As technology advances, it’s welcoming a whole new generation of safer blind systems.
"We're really phasing out the standard cord and any sort of cord loop options getting away from any sort of safety issues for small children and pets," said Fort Saskatchewan Custom Blinds by Design owner, Brenda Blais.
It takes just 15 seconds for a child to become unconscious when strangled by a window blind cord. Brain damage starts after four minutes without oxygen and death within less than six minutes.
From 1986 to June 2016, Health Canada received 69 reports concerning strangulation hazards related to corded window coverings. Of the 69 reports, 40 reported a fatality (35 domestic, 5 international), 22 reported an injury, and 7 reported no injury. Fatalities continue to occur at an average rate of slightly more than one child fatality per year in Canada, with children between the ages of one and three years most at risk.
Last summer, the Canadian Government proposed new regulations to address this strangulation risk.
Other advancing safety features are the lift systems making usability easier, cordless operation and motorization.
“What our new programming can do with motorization is actually control your blinds from your smart phone,” she added.
In Canada between 1998 to 2016 there were 36 voluntary recalls of corded window products.