So, in light of this most unfortunate situation we must ask ourselves, what is a parent to do? With some 50 million blinds affected as a result of this recall, is no infant safe from an inadvertent hanging?
It is at this point that I feel compelled to issue my clarion call for common sense. Is it just me, or have venetian blinds always been a little dangerous? I distinctly remember the metal versions in my aunt’s apartment that could have cut me deeply were I left to my own devices to rub my forearms feverishly across them. Where was the recall then? Why was there no public outcry?
As I pondered these questions it dawned on me. The lack of public outcry is a direct correlation to the level of common sense present among the preceding generation. You see, instead of insisting the government issue some cockamamie, almost unenforceable recall, they came up with their own solutions.
Chief among them was moving the crib away from the window. What a splendid solution! I mean, let’s examine it for a moment. By simply moving the crib away from the dangerous item you mitigate its adverse effect on your child. Still, that solution might be too involved. Honestly, who wants to move the entire crib? So we come up with a different solution. This one keeps the crib where it is next to the window but moves the cord. Either of these solutions is viable and does not require governmental intervention.
Which brings me to another issue I have. In 2007 4,317,119 children were born. Now let’s say that the unfortunate incidents occurred in 2007 the percentage of children in danger as a result of Roman shades would amount to .00000116 (just in case any of you have forgotten your decimal places, we’re in the millionths here). To further illustrate my point, even if you calculated the percentage based on every child affected (that’s 21 for those keeping score) it still only amounts to .00000486 (still in the millionths). Now, I in no way mean to imply that any life is unimportant, simply that these incidents are isolated and probably don’t warrant the alarm that they seem to be receiving. Perhaps the onus should be placed on the parents, and not the companies.
I only offer food for thought, do with it what you will.
Levi F. Daniels
Common Sense Advocate