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The window covering industry recently launched a campaign through a third party testing facility that would allow ‘safe for children’ products to get a certification of “Best For Kids” label.
Some window blinds have dangling cords, and those cords get longer and longer when they are pulled up, posing a strangulation hazard to children.
Even the commissioner of the (CPSC) Consumer Product Safety Commission, Elliot Kaye, commented positively on the WCSC’s awareness effort saying “Having a new label that better informs parents about blinds and shades that are safer for children is a positive step”.
”I Once was Blind” by Rick Carlan (professional window covering installer)
As window covering professionals, we have opportunities every day to teach someone that “doesn’t know” their ABC’s. Awareness that window blind cords can pose a strangulation hazard to children. (especially ages 6 months to 4 yrs. old) Awareness is working and each of us has the respond-ability to foster a safer world for our children by teaching others what we already know. Teach the ABC’s in your own backyard, and over time,all of our backyards will touch. This video was made to honor the life of Weslea A. Teraberry (4 yrs. old)
Twin Cities MN. Dec 2013:
Successful business adds safety message to work vehicles
Blind Installation & Repair, Inc. was founded over 25 yrs. ago by Michael Marthaler who, as co-owner, has grown the company to 16 employees and up to 12 window covering installers who are on the road every day. Marthaler’s company has had a “record year” in 2013 and the M&I company covers a lot of ground servicing the Twin Cities, Minneapolis & St. Paul territory. When asked about what compelled him to label all of his company’s work vehicles with the safety message of ABC’s (Awareness of Blind Cord Safety) Marthaler commented with “I have been installing window coverings my whole life, and we service the public, and I realized that if we can drive around every day with a message that will educate just one person about safety, cords and kids, and we make that ONE person aware, then we have truly succeeded”.
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This blog post is by Jeanine Nichols, wife and mother to Liam and Eloise. It brings joy to her heart knowing Liam will have his sister in his life as they grow together.
I wanted to share what happened last week because as the mother of a child who has been diagnosed with autism, I would want to hear this.Last week, I was in the kitchen preparing lunch for my kids. One therapist had just left and I was expecting another one to arrive in about twenty minutes. I heard my son Liam, 5 years-old and affected by autsim, scream out for me with the most urgency ever, “MOMMY! MOMMY! MOMMY! MOMMY!!!” It was very concerning to me because I had never before heard him like that.I rushed out to the playroom and he had a look of pain on his face, but I couldn’t see what was wrong. It was then that I saw what will haunt me for the rest of my life… My 3 year-old daughter Eloise had the cord to the blinds wrapped around her neck so tight and she was purple! Very panicked, I ran to her as fast as I could while wondering if I could make it to her in time. I had to lift her up to pull the cord off of her and after all was said and done, she was okay!Liam had saved her life!She had been climbing on the back of the couch, reached up and put the cord over her head and must have slipped down into a seated position on the top of the couch. I know how very close we were to having a very different and tragic ending, especially because I couldn’t hear a thing from the kitchen. My husband and I both know that God used my son to save his little sister’s life.We are stunned that Liam even knew that the situation was urgent and called out like that for me. If you had asked us prior to this happening what we thought he would have done, seeing this happen to his sister, we would have said we are convinced he would not have known anything was happening and he would have remained silent.Our son has always been verbal, but he has always struggled with language as well as understanding things going on around him. We have learned so much from him, and now we realize he understands more than we thought… there is a treasure buried in there that we did not know exists.Liam has always been our special blessing, but on this day he also became our little Hero! You never know what your child is capable of until times like this. We are truly thankful. By the way, all of the window coverings have been completely removed!Jeanine NicholsLake Forest, Calif.(Source:http://www.autismspeaks.org/blog/2013/08/21/my-son-my-hero)