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FREE Child Safety Kit - 3Day Blinds
FREE Child Safety Kit - 3Day Blinds
Window coverings are one of the products most frequently associated with strangulation of children under five. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and the Window Covering Safety Council are aware of at least 161 deaths since 1991 from children becoming entangled in the cords of window coverings.
The younger victims, usually between 10 to 15 months of age, typically are in cribs which have been placed near window covering pull cords. Although a few older children, usually from two to four years old, find cords hanging near the floor, most of these victims become entangled in cords while climbing on furniture to look out the window.
Entanglement and strangulation can occur when a child is alone in a room for only a short time.
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission strongly recommends you repair or replace mini blinds and other corded window coverings purchased before 2001 with safer products now available. Christopher Lowell, the spokesman for the CPSC on window coverings, recorded a Public Service Announcement explaining the hazards of window coverings for children.
Watch the CPSC Public Service Announcement
All products manufactured by 3 Day Blinds are in conformance with the voluntary American National Standards Institute (ANSI) standard for corded window covering products.
At 3 Day Blinds, child safety is a major concern. Since 1995, the window coverings industry has been focused on creating products that are safe for children, and 3 Day Blinds is a leader in this mission. For years, we have attached a cord stop on our products to ensure that the inner cords on horizontal blinds cannot be pulled far enough to be looped around a childs neck and cause possible strangulation. We also have individual cords instead of loops on regular head rail systems, and cord cleats for these cords to tie around, instead of hanging loose. For continuous cord loop head rail systems and for vertical blinds, we have a tension pulley system which is mounted to the wall or window sill to hold the cords taught and prevent children from getting entangled in them. Since 3 Day Blinds inception, each of the installation instructions shipped with our blinds contains a warning regarding the possible hazards of young children and the cords of the product.
On October 1, 2003, 3 Day Blinds introduced the Cordless Blinds Lifting System. This cordless option is available on the Solaire Privacy Blind at no additional charge. To see a pictorial display of how the blind works or download the operating instructions on video, click here.
Todays window covering products need just a few, simple adjustments to make them safer for young children.
The CPSC and the Window Covering Safety Council urge parents to eliminate the looping two-corded horizontal blinds, pleated and cellular shades, as well as vertical blinds and draperies with continuous loop systems. 3 Day Blinds offers horizontal and vertical retrofit kits at no charge, both in our showrooms and online. You can also download the instructions for retrofitting horizontal and vertical blinds online.
Keep all windows covering cords out of the reach of children. Unless the cords can be completely removed from a child's reach, the CPSC recommends against knotting or tying the cords together which creates a new loop for a child to become entangled.
When ordering window coverings, try to get the shortest cords possible. For blinds and draperies which require a continuous loop to function properly, use a cord cleat to fasten the pulley to the wall or window casing.
Never put a crib or young childs bed near a window. Even if you have guards on the windows, the temptation to investigate cords from hanging window coverings is strong for a young child.
Because young children climb, never put a chair, sofa, bench or even a bookcase near a window with a dangling cord. Children can climb on furniture, play with cords or chains and could become entangled.
Simon Safety is a life-sized character created by 3 Day Blinds, designed to promote safety through appearances at grand openings, home shows and other special events. The Simon Safety program also has a coloring and activity book for children. You may print pages of the coloring book here.
3 Day Blinds also sponsors the Childrens Hospital of Orange County (CHOC) Mobile Safety House, which is a recreated mobile house designed to prevent household injuries. 3 Day Blinds participates in the annual CHOC Walk, where we distribute materials to increase awareness of the dangers of window coverings for children.
To report incidents or injuries relating to a consumer product, consumers should call the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission's toll-free hotline number at (800) 638-2772. A teletypewriter for the hearing impaired is available at (800) 638-8270. Consumers can obtain recall information and report product hazards online at http://www.cpsc.gov.