A Word of Caution About Kids and Cords

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The window covering industry is making a national push this month to urge parents with young children and grandparents to repair or replace their older corded blinds and shades with safer products. Keeping kids safe is the number one priority. Since 1994, the Window Covering Safety Council has worked with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission to address child strangulation concerns.

Ms. Lloyd recommends that cords made before 2001 be replaced with new updated products with safety features like permanently attached tie-downs. Many older blinds and shades have cords you can retrofit to reduce strangulation hazards.