Should Window Blinds With Cords Be Banned?

BOSTON (WBZ-AM) -- A study published in the Journal of Pediatrics recommends a ban on window blind cords, which have injured nearly 17,000 children under six from 1990 to 2015.

The study, by Nationwide Children's Hospital in Ohio, says nearly 300 children have died since 1990, and hundreds more have been treated for injuries each year, after they were entangled or strangled.

Researchers say current safety standards are not enough.

Dr. Mark Waltzman, an ER Doctor at Boston Children's Hospital, tells WBZ NewsRadio 1030's Bernice Corpuz he agrees.

"It would be great to either ban them or come up with a better replacement where you don't have a cord that's dangling," Dr. Waltzman said. "But I think the bigger problem is, what do you do with the millions of these blinds that are in place currently that I don't foresee people getting rid of?"

He said he's seen anything from abrasions and contusions all the way up to hangings and asphyxiation.

WBZ NewsRadio 1030's Bernice Corpuz reports

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