It’s October and as many Americans raise their blinds and shades and open their windows to let in the cool breeze of autumn, CPSC warns of dangers associated with corded window coverings.

Window blinds, shades, draperies and other window coverings with cords are associated with the strangulation death of about one child a month. Imagine that. Now imagine that this tragic hazard can be stopped.

Here’s how:

Examine all shades and blinds for accessible cords on the front, side and back.
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[post_thumbnail]Tie ‘em up is risky. It gives parents a false sense of security. Cords can, and do, get tangled. Sometimes, this happens after parents tie the cords up to childproof the cords.

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Sadly, a young child is likely to die this month, strangled by a window covering cord. The question is: Could that corded window covering be in your house?

The stories we’re about to tell you are tragic, and they are all too real. Both incidents happened earlier this year. Read the stories below, and then look at EVERY window covering in your house. If you have young children around and you see accessible cords ANYWHERE on your window coverings, take heed.

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(Read the transcript or watch in Windows Media format)

Are your window coverings safe? Today, CPSC is announcing the recall of ALL (over 50 million) Roman shades and roll-up blinds by the Window Covering Safety Council and other companies. All of these products have a similar deadly hazard, young children can strangle when their neck gets trapped in exposed cords. For a complete list of the recalls and to obtain a free repair kit, please visit our web site at http://www.cpsc.gov. (…)

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