Parents wouldn’t think that a simple fixture on their window could be a potential death sentence for their children. But a new study published Monday claims that window blinds and their cords continue to be a deadly safety hazard.
A study from the Nationwide Children’s Hospital was published Monday in “Pediatrics” looks at injuries to children under the age of six. The study found that since 1990, nearly 17,000 children went to the emergency room for injuries due to blinds. That averages to about two children every day.
“We’ve known about this problem since the 1940s, yet we continue to see these deaths. This is simply unacceptable because we know how to prevent them,” said Gary Smith, MD, DrPH, Director of the Center for Injury Research and Policy at Nationwide Children’s Hospital.
While most of those kids were treated and released, on average one child died every month, mostly due to strangulation when the child’s neck got tied up in the blind’s cord.
Experts say that the dangers of blinds’ cords extend from children ages 1-4 as toddlers start walking. The Nationwide Children’s Hospital is warning parents to switch out their blinds if they have small children.
“For young children exploring their environments, tragedy can strike quickly when corded window blinds are accessible,” said Smith. “No parent can watch their child every second of every day. That’s why it’s important to couple supervision with products that are safe for children.”
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