“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.