Window Blinds Pose a Danger to Kids
From 1990 to 2015, 271 U.S. child deaths and about 16,827 injuries requiring emergency medical treatment have been attributed to window blinds, according to a study conducted by researchers at the Center for Injury Research and Policy at Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Ohio. The numbers came from two U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) databases – the National Electronic Injury Surveillance System and the In-Depth Investigation database.
According to the researchers, about 61.6 percent of the injuries occurred in boys under age 6 and the average age was 2.6 years. About 65.3 percent of the injuries involved the head region and slightly less than half of the children were struck by the blinds. Nearly all of the deaths were strangulations caused by entanglement in a blinds’ cord. About 67 percent of reported entanglements resulted in death.
Current safety standards for blinds, shades, and other window treatments are voluntary. But the CPSC supports mandatory safety standards that require all window coverings to be cordless or designed in a way to ensure young children cannot access the cords.