Concern Grows Over Window Blind Safety
By ANDREW MARTIN
Published: April 20, 2011 by the New York Times
On an idyllic August day in 2009, Kathleen Leeson took her children to church, fed them leftover pizza and planned to take them to the park.
But before they left, she decided to put her 2-year-old foster son, Angel, down for a nap. A short time later, her daughter came out of the bedroom and announced that Angel was “sleeping in the window with something around his neck.”
Ms. Leeson, who lives in Montgomery Village, Md., found him lifeless and hanging an inch off the floor, with a window-blind cord wrapped around his neck. “I was screaming his name and shaking him, and the realization hit me, ‘Oh my God. This can’t be happening.’ ”
For the last 25 years or so, manufacturers of window blinds have installed safety features and offered tips to parents to try to minimize the dangers from their products. Even so, children like Angel continue to strangle on the cords with grim regularity, an average of one a month.
Now, prodded by a Missouri mother whose daughter was strangled in a window blind, the Consumer Product Safety Commission has asked manufacturers to devise a way to eliminate the risks from window cords or perhaps face mandatory regulations. Critics of the industry complain that manufacturers have dragged their feet on addressing safety hazards for decades, making minor tweaks or putting the onus on parents to shorten cords or buy tie-down devices. Until recently, regulators have done little to crack down, they say. Read More about Blind Safety
Linda Kaiser began a support group after one of her twins died in a window blind accident. Her group and others want manufacturers to eliminate the dangers from hanging cords and loops typically found on household blinds. Go to Parents for Window Blind Safety
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