Window Treatment Recall–What to Do?

By: Allison Millar, Contributing Writer
In: In the news, Necessary home improvements
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Window blinds and shades. These are pretty common window treatments that you probably have in your family room, kitchen, bedrooms…somewhere. In recent years, we’ve seen articles about how to make window blinds safe for kids, but this week’s news was a blockbuster. Following the strangulation deaths of several children, thre’s been a massive window treatment recall–to the tune of 50 million window treatments.

So, obviously it’s not enough to just keep the window blinds away from a baby’s crib or tuck the cords up high next to your toddler’s window. You’ve got to be diligent about inspecting the window blinds and making sure the cords can’t come out.

To start, take a look at the details on the window treatment recall.

Inspect Your Window Treatments

Then, inspect all your window treatments–today. Don’t wait until this news fades from the headlines. The deaths occurred when children put their necks between the exposed inner cord on the back of the blind or pulled out the cord and wrapped it around their neck. Scary stuff, but what else can you do?

  • Check each window treatment. Make sure the cords are not accessible. If you have Roman or roll-up shades with accessible cords (or, you’re just not sure!) go to the Window Covering Safety Council or call 800-506-4636 for a free repair kit.
  • Keep cribs, beds, and furniture away from the windows and, thus, the window treatments.
  • As a backup measure, teach your toddlers about the danger, as their age allows.
  • Before leaving a child with a daycare provider or babysitter, ask about their window treatments and inspect them.

Window Treatment Recall: The History

The industry has been aware of this issue for years, with manufacturers making modification to their window treatments in recent years. Hopefully this recall is the last we need. For some history, check out this parent’s 7-year crusade to get these window treatments corrected. Heartbreaking.

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  1. 3 Responses to “Window Treatment Recall–What to Do?”

  2. Jacqueline
    Dec 17, 2009

    I really appreciate this action list! So much of the news has been confusing about this window blind recall, and your post did a great job outlining steps that I can take today to be sure my little ones are safe. Thank you!

  3. tamika
    Dec 17, 2009

    Thanks for the tips, Allison. Great article. I actually had a near death experience in my crib and almost strangled myself while trying to climb onto the window sill. Luckily my mom came in as my sister (whose crib was next to mine) started screaming. My mom tells the story still — she’d never been so scared in her life. She removed the legs from both of our cribs that day (not sure why she thought this was the best solution).

  4. Allison Millar
    Dec 23, 2009

    Wow. Sorry to hear that. Thanks for sharing with the group.

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