When it comes to childproofing your home, never overlook the danger of window blinds. Since 1991, more than 175 infants and young children have died from accidentally strangling in drapery and window cords. Although manufacturers have made a concerted effort to make their products safer, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (USCPSC) recently announced a recall of about 140,000 window blinds sold exclusively by Lowe’s. The pull cord of the blinds is looped and can pose a strangulation hazard. If you purchased Basic Blindz Window Blinds from Lowe’s between March 2007 and July 2007, you may be affected. Thankfully no incidents have been reported, but consumers should stop using the blinds immediately and contact Springs Window Fashions at (866) 305-8652 to receive a free retrofit kit. The USCPSC page has a list of serial numbers for the recalled blinds. Also be sure to double check all window blinds and retrofit all pull-cord window treatments made before 2001.