To raise awareness for child safety, the ABC’s, along with Hunter Douglas installed over 30 LiteRise shades at “The Neighborhood center” , a child care facility in Utica, NY.
“Marine Mom addresses nation on Window Covering Safety Awareness”
An American advocacy group is encouraging Canada’s health and safety leaders to create more awareness around window blinds following the near-death of a 20-month-old boy in Cooksville last week.
Chantal Teraberry, a Barrie woman who lost her 4-year-old daughter in 2008, has started an online campaign called ABC (Awareness of Blind Cords) at http://abcsafety.tumblr.com.
“I didn’t know this type of thing happened; I never knew that window blind cords are, in fact, one of the top five hidden hazards of the home,” she said. “I did all the things that parents do to ensure their children’s safety in and outside of the home. This one got past me.”
Health Canada does not recommend selling or buying second-hand corded window coverings because safety devices, warning labels and instructions to keep pull cords out of the reach of children are often missing.
Canada’s current Corded Window Covering Regulations place restrictions on the formation of cord loops and require warning labels. However, they do not address certain hazards posed by Roman shades and roll-up blinds. Health Canada is now taking steps to further strengthen these regulations.
include the following changes that strengthen the industry’s safety standard:
• Adds requirements for durability and performance testing of the tension/hold down
devices, including new requirements for anchoring, specific installation instructions and
• Provides a way to address new innovations for controlling cords that do not use tension
• Adds new requirements for products that rely on “wide lift bands” to raise and lower
• Requires a warning label and pictograms on the outside of stock packaging and
merchandising materials for corded products.
• Adds and expands testing requirements for cord accessibility, hazardous loop testing,
Roll Up style shade performance, and durability testing of all safety devices.
“Awareness of Blind Cord Safety is key, and Education to the masses is critical. I think we need to create a global effort, not just Britain or Canada, or US or Australia, but a Universal message, where the mission will be to make parents and window covering professionals aware that blind cords is one of the top “hidden hazards” in the home because of the strangulation danger.Together as one, we can spread this message so that someday, the danger of window blind cords will be as well known as bathtub and swimming pool dangers.”