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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.
This past week I went on vacation to the lake. We rented a nice cabin that had deadly cords all over the place.
I have a 16 month old little girl who is in to EVERYTHING!
So of course I couldn’t even begin to relax until I figured out a way to make these window coverings safe before I did anything else. I ran to Walmart and bought some cloth spins.
I went around to each window and used cloths pins to pin up the cords out of my little girls reach. I created a very short video on how to get the cords out of your child’s reach temporarily. This worked for Roman shades and for corded roll up shades. This could also work for corded horizontal blinds, however if those blinds don’t include inner cord stoppers, you still have a problem.
Below is the short video I recorded so you can learn to really relax on your vacation with your children.
See this video to understand what inner cord stoppers are and how they don’t always work.
Hopefully after seeing this video, you will be able to RELAX with your kiddos on vacation. Just don’t forget the cloths pins. Also, if you ever have any questions about safety, feel free to email us at info (AT) pfwbs.org
03 Jul / Deadly Nursery Designs……
Yesterday I was online surfing the web for some girls nursery ideas to help me plan for my daughters nursery. After viewing countless images I came across the pictures below. Most of these were designed professionally.
Okay, so you get my point? Not only should we be educating parents, but also there are a lot of designers and professionals that are just as oblivious to the dangers of window covering cords. We at PFWBS would be more than happy to help educate by attending online seminars, giving safety talks, or helping your company educate it’s employees. If you are interested, please contact us at email@example.com
If you know a designer or window covering professional, please pass this blog post along to them.
Have a great holiday and keep yourself cool!
Founder of PFWBS
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.
Friday a 5 year old boy nearly strangled to death from the cords of a window blind.
Today I was at Big Lots looking around and found this roll up window blind.
If you have these type of shades in your home, please remove them and replace them with something cord-free! For more information about what these type of shades look like, please see our video section of our website.
25 Jan / Window Cord Wind-Up Product Review
Hello world. Today we are publishing our product review video for window cord wind up devices. These are sold at many retail stores across the nation.