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Still, millions of products will remain in homes after the new standards go into effect. WMCA and the CPSC both have education and awareness campaigns similar to the parent group's campaign to encourage parents to ditch corded products.

But the awareness campaigns and new standards still neglect a major problem: too many families cannot afford to buy new blinds. Some families can start small with windows in one room at a time, Smith recommends, starting with rooms where their children spend the most time, such as children's bedrooms and the living room.

But many other families cannot even do that. Kaiser wants to see a federal law banning corded products at least in standardized and multi-family housing, which CPSC and WCMA have said they will work on. Until then, plenty can be done to ensure parents are aware of the risk in the first place, Sutton says.

That should be something that, when you're taking home your baby, should be incorporated into the safety information nurses tell you. If she had known that wasn't enough, that she needed to cordless blinds instead, Daniel would have celebrated his 11th birthday last October.

Tara Haelle is the co-author of The Informed Parent: A Science-Based Resource for Your Child's First Four Years. A new industry standard to remove most corded blinds from the market may help.

Courtesy Andrea Sutton hide caption What Parents Can Do Now To Reduce Strangulation Risks The CPSC's printable safety poster makes three recommendations for consumers: Examine all shades and blinds for accessible cords on the front, side and back. Use cordless blinds in homes with young children. If you cannot afford new, cordless window coverings, contact the Window Covering Safety Council at 1-800-506-4636 or at www.

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