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Corded Window Coverings and Children
The Attorney General provides Consumer Alerts to inform the public of unfair, misleading, or deceptive business practices, and to provide information and guidance on other issues of concern. Consumer Alerts are not legal advice, legal authority, or a binding legal opinion from the Department of Attorney General.
CORDED WINDOW COVERINGS AND CHILDERN:
Safety Tips to Keep Small Children Safe around Your Home
Michigan children have been hurt, and some have been killed, by seemingly harmless décor that can be found in most Michigan homes – window blinds and other window coverings. In most cases, window coverings are harmless. However, window covering cords pose a danger to small children, who may strangle themselves with the cords in an instant. In light of this danger, the federal Consumer Product Safety Commission and the Window Covering Council announced one of the largest recalls in history, including 50 million roll-up blinds and roman shades. For detailed information on this and other recalls, see the "Consumer Tip Corner" at the Attorney General's homepage, www.michigan.gov/ag.
Even if your window coverings have not been the subject of a recall, there are steps that all parents and caregivers should follow to ensure their window coverings do not pose a safety risk for small children. This consumer alert also includes additional sources that Michigan parents and caregivers can refer to for tips on how they may further childproof their homes, or where they can go to report a dangerous product.
TIPS FOR PARENTS AND CAREGIVERS: KEEP WINDOW COVERING CORDS AWAY FROM SMALL CHILDREN
The Window Covering Council, as well as the federal Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), recommends the following tips for parents trying to ensure their window coverings are safe for their children:
Child safety advocates additionally caution:
Some child safety advocates argue that only cordless window coverings should be used if there are small children in the home, but if this is not a feasible solution for you, please ensure you do not leave window covering cords hanging within a child's reach and that a child may not crawl on something to reach the cord!
ADDITIONAL RESOURCES AND REPORTING DANGEROUS PRODUCTS
For more information on the recall of roman shades and roll-up blinds, and for additional tips on how to select window coverings that are safer for children or on how to modify any window coverings in your home that have dangling cords, please visit the Window Coverings Safety Council's website, at http://www.windowcoverings.org. The Window Covering Safety Counsel can also be reached via their toll-free number at 1-800-506-4636.
And for additional tips on steps you can take to help "childproof" your home, or to report a dangerous consumer product, please visit the CPSC's website, at http://www.cpsc.gov.
Finally, if you would like information on product recalls, please visit the Attorney General's website, at http://www.michigan.gov/ag/0,1607,7-164-17337_48105-201386--,00.html#Recent%20Recalls, or visit http://www.cpsc.gov, or http://www.recalls.gov
IF YOU HAVE A GENERAL CONSUMER PROBLEM, FILE A COMPLAINT:
For general consumer questions or complaints, you may reach the Attorney General's Consumer Protection Division at:
Consumer Protection Division
Toll free: 877-765-8388
www.michigan.gov/ag (online complaint form)
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