Owners of Roman-style shades and roll-up blinds are being advised that their blinds may be a serious risk to children. The Consumer Product Safety Commission is saying that since 2006, five deaths and 16 near strangulations have been reported, and three deaths have been connected to roll-up blinds since 2001. Consequentially, 50 million blinds are being recalled.
Walmart, Pottery Barn, JCPenny are amongst several major retailers participating in this recall. The CPSC is warning the industry and parents to take a look at all shades and blinds in the home to make sure that they don’t have any accessible cords that children can get too, and that these blinds are not placed near cribs, a child’s bed or any furniture that kids can use to climb on to and reach the cords.
Free retrofit kits are being offered for Roman shades and roll-up blinds by going to www.windowcoverings.org or by calling 1-800-506-4636.
(Via the Baltimore Sun)