Non profit child safety initiative announces a day of remembrance and a little girl’s message
For Immediate Release Minneapolis MN: A 501-C (3) non profit foundation called the Awareness of Blind Cord Safety Foundation or the ABC’s has just announced that June 2nd will be recognized as “Awareness of Blind Cord Safety Day”.
The foundation, which started as a grassroots child safety initiative, has played a major role in creating “informed communities” by connecting with child care facilities and various window covering manufacturers to facilitate the collaboration of cordless window coverings to day care and childcare centers. These awareness events help teach the important message of keeping loose, dangling blind cords out of hands of children. The ABC’s goal is to make sure as many people as possible are aware and the safest option is to only have cordless and ’safe for kids’ blinds in environments where children live or frequent.
Rick Carlan, Vice President of the foundation believes that awareness is the key. “Should everyone know of the potential hazard that blind cords can have, only then will the danger have no choice but to reduce itself”. Our message is simple says Carlan, “…find and teach people that don’t know, because it’s the ’not knowing’ that is the bigger issue.“
June 2nd is being named as Awareness of Blind Cord Safety Day after Weslea Teraberry, who would have been celebrating her twelfth birthday this June 2. Weslea is the daughter of Chantal Teraberry, the president of the ABC foundation. Teraberry says ”We lost Weslea when she was four years old in 2008 to the chain of a vertical blind when we were stationed on a military base in North Carolina.As parents we took all of the standard safety precautions but this one got passed me. The problem is that window blinds are not a standard safety issue that is common knowledge.Moving forward and knowing that cordless is best, and if cordless isn’t an option right now, how to make your blinds safer for all children, is my ultimate wish.“
When asked how can having an awareness day help, Carlan said ” If everyone we reach just puts a little something on their Facebook, or other social media, about our message or this special day, that is the most we could ask for.”
Happy Awareness of Blind Cord Safety Day…June 2nd just might have the wheels to save a child’s life. Please share #abcsafety