Parents for Window Blind Safety, a national 501 C (3) non-profit organization, was founded in 2002 by Matt and Linda Kaiser after they lost their daughter, Cheyenne Rose, to the hidden inner cord of a window blind in 2002. Placing the pull cord up high out of Cheyenne’s reach was not enough to prevent Cheyenne’s accident. After the death of Cheyenne, the Kaiser’s read hundred’s of In-Depth Investigation reports from the Consumer Product Safety Commission of children who silently strangled on window covering products with properly placed safety devices, that failed. Today, children, even as old as 7 years of age, are victims of hazardous cords that passed through industry policed ANSI safety testing. Since 1980, the US Consumer Product Safety Commission has record of over 599 strangulation injuries and deaths in the USA.
PFWBS mission is to:
- Support parents whose children have been seriously injured or killed by dangerous cords
- Educate consumers about the dangers of accessible window covering cords in homes, daycare facilities, and military housing
- Collect injury and product data to pinpoint hazard factors
- Help create safer standards and encourage innovation of safer products in the industry
- Test window covering products for safety
PFWBS has been featured in the New York Times, Chicago Tribune, USA Today, Consumer Reports Magazine, Parents Magazine, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, and other publications throughout the United States. PFWBS provides consulting services for national and international manufacturers of window covering products and window covering safety devices. Please visit our testing site for more information.