Children In Danger & Government Red Tape

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Courtesy: CPSC.gov

USA TODAY --  Nearly 300 children have strangled to death or were seriously injured by window-blind cords since 1996, and at least 10 of those have been in military housing where residents often are prohibited from making changes that might have prevented the deaths, according to a safety advocacy group.

2WTK talked with USA TODAY writer Jayne O'Donnell about her research.

"I've covered safety, auto and product, for about 20 years and this is one of the saddest ones, because I just can't imagine, I've written also about the cords on baby monitors, and I just can't imagine walking itno a nursery and seeing your child strangled and ever being able to bounce back from that. Its just, it is horrible, it does, it does, the safety advocates and some people in the government think something needs to be done at the industry level. But most of all, in the meantime, consumers really need to take action in their own homes."

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Linda Kaiser has been tracking blind deaths since her 1-year-old-daughter, Cheyenne, was strangled by a blind cord in 2002. Kaiser is head of Parents for Window Blind Safety.

"I don't think it's fair that soldiers are in Afghanistan protecting us while their child is at home dying from an unsafe product that they have no say in," she says.

She counts 10 incidents - six deaths and four injuries -- since 1996 in military housing and in property managed by companies hired by the military. Three occurred at Camp Lejeune, N.C., in the last five years, she says.

She's gotten the government's attention.

Consumer Product Safety Commission Chairman Inez Tenenbaum and Defense Department Undersecretary John Conger are urging the companies that provide military housing to replace old window blinds with safer models.

The officials sent a letter to the companies, called Defense Department "housing partners," in April asking for the changes, but have gotten no replies yet.

"Why wait for the government to do something or God forbid, something to happen?" says O'Donnell. "You can get retro-fits through this company fashionwand.com and I know there's other places that have retrofits where the cord is inaccessible to the kid."

"Why wait for the government to do something or God forbid, something to happen?" says O'Donnell. "You can get retro-fits through this company fashionwand.com and I know there's other places that have retrofits where the cord is inaccessible to the kid."

"Why wait for the government to do something or God forbid, something to happen?" says O'Donnell. "You can get retro-fits through this company fashionwand.com and I know there's other places that have retrofits where the cord is inaccessible to the kid."

Retrofit kits for new and older blinds are for sale starting this month by Fashion Wand.

You can read the full article in USA TODAY.

"Why wait for the government to do something or God forbid, something to happen?" says O'Donnell. "You can get retro-fits through this company fashionwand.com and I know there's other places that have retrofits where the cord is inaccessible to the kid."

 

"Why wait for the government to do something or God forbid, something to happen?" says O'Donnell. "You can get retro-fits through this company fashionwand.com and I know there's other places that have retrofits where the cord is inaccessible to the kid."

 

"Why wait for the government to do something or God forbid, something to happen?" says O'Donnell. "You can get retro-fits through this company fashionwand.com and I know there's other places that have retrofits where the cord is inaccessible to the kid."

 

"Why wait for the government to do something or God forbid, something to happen?" says O'Donnell. "You can get retro-fits through this company fashionwand.com and I know there's other places that have retrofits where the cord is inaccessible to the kid."

 

"Why wait for the government to do something or God forbid, something to happen?" says O'Donnell. "You can get retro-fits through this company fashionwand.com and I know there's other places that have retrofits where the cord is inaccessible to the kid."

 

"Why wait for the government to do something or God forbid, something to happen?" says O'Donnell. "You can get retro-fits through this company fashionwand.com and I know there's other places that have retrofits where the cord is inaccessible to the kid."

 

"Why wait for the government to do something or God forbid, something to happen?" says O'Donnell. "You can get retro-fits through this company fashionwand.com and I know there's other places that have retrofits where the cord is inaccessible to the kid."

 

"Why wait for the government to do something or God forbid, something to happen?" says O'Donnell. "You can get retro-fits through this company fashionwand.com and I know there's other places that have retrofits where the cord is inaccessible to the kid."

 

"Why wait for the government to do something or God forbid, something to happen?" says O'Donnell. "You can get retro-fits through this company fashionwand.com and I know there's other places that have retrofits where the cord is inaccessible to the kid."

 

"Why wait for the government to do something or God forbid, something to happen?" says O'Donnell. "You can get retro-fits through this company fashionwand.com and I know there's other places that have retrofits where the cord is inaccessible to the kid."

 

"Why wait for the government to do something or God forbid, something to happen?" says O'Donnell. "You can get retro-fits through this company fashionwand.com and I know there's other places that have retrofits where the cord is inaccessible to the kid."

 

"Why wait for the government to do something or God forbid, something to happen?" says O'Donnell. "You can get retro-fits through this company fashionwand.com and I know there's other places that have retrofits where the cord is inaccessible to the kid."

"Why wait for the government to do something or God forbid, something to happen?" says O'Donnell. "You can get retro-fits through this company fashionwand.com and I know there's other places that have retrofits where the cord is inaccessible to the kid."

"Why wait for the government to do something or God forbid, something to happen?" says O'Donnell. "You can get retro-fits through this company fashionwand.com and I know there's other places that have retrofits where the cord is inaccessible to the kid."

"Why wait for the government to do something or God forbid, something to happen?" says O'Donnell. "You can get retro-fits through this company fashionwand.com and I know there's other places that have retrofits where the cord is inaccessible to the kid."

"Why wait for the government to do something or God forbid, something to happen?" says O'Donnell. "You can get retro-fits through this company fashionwand.com and I know there's other places that have retrofits where the cord is inaccessible to the kid."

"Why wait for the government to do something or God forbid, something to happen?" says O'Donnell. "You can get retro-fits through this company fashionwand.com and I know there's other places that have retrofits where the cord is inaccessible to the kid."

"Why wait for the government to do something or God forbid, something to happen?" says O'Donnell. "You can get retro-fits through this company fashionwand.com and I know there's other places that have retrofits where the cord is inaccessible to the kid."

"Why wait for the government to do something or God forbid, something to happen?" says O'Donnell. "You can get retro-fits through this company fashionwand.com and I know there's other places that have retrofits where the cord is inaccessible to the kid."

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