A Very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from Cordaway.

Christmas is a time for sharing, for joy, for children. Keep them safe and we wish all the best for a wonderful festive season.

Cordaway in Window 2

Over the last few weeks we have had a series of strange replies to posts, from people suggesting that teaching and managing children is enough to prevent accidents. It’s simply not true. Children will walk into swimming pools – we have strict regulations for swimming pool fencing. Children attempt to touch working fans and heaters – it is mandatory to provides guards and restraints. Car seats, cupboard locks and precautions around stoves and benchtops – all are equally important.

shutterstock_140076994 2

Here is the fact. Blind Cords have killed hundreds of children worldwide in the last ten years. Protect yours with recommended Safety devices. Cordaway is the most advanced and effective on the market.

Screen Shot 2018-02-23 at 3.01.18 pm

So again have a wonderful festive season and enjoy your family, your children and these times, its precious. For those who are still unsure of the worth of such devices please read the press release from the ACCC.

See you all in the New Year.

ACCC warns of dangers of loose blind and curtain cords

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERATragically, between one and two children die in Australian homes every year as a result of non-compliant corded blinds and curtains. Similar deaths occur regularly across the world and the ACCC is joining international regulators to warn of the hidden dangers associated with corded blinds and curtains.

“Loose cords can be extremely dangerous to young children, as they can quickly tangle or loop around a child’s neck. We are urging parents and carers to check each room in their house for blinds or curtains with cords and tie them up with cleats,” ACCC Commissioner Sarah Court said.

“It is important to make sure cots, beds, highchairs and playpens are placed away from blind or curtain cords so they remain inaccessible to infants at all times.”

“Young children will also climb on furniture, such as chairs and couches that may be near windows with blinds or curtain cords. All cords throughout the house should be secured and out of reach of children,” Ms Court said.

The mandatory standard for internal window coverings was declared in July 2010 and a separate regulation relating to installation services of window coverings came into effect in January 2015.

In April, the ACCC conducted a survey of corded blinds and curtains in 131 display homes and found evidence of an alarmingly poor level of compliance with the regulations for both supply and installation of window coverings.

Had the homes been sold with the window coverings as installed, only 10 per cent would have complied with all the requirements of the mandatory standard, including the incorporation of cord guides, cleats to keep the cords out of harm’s way, installer details, and mandatory warning labels.

“The ACCC is putting suppliers and installers on notice that they face prosecution and fines of up to $1.1 million if they fail to comply with the regulations,” Ms Court said.

The ACCC will continue to educate housing companies, manufacturers, retailers, and installers of corded internal window coverings about the requirements of the mandatory standard. The ACCC will be undertaking further surveillance and enforcement action will be taken where serious breaches of the regulation are found.

Safety at home

When installing new blinds and curtains, make sure you or the installer secure any loose or looped cords—do not leave them hanging down.
Go through every room in your home and check for any blinds or curtains with long cords that are either loose or looped. Remember, this includes any cords that are within children’s reach at floor level or near furniture they can climb on.
Do not put children’s cots, beds, highchairs or playpens near a window where children can reach blind or curtain cords. The cords can become tangled around children’s necks and strangle them.
Do not place sofas, chairs, tables, shelves or bookcases near windows with corded blinds or curtains. As young children like to climb onto furniture to look out the window, they may quickly become entangled in the cords, lose their footing, and suffer strangulation or serious injuries.
Accidental strangulation can happen very quickly, so never leave children alone in rooms where cords are unsecured if you’re visiting someone’s home, even for a short while.
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 so a child is not able to remove them. Never use materials that can’t support a significant load, such as double-sided tape or glue.
Consider replacing corded blinds and curtains with cordless alternatives. There are safer designs of window coverings available for most applications.

Source: accc.gov.au/media-release

Cordaway-logo-xl

To be Kid-Safe, it’s really simple. Fit a Cordaway Device and ensure real safety for your family. Available soon.

Cordaway – Purchase here now and ensure your child’s safety.

Cordaway is a NEW BLIND CORD SAFETY DEVICE. Unlike cleats, which are exposed, Cordaway has sufficient room to store the FULL CORD and is then protected by a SNAP ON cover. You can order yours now by simply clicking on SHOP here on this page. ($9.60 each plus shipping) https://shop.cordaway.com.au/

Cordaway in window.jpg

Blind cord fatalities continue worldwide unabated. The solution from both legislators and manufacturers alike is to create new cordless blinds. But the reality is that millions upon millions of corded blinds already exist in countless homes here in Australia and in other countries.

Children under 5 years are particularly vulnerable. It takes less than a minute for a child to be asphyxiated when tangled in a blind cord. LESS THAN ONE MINUTE. Unfortunately children are still succumbing to such strangulations. Even those rescued are often left with permanent brain damage.

Cordaway in Window 2.jpg

Rented properties, older homes and in many cases where young families are socially disadvantaged or ‘starting out’ often are fitted with these blinds. It is legally required in all Australian States that such blinds are fitted with ‘safety devices’. Usually that is a 15c ineffective cleat made of plastic fitted 1.6 m from the floor.

With Venetian and plantation style blinds the cleat simply does not capture the whole of the blind cord. The solution is to add more cleats. These are exposed. Children from 5 upwards can easily unwind them and often do, to the detriment of their younger siblings.

The Cordaway device is purpose designed. It has much bigger internal hooks (cleats) fixed to a backing plate that is fitted to the window architrave or wall. Wind the cord on and it is fully enclosed once the snap on cover is fitted. It’s a simple easy procedure for an adult. It’s somewhat more difficult for children and quite the deterrent.

So don’t delay. Buy now. You can either SHOP here on Facebook (use the Shop button on this page) or you can purchase via our website here. The units cost $9.60 each.

Be safe, be sure. Make your home safe with Cordaway. Your children deserve it!

Cordaway – the safest way to store blind cords.

Blind Safety – Northern Ireland or Australia. It’s the same.

It takes only seconds for a toddler to lose their life on a blind cord – make your home safe!

The dangers associated with blind cords are highlighted in a video launched last year by the Public Health Agency (PHA), in association with local councils in Northern Ireland, to encourage everyone to make their home blind cord safe.

Dr Michael McBride, Chief Medical Officer for Northern Ireland, said: “Home accidents can easily be prevented by being aware of the dangers and hazards that are present in the home environment and putting in place interventions to minimise the risks.

“Internal window blinds can pose a big risk to children between the ages of 16 months and 36 months. In Northern Ireland there have been three blind cord deaths in the past three years and at least 31 children have died in the UK since 1999.

“The video aims to highlight the dangers of looped blind cords and look at ways in which blind cord injuries and deaths can be reduced.

“We would say to all adults, go around your home and:

  • examine every blind. If they have a looped control chain or cord and do not have a safety device fitted, then you can easily install one;
  • ensure that all operating blind cords and chains cannot be reached by children (In Australia by law the safety device must be 1.6m high off the floor)
  • move cots, beds and any furniture away from windows and blinds – remember children love to climb;
  • when buying a new blind, always look for one that does not contain cords, has concealed cords or has an in-built safety device and that complies with the new European Standards.”

Dr McBride continued: “New blinds are covered by improved European safety legislation that came into force in 2014, meaning they have been rigorously tested and if appropriate would have a chain break connector where the chain will break if any pressure is applied. However many homes have blinds fitted before this so it is important to check them all.”

Mary Black, Assistant Director of Health and Social Wellbeing Improvement with the Public Health Agency, said: “It is impossible to watch over our children 24 hours a day, so it is essential that we take time to make the home environment as safe as possible.

“As the video highlights, it can take as little as seconds for a toddler to lose their life after becoming entangled in a window blind cord or chain. Simple steps – such as securing cords and chains with safety devices and keeping furniture away from windows so that children cannot climb on them – can help prevent deaths. It is important that parents, relatives and carers check their homes and proactively take steps to make sure that children are kept safe.

“Don’t leave it until it is too late – taking simple steps to make our homes safer for children is the best way to help prevent accidents,” concluded Mary.

Marcus Potts, Chair of Environmental Health NI at Ards and North Down Council, said: “We are delighted to be working in partnership with the Public Health Agency to raise awareness of blind cord safety. The death of young children as a result of entanglement in looped blind cords is a particularly distressing type of accident. Joint effort is needed to ensure that looped blind cords are kept out of the reach of children.”

To view the video visit www.nidirect.gov.uk/blind-cord-safety

Source: publichealth.hscni.net

For further information on Blind Safety visit Cordaway, the cord safety device that works.

Cordaway – Your loved ones deserve real protection, real safety

When parents experience the joys of welcoming a new child into this world, there is also this huge new responsibility. A precious new life, a new crib, new clothes, a nursery. Pretty soon it’s a year gone bye. Baby is starting to become adventurous – standing in their cot, looking out the window inquisitive.

By two they’re mobile. Move the cot away from the window. Make sure the blind cords are out of reach.

Stop the video right here. In up to 50% of older housing stock in Australia there are venetian blinds – with dangling unprotected cords. Add to this the thousands upon thousands of the very popular wooden plantation blinds sold through the mid 2000s up until today – again all with long dangling cords. Quite simply these represent serious safety risks to young children – strangulation is unfortunately a very real possibility. Realistically it’s a definite risk for all children aged up to 6-7 years of age. It takes but a short period – less than a minute for the child to lose consciousness. After 30-40 seconds, the risk is asphyxiation resulting in death or permanent brain damage.

ht_blinds_kids_composite_lf_151106_12x5_1600.jpg

A plastic cleat may seem more attractive but in reality it’s probably limited in its safety application and easily accessed without an external cover.

‘Cordaway’ provides enough space to take the full blind cord. It is then protected by a childproof snap-on cover. The Cordaway device is 230mm high, 45mm wide and 28mm deep. It is attractive and was designed and then approved by Industrial Designers and Interior Designers. It is unobtrusive and yet completely contains the cords in a manner where they are inaccessible to small children. Only an adult will comfortably remove the outer cover. And consider at 1.6m from floor level the device is out of a small child’s reach fixed to the window architrave or wall. It is functional and fits in with modern decor.

cropped-wp-banner-use1.jpg

Once your children have reached safe age and you are confident of their awareness and common sense, it is a simple job to remove the Cordaway device if you desire. Simply fill up the screwholes and repaint the architraves.

Cordaway-logo-xl

To be Kid-Safe, it’s really simple. Fit a Cordaway Device and ensure real safety for your family. Available soon.

Blind cord safety – What you need to know

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.

wp-banner-use-cropped to fit

About blinds and 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.

child-blind-cord-safety

 

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.

141010-window-blind-cords-2336_60c2824a47addb695d259e698e1426d5.nbcnews-fp-1240-520

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 Saves Toddlers’ and Small Children’s Lives.

If you have small children – pre-school, primary school aged children or are visited by young children – grandparents, uncles and aunties – or you run a café or small business with exposed blind cords – then Cordaway is the right choice in fail-safe safety devices for protecting children and pets from harmful blind cords.

wp-banner-use-cropped to fit

Other devices used on Venetian Blinds, Roman Blinds and other corded interior blinds are generally ineffective, fiddly or not child proof. Cleats for large blinds simply do not accept the full length of the blind cords. Older children often untie them and do not replace the cord back on the cleat when finished, exposing toddlers to extreme danger. Half measures like tying the cords off or cutting off the bottom section are anything but foolproof – when the blind is fully drawn to the pelmet, the cords will still reach the floor.

Cordaway follows the prescription of the law. The device is fitted 1.6m above floor level. The blind cord can be fully wound onto the wall mounted hook plate (3 hooks per plate) then closed off with a snap-on cover.

Watch the video here:

The video demonstrates that the cords are safely stored.

Buy this week and receive our 2 for 1 offer (Limited to 2 units). Priced at $9.60 plus shipping, it’s a very wise investment. Easy to install, Cordaway provides Parents and carers with real peace of mind.

Click here to visit our shop and make your purchases

Cordaway – Real Safety, real peace of mind.

Mum warns of dangers of blind cords after son almost strangled on playdate

7a9f09d59d7b5b7843184c50f5f68fed

A play date nearly ended in tragedy after a toddler trapped himself in the cord of window blinds in a café .

Toddlers can get themselves caught in deadly situations in the blink of an eye.

That’s what this mother experienced when her son got trapped in the cord from the window blinds while out on a playdate

Author of The Troublesome Tokley’s has warned of the dangers of window fixture cords after her three-year-old boy got caught with a rope wound tightly around his throat.

The mum-of-four shared a post on her Facebook page, calling for parents to “please be aware”.

The self-confessed “helicopter parent”, of her son with cerebral palsy, who bumps and scrapes himself regularly, did not expect the terrible fright she got on Friday, August 12.

She warned the day’s play date could have ended in tragedy.

“Today I could have lost my Zayden,” she wrote ominously.

She had been watching her boys play ‘building’ on a veranda when a near-disaster struck.

aeaa68ed71f1c06d2f71cbd3a0d669e7

“I hang around as they play, not just to make sure are playing nicely and safe, but Zayden also gets hurt often due to his cerebral palsy, hence the chipped teeth and constant bruising,” she wrote.

“We were watching them play outside, being kids, having fun, they were ‘building’, banging things against the veranda posts and vibrations must have made a hook come out.”

After the hook was removed, the cord from the café blinds dropped and trapped little Zayden. He stepped into it and turned, and panicked causing the rope to tighten around his neck as he tried stepping a few steps closer towards his mum.

But the scared little boy was yanking the chord in the wrong directions.

“In a fright, Zayden was tangled and pulling,” she wrote.

Proof that accidents can happen all too quickly, the mum was watching as it happened and was able to free Zayden within seconds. But those brief seconds were long enough for the cord to cause noticeable bruising.

The damage of the tight chord can be seen on the youngster’s neck in photos posted to Facebook four hours after the terrifying ordeal. She feared what would have happen if she wasn’t so close by.

“If I wasn’t watching, it could be too late,” she wrote.

As a reminder to all parents, she told them to watch their children, and also their child’s surroundings.

“It was seconds I was watching him and he’s still been left with bruising to not only his neck, but broken blood vessels. We have been told to watch for signs of bruising to the windpipe,” she also wrote.

A day after her warning on Facebook, Zayden had recovered well apart from the faint marks still on his neck.

“Doctors were happy that delayed swelling didn’t occur in his sleep. He is eating, drinking, flirting away like normal,” she wrote.

The worried mum also thanked her followers for the support, as it took her many hours to fall asleep after the traumatic incident.

One woman responded that she was so lucky to be there watching her son.

“l’m so glad it didn’t end tragically,” she wrote. “ Things can go wrong so very quickly. I work in childcare and know how important constant supervision is.”

Source: kidspot.com.au

Cordaway-logo-xl

Don’t take risks with your child’s safety. Cordaway – The safest option for Blind Cords.

Cordaway Blind Cord Safety Device – Buy Now!

Cordaway is the best Child Safety Device available to protect young children from strangulation and asphyxiation due to internal Blind Cords

Cordaway contains the whole cord mechanism within a snap on cover, virtually impossible for little hands to dislodge.

The Cordaway Team are in the final stages of securing the approval of a major child safety organisation and brand here in Australia. It is an Australian patented Invention and manufactured here in Australia.

Buy now. Click on the Buy Now button on this page and order your Cordaway devices now. $9.60 plus shipping or cheaper for 5 units or above.

Cordaway – the Blind Cord Safety Solution.

shutterstock_140076994 2

Here is one of many tragic reports on the needless death of a child.

Damascus toddler dies after caught in drapery cord

Police say they believe incident was accidental

Damascus resident Evelyn Kwofie was on duty as a nurse in the Intensive Care Unit at Northwest Hospital in Baltimore when her 31-month-old toddler was found entangled in a drapery cord at her home Sunday afternoon.

He was pronounced dead at the hospital a short time later.

Reached at home Monday, she said the family is still trying to absorb the tragedy.

“I’m always the one comforting families,” she said.

She thanked the community for its support.

Thapelo Andre Kwofie was home with his father and an older brother at about 3 p.m. when he was found unconscious in the family room, Evelyn Kwofie said.

Family members began cardiopulmonary resuscitation and called 911, county police reported. When police arrived at the townhouse in the unit block of Valley Park Court they found the boy unresponsive, police spokesman Capt. Paul Starks said.

The Fire and Rescue Service transported the boy to Shady Grove Adventist Hospital in Rockville. Police say they believe the death was accidental. The boy’s body was taken to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in Baltimore for an autopsy.

Thapelo, who the family called “Thapi,” was their miracle child, Kwofie said.

After years of hoping for another child, he finally came along, nearly 10 years after his brother, Kojo, 12. Thapelo means “prayer” in one of the dialects of South Africa, she said.

636485881432073432-XXX-blinds008

“We prayed for all the years for a child and he came along,” Kwofie said.

She and her husband, Andrew, also have a 6-month-old daughter, Ashanti.

Thapi was a happy child, smart, vibrant and energetic, she said. He had just learned his colors and was ready to go to preschool in the spring.

About once a month, a child between 7 months and 10 years old dies from window-cord strangulation and another child suffers a near strangulation, according to an alert posted Monday on the Rockville-based U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission Web site.

“Children can wrap window covering cords around their necks or can pull cords that are not clearly visible but are accessible and become entangled in the loops. These incidents happen quickly and silently,” the alert states.

The commission calls window coverings with cords one of the top five hidden hazards in the home. It has recalled more than five million window coverings, including Roman shades, roller and roll-up blinds, and vertical and horizontal blinds, in recent years.

The commission recommends the use of cordless window coverings in all homes where children live or visit.

Most window blinds sold before November 2000 have inner cords for raising the slats of the blinds that form a loop in which the child’s neck can become entangled.

Risks to children can be reduced by cutting the loops of older window cords, putting on safety tassels and moving furniture away from blind cords.

Source: gazette.net

Cordaway-logo-xl

Don’t take risks with your child’s safety. Cordaway – The safest option for Blind Cords.

The Cordaway Blind Cord Safety Device – Your First and Only Choice

child-blind-cord-safety

Your child’s safety is paramount. Nothing comes before it. And to ensure you have complete peace of mind with internal blind cords and the safety of your child always fit the Cordaway Blind Cord Safety Device.

Only Cordaway takes the full length of any blind cord, whether for Venetians, Plantation or Roman Blinds.

Only Cordaway has a snap-on cover.

Only Cordaway makes it impossible for mischievous young hands and fingers to unravel those same cords from simple cleat devices.Each year up to 20 children either die or suffer serious injury from Blind Cord strangulation in Australia alone.

Screen Shot 2018-05-04 at 3.28.32 pm

Don’t take chances. Buy now.

Single units – $9.60 ea plus shipping.

Multiple units (up to 10) – $8.60 ea plus shipping.

Here’s an article from Seriously Kids on Blind Cord Safety…

Blind/curtain cord hazards

Physical1-150x150.jpgLoose blind/curtain cords are considered dangerous to young children because they present a strangulation hazard.

Discussing ways to prevent more tragedies was imperative as generally most homes will have curtains, blinds or window dressings that have cords/chains of some sort and so there was the introduction of the national mandatory standard.

The standard applies to all corded internal window coverings supplied from 30 December 2010.

At least 15 children die in Australia as a result of being strangled by blind or curtain cords each year.

The number is closer to 200+ in the USA and in the UK alone at least 1 child per month dies from this tragic accident.

Mandatory national standards were introduced to reduce injuries and accidents.

The mandatory standard stipulates that corded internal window coverings must have warning labels that highlight the strangulation hazard to children and that corded internal window coverings must be accompanied by installation instructions.

If there are cords with the window coverings then they need to remain firmly attached to a wall or other structure specified in the installation instructions.

While the introduction of the national standard set the guidelines for companies to follow to reduce incidents but we too can do some simple steps in the home to protect our children and prevent tragedy, especially if the window coverings you have are before the new national standard came into effect.

Top tips:

  • When buying new curtains and blinds being aware of the safety requirements such as aforementioned warning labels to remind you of the potential dangers.
  • They should operate without any exposed cords/chains.
  • Blinds should provide a way to secure any cords or chains. This should be without the option for loops or strands that they can not be reached by children AT ALL.
  • Immediately tie cords out of reach after using them.
  • Make sure that you constantly check that there are no loose or looped cords. You may always remember but someone else may have opened them and forgotten so remain vigilant.
  • Purchase products such as tensioning devices to help in the safety of your blind/curtains.
  • Always use the correct securing products. Using products such as double sided tape is not applicable. There is the real risk of it not staying secured at all times. It also potentially provides a false sense of security that they are securely fastened.
  • Don’t let your children play near or with them.
  • Never leave them alone in a room. Supervision helps to prevent most accidents. This is no exception.
  • Move anything that your child could move to use to climb up to reach the cords away.
  • Ensure your child’s bed/cot, highchair, etc is not placed near a window. Blinds that are tied around a cleat can still be untied by a child.

Source: seriouslykids.com.au

Don’t take risks with your child’s safety. Cordaway – The safest option for Blind Cords.

Cordaway Blind Cord Safety Device – BUY NOW

The Cordaway Device ensures a safe, protected environment for toddlers and small children. This patented device takes the full length of your hanging blind cords and ensures they are enclosed, safe from prying little hands. The snap-on cover located 1.6m off the floor is almost impossible for any young child to dislodge.

At $9.60, it’s well worth the money to guarantee your child’s safety.

Click here to order your Cordaway Device/s now

Watch the video and discover how simple it really is to protect your children.

Perhaps this article is somewhat sobering, but the reality is, it’s unfortunately very true.

Window Blind Cords: The Child Hazard in Plain Sight

A new study finds that injuries and deaths from window covering cord strangulation continue to occur throughout the US, raising awareness for the only true prevention measure to protect your children: Going cordless.

On October 17, 2013, Erin Shero of Hixson, Tennessee, was at home with her 23-month-old son, Colton, and stepped out of the family room to fix him a snack. When she returned, she thought her son had fallen asleep beneath the window. “Upon getting closer to him, I touched him and his little head rolled and I was able to see the window blind cord underneath his neck,” she recalls. She untangled Colton from the cord, called 911, and began performing CPR. Paramedics arrived and brought him to the hospital, where her toddler was pronounced dead.

go_cordless_window_blinds

A preventable problem

Colton is one of too many children who have been victim to window covering cord strangulation—a preventable accident that many parents don’t even realize is a safety concern. But the US Consumer Product Safety Commission lists window covering cords as one of the top five hidden hazards in the home. “I didn’t know about children dying in window cord blinds prior to this and I had already raised four other children, so we had all of the safety precautions already in place—or so I thought,” Shero says.

A new study published in the journal Pediatrics highlights the problem these window covering cords continue to be. “We looked at 26 years of data from 1990 through 2015 for this study, and found that almost 17,000 children under six years of age were treated in hospital emergency departments in the US for window blind-related injuries, averaging almost two per day,” senior study author Gary Smith, MD, DrPH, director of the Center for Injury Research and Policy at Nationwide Children’s Hospital tells Parents.com. “While the majority of children were treated and released, there was about one child death each month—most from strangulation when a child became entangled by the neck in a window blind cord.” And that’s just the children who made it to the ER.

Since 2010, the CPSC has recommended the use of cordless window coverings, as children are at risk from pull cords, looped cords and chains, inner cords, and lifting loops for roll-up blinds. “It’s not something that you’re going to look at as a danger,” says Leslie Wentz of Plain City, Utah, who lost her daughter Abbigale to window blind cord strangulation in September 2006. But these recommendations are not enough, especially because they rely on consumers to take action. “These child deaths are unacceptable because we have known about this problem since the 1940s,” Dr. Smith says. “What we need now is for manufacturers to simply eliminate accessible cords in all of their products, including custom blinds and shades.”

The need for change

Industry change is starting to happen. In 2017, the Window Covering Manufacturers Association (WCMA) proposed adopting new industry standards. “The WCMA along with the Consumer Product Safety Commission and fellow safety advocates are doing their best to require that all stock products, both online and in stores, are either cordless or have inaccessible cords,” says Katie Christopher, the in-house designer and a blind-safety expert at Blindsgalore. “These new standards are currently awaiting approval from the American National Standards Institute.”

But what about blinds and shades that are already in homes? “Any unsafe window treatments in your home should be replaced with an updated product,” Christopher says. In the meantime, she advises to cut any looped pull cords to create individual cords, and to install inner cord stops to prevent them from being pulled out. However, individual cords (even those with safety tassels) can still get tangled together, which is how Shero’s son Colton died. And inner-cord stoppers aren’t compatible with all window coverings.

Shorter cords are also not the answer. Curious children—especially older kids—can easily climb up and reach them. Tension devices that prevent slack from a looped cord can’t always be installed on all windows, and it’s not good enough to wrap a pull cord around a cleat. Any cord kids can gain access to (even those hidden inside roman shades) is a threat.

What to do now

Bottom line: Get those corded blinds and shades replaced ASAP. When shopping for window coverings, look for safety certified products by the WCMA. “The ‘Best for Kids’ label can be currently found on all products that have been certified safe in homes with small children,” Christopher says.

In addition, the nonprofit Parents for Window Blind Safety developed another safety testing program. Products that pass their certification are labeled “Lab Tested, Mom Approved,” so you can look for their seal of approval as well. “Designing the hazard out of these products and changing the consumers’ mindset about window covering safety is the only way these deaths will end,” says founder Linda Kaiser, whose daughter Cheyenne Rose died from entanglement. “Since her death, over 160 children have died and nearly 150 more have been severely injured. These are preventable accidents as long as parents have the correct information.” To this end, Parents for Window Blind Safety released a PSA to alert parents to the risks.

You might think you can keep a close enough eye on your kids to prevent entanglements, but no parents can watch their kids 24/7. “Accidents happen when parents are cooking dinner, folding laundry, aiding other children or while parents think children are asleep.” Linda Kaiser says.

Cord incidents are usually silent, as the child can’t call for help when his airway is cut off, and strangulation can happen in minutes. “Young children are quick, curious, and unable to recognize danger,” Dr. Smith says. “As a pediatric emergency medicine physician, I often have heard these words when a parent brings their injured child into the emergency department: ‘Doctor, I turned my head for a minute, and it happened so quickly, I did not have time to stop it.'” The best way to stop entanglement is to replace the blinds and shades that pose this very avoidable hazard.

Source: parents.com

Cordaway is the most effective Blind Cord Safety Device on the market.

It’s simple, it’s effective and you don’t need to replace those blinds.

Make your house safe for children now.

Buy Cordaway.