IKEA has announced that beginning this month, the company shall only be selling window blinds and coverings that have no cords and/or non-accessible cords. This decision comes as part of IKEA’s initiative to educate customers about safety at home via the company’s Safer Homes Together program.
A research conducted by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission revealed that between 1996 and 2012, nearly one child would die every month as a result of being strangled by window cords. This confirms that exposed cords on window blinds and coverings pose safety hazards for children. Moreover, the finding also made IKEA determined to ensure that they will only be offering window blinds and covers with no cords or non-accessible cords by January 2016. The said commitment was actually made by the company back in 2012.
IKEA US Country Sales Manager Heather Spatz couldn’t be more pleased with what the company was able to accomplish. She says, “IKEA is committed to working together with our customers to raise awareness of this important issue and to help families get the knowledge they need to ensure a safer everyday life at home.” At the same time, IKEA is also asking its customers to actively check their window blinds and/or coverings to ensure that there are no exposed cords, which can readily pose a strangulation risk to their children.
By January 1, 2016, IKEA says it shall only be selling cordless blinds and window coverings throughout its stores all over the world.