RENO, Nev. - A local company is offering a free safety consultation to make sure the blinds in your home are safe for your children.
A two-year-old strangled to death in her own home prompted the recall of almost half a million blinds manufactured by Blind Xpress.
These blinds are dangerous because curious children can easily get the cords wrapped around their necks.
Paul Kempler, owner of Kempler Design, says the recall may only be for a particular type of blind, but the hazards apply to almost any type of window covering.
"Anything that has a cord drop at the window that's not secure is something that's dangerous to children," he said.
And there's another member of your family to worry about.
"Pets are also very prone to getting tangled," Kempler said. "They like to play and get caught up in things, and obviously to lose a pet in that way would be tragic."
So Kempler decided to offer free safety checks to make sure your blinds are safe. He says common safety hazards he sees are loose cords hanging over cribs or where children play.
But Kempler says even if you do have the recalled blinds in your home, you may not have to replace them.
Most manufacturers provide anchors to wind up excess cords. As long as you follow the manufacturer's instructions or hire a professional to install your blinds, you family should be safe.
However if you do decide to replace your blinds, soon you may not even have to worry about the risk.
"There will come a time, probably sometime in the not to distant future when it will be hard to find a window covering that is manufactured with a cord," Kempler said.
To make an appointment for your free consultation, visit www.kemplerdesign.com.
kempler says even if you have the recalled blinds in your home, they may not necessarily be dangerous.
so he's enouraging anyone with concerns to get a consultation before heading out to buy new blinds.