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A big applaud to CPSC for their letter on safety to the Department of Defense warning military housing partners of the dangers of corded window coverings.
CPSC has record of at least 10 or more deaths and injuries over the past few decades on military housing facilities and rented homes. PFWBS wrote letters along with families who had lost their children asking for something to be done on military bases. Articles were written about our concern with military housing authorities unsafe environments for our soldiers. http://news.consumerreports.org/safety/2010/12/safety-crusader-linda-kaiser-fights-to-prevent-window-blind-strangulation.html
Typically soldiers who live on post are not allowed to modify their blinds or they face fines. They must keep a uniform appearance in housing which means they can’t remove their hazardous blinds. See this link below as to how blinds are to be kept and cleaned for inspections.
Brandyn lost his life Sept 11 2009.
Connor lost his life in 2005 on an AirForce Base.
Ashley will never walk, talk or play like she used to.
We at Parents for Window Blind Safety would like to see the Department of Defense NOT ONLY “WARN” parents of the dangers but REMOVE the dangerous window coverings from base housing and rental homes. No parent can keep an eye on their children every hour of every day. We sleep, we cook, we use the restroom, we bathe. Please help us keep our soldiers homes safe by sharing this post and contacting your local military post asking for dangerous window coverings to be removed.
We wanted to share this post with the world in order to create more awareness of the hazards of window covering cords. Not all children die. Some live through the accident such as this little girl, Ashley.
26 Oct / Girl brain damaged from blind cords
A toddler was left brain damaged after she accidentally hung herself on a window blind cord in her bedroom.
Catara was a healthy 3 year old child July 4th, 2007. She could color, sing, and give her Mommy and Daddy hugs and kisses. Catara could laugh, show off her new cloths and run circles around her little brother.