show it only takes one day for something like this to happen.


Karen Shelley with son Riley Stuart

“I’ve been so lucky and I know I was lucky. I just feel so sorry for the parents that have lost their children in this way.

“I did cut the cord in half but I can’t bear looking at it anymore so I cut it all off.”

Karen wants to raise awareness of the dangers of using blinds with a cord pull.

She said she wanted to share Riley’s story so that other parents will think before leaving their cord dangling free.

Karen said: “It just show how easily it can happen. I was 12 feet away from Riley but if my child was out of the room, it could have ended differently.

“If the cord was a few inches longer, it could have ended differently. We might not have been so lucky.”

This comes as another toddler was caught on camera silently strangling on a window blind cord as his mother filmed the rest of the family playing together in the living room.

Gavin Walla, from Wisconsin, US, can be seen in the horrifying home video hanging limply from the looped window blind cord, which is wrapped around his neck.

Gavin’s mother was filming a home video of her children playing together in their front room when she suddenly notices the toddler has stopped breathing.

Immediately, she drops the camera, screaming her son’s name as she desperately tries to untangle the cord.


Horror: Gavin stands limply in the corner

Thankfully, her quick actions saved Gavin’s life and he’s heard in the video coughing and spluttering as he gasps for breath.

Gavin, who is now 17, wants people to see his home video in the hope of raising awareness about the very real dangers of window blind cords.

He told ABC News: “I’m glad that it’s out there. It saved the lives of other children that have been fortunate enough to have parents who have seen the video.”

It is thought more than 100 children have died in window blind cord accidents since Gavin’s.


Now: Gavin wants his home video to serve as a warning to other parents

Elliot Kaye, chairman of the Consumer Product Safety Commission told ABC: “I see decades, and I’m talking decades, about children once a month getting hanged to death by these products and it’s got to stop.”

The government first identify the window blinds as a hidden danger over 30 years ago.

But the cords remain a potentially deadly hazard to this day with many manufacturers still using them on many of their products.

IKEA and Target have already removed corded window blinds from their shelves due to safety concerns.


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Walmart and several other stores have announced they will stop selling the products by 2018.

Ralph Vasami, the head of the Window Covering Association, an industry trade group, admitted that the hazard is still present but has been reduced by new safety features including breakaway cords and string that can be tied at a height children can’t reach.

They however do not recommend that corded window blinds should be used in homes with children.


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