Video: “I Once was Blind”

Weslea Teraberry quickly becomes the catalyst behind a global child safety initiative after Mom establishes the  ”ABC’s” (Awareness of Blind Cord) safety campaign

Twin Cities MN. Dec 2013:

Successful business adds safety message to work vehicles

Blind Installation & Repair, Inc. was founded over 25 yrs. ago by Michael Marthaler who, as co-owner, has grown the company to 16 employees and up to 12 window covering installers who are on the road every day. Marthaler’s company has had a “record year” in 2013 and the M&I company covers a lot of ground servicing the Twin Cities, Minneapolis & St. Paul territory.  When asked about what compelled him to label all of his company’s work vehicles with the safety message of ABC’s (Awareness of Blind Cord Safety) Marthaler commented with “I have been installing window coverings my whole life, and we service the public, and I realized that if we can drive around every day with a message that will educate just one person about safety, cords and kids, and we make that ONE person aware, then we have truly succeeded”.

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Hero dog saves 3 yr. old boy  from blind cord tragedy


For Natalie Blake, a horrendous scenario almost had a tragic ending after her three-year-old son Charlie got trapped in a blind cord at their Telford home.
But little Charlie had an unlikely guardian angel looking over him in the form of the family’s pet dog Buster.
The American bulldog saw Charlie struggling and the cords wrapped around his neck, and started barking outside Ms Blake’s bedroom door.
Once the alarm was raised, Ms Blake was quickly able to free her son and today hailed Buster as a hero.
She said: “It was around 3am and I was asleep. Then I heard Buster barking. The bedroom door was shut and he was outside.
“I followed him downstairs to where my son was with the cable around his neck.”
Buster is a true HERO!
Source: http://www.shropshirestar.com/news/2013/11/11/hero-dog-buster-saves-telford-boy-charlie-3-from-tragedy/

Hero dog saves 3 yr. old boy  from blind cord tragedy

For Natalie Blake, a horrendous scenario almost had a tragic ending after her three-year-old son Charlie got trapped in a blind cord at their Telford home.

But little Charlie had an unlikely guardian angel looking over him in the form of the family’s pet dog Buster.

The American bulldog saw Charlie struggling and the cords wrapped around his neck, and started barking outside Ms Blake’s bedroom door.

Once the alarm was raised, Ms Blake was quickly able to free her son and today hailed Buster as a hero.

She said: “It was around 3am and I was asleep. Then I heard Buster barking. The bedroom door was shut and he was outside.

“I followed him downstairs to where my son was with the cable around his neck.”

Buster is a true HERO!

Source: http://www.shropshirestar.com/news/2013/11/11/hero-dog-buster-saves-telford-boy-charlie-3-from-tragedy/

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knickerbockercottage:

This blog post is by Jeanine Nichols, wife and mother to Liam and Eloise. It brings joy to her heart knowing Liam will have his sister in his life as they grow together. 
I wanted to share what happened last week because as the mother of a child who has been diagnosed with autism, I would want to hear this.
Last week, I was in the kitchen preparing lunch for my kids. One therapist had just left and I was expecting another one to arrive in about twenty minutes. I heard my son Liam, 5 years-old and affected by autsim, scream out for me with the most urgency ever, “MOMMY! MOMMY! MOMMY! MOMMY!!!” It was very concerning to me because I had never before heard him like that.
 
I rushed out to the playroom and he had a look of pain on his face, but I couldn’t see what was wrong. It was then that I saw what will haunt me for the rest of my life… My 3 year-old daughter Eloise had the cord to the blinds wrapped around her neck so tight and she was purple! Very panicked, I ran to her as fast as I could while wondering if I could make it to her in time. I had to lift her up to pull the cord off of her and after all was said and done, she was okay!
 
Liam had saved her life!
 
She had been climbing on the back of the couch, reached up and put the cord over her head and must have slipped down into a seated position on the top of the couch. I know how very close we were to having a very different and tragic ending, especially because I couldn’t hear a thing from the kitchen. My husband and I both know that God used my son to save his little sister’s life.
 
We are stunned that Liam even knew that the situation was urgent and called out like that for me. If you had asked us prior to this happening what we thought he would have done, seeing this happen to his sister, we would have said we are convinced he would not have known anything was happening and he would have remained silent.
 
Our son has always been verbal, but he has always struggled with language as well as understanding things going on around him. We have learned so much from him, and now we realize he understands more than we thought… there is a treasure buried in there that we did not know exists.
 
Liam has always been our special blessing, but on this day he also became our little Hero! You never know what your child is capable of until times like this. We are truly thankful. By the way, all of the window coverings have been completely removed!
 
Jeanine Nichols
Lake Forest, Calif.

(Source:http://www.autismspeaks.org/blog/2013/08/21/my-son-my-hero)

knickerbockercottage:

This blog post is by Jeanine Nichols, wife and mother to Liam and Eloise. It brings joy to her heart knowing Liam will have his sister in his life as they grow together. 

I wanted to share what happened last week because as the mother of a child who has been diagnosed with autism, I would want to hear this.

Last week, I was in the kitchen preparing lunch for my kids. One therapist had just left and I was expecting another one to arrive in about twenty minutes. I heard my son Liam, 5 years-old and affected by autsim, scream out for me with the most urgency ever, “MOMMY! MOMMY! MOMMY! MOMMY!!!” It was very concerning to me because I had never before heard him like that.
 
I rushed out to the playroom and he had a look of pain on his face, but I couldn’t see what was wrong. It was then that I saw what will haunt me for the rest of my life… My 3 year-old daughter Eloise had the cord to the blinds wrapped around her neck so tight and she was purple! Very panicked, I ran to her as fast as I could while wondering if I could make it to her in time. I had to lift her up to pull the cord off of her and after all was said and done, she was okay!
 
Liam had saved her life!
 
She had been climbing on the back of the couch, reached up and put the cord over her head and must have slipped down into a seated position on the top of the couch. I know how very close we were to having a very different and tragic ending, especially because I couldn’t hear a thing from the kitchen. My husband and I both know that God used my son to save his little sister’s life.
 
We are stunned that Liam even knew that the situation was urgent and called out like that for me. If you had asked us prior to this happening what we thought he would have done, seeing this happen to his sister, we would have said we are convinced he would not have known anything was happening and he would have remained silent.
 
Our son has always been verbal, but he has always struggled with language as well as understanding things going on around him. We have learned so much from him, and now we realize he understands more than we thought… there is a treasure buried in there that we did not know exists.
 
Liam has always been our special blessing, but on this day he also became our little Hero! You never know what your child is capable of until times like this. We are truly thankful. By the way, all of the window coverings have been completely removed!
 
Jeanine Nichols
Lake Forest, Calif.
(Source:http://www.autismspeaks.org/blog/2013/08/21/my-son-my-hero)

It is recognized by window covering experts that the best tool to use to reduce incident rates is to create awareness.Window blind cords are a hidden household danger which is still unknown by 15% of the population. Know that children between the ages of 16 months and 4 yrs. old are particularly vulnerable, so keeping alert to finding these people and teaching the ABC’s is key. Share this video for kid’s sake.

October is National Window Covering Safety Month, and Krystel from Army Wife, and Adrianna from Next Generation Military Spouse are hosting the  Twitter Party on behalf of the Window Covering Safety Council and will be shareing tips on how to make  window coverings safer.
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October is National Window Covering Safety Month, and Krystel from Army Wife, and Adrianna from Next Generation Military Spouse are hosting the  Twitter Party on behalf of the Window Covering Safety Council and will be shareing tips on how to make  window coverings safer.

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Born June 2, 2003, we remember Weslea Teraberry today. The would be 10 yr. old little girl is the catalyst behind one of the most important grassroots child safety initiative related to window covering safety. Her message of ABC’s (Awareness of Blind Cord Safety) continues to teach the world how important it is to spread the message and also recommend cordless and child safe window coverings where children live and frequent.  Watch the video that was made to honor her life.

"I once was blind", a child safety awareness video honoring the life of a little girl, and spreading a powerful message. (3000+ views)

Weslea’s Story

  As parents we took all of the necessary precautions to help keep  our children safe within and outside of our many homes. Being a military family, we moved often and always had to make sure the next place was just  as safe as the last house. I plugged electrical outlets, used baby gates, put the chemicals up out of the reach of our kids. I held their hands as we crossed the street and had them “watch for cars”, these are some of the many things we did. But, this got passed me, and this is my story:
  

The day was February 15, 2008 and it started out like any other day, never in my wildest dreams would I think this day would change my life and own me until the day I die. Weslea was a fun, happy, quirky, four year old princess, dancing her school hallways in her pink cowgirl boots.  Loving the challenge of putting puzzles together “cardboard side up” and finding the beauty in even the most unappealing things.  Always Mommy’s little sidekick.

The day was coming to an end, and I was getting dinner started and sat down to send a quick email when my six year old daughter Maggie came into the office and told me that “Weslea was sleeping funny”. My immediate reaction was…this is going be good.

She was they type of kid who fell asleep underneath the coffee table, mid crawl on the floor, playing with toys or reading a book sitting up.  Where would she be found sleeping next? As I walked into the master bedroom, I noticed she was sleeping…standing up! I told Maggie to get her Dad he’ll never believe this.  

The thing is, my mind, didn’t go there…any mother’s mind WILL NOT go there…to the place I am about to take you….

Something told me to get on the bed behind her and when I climbed up on the bed, my Weslea didn’t fall back. It was only then that I saw she was attached to the window blind cord and I started to scream the worse scream I have ever screamed in my life and I believe to this day it was a part of my soul I will never get back.  It went with her.

I grabbed my lifeless baby and ran down the hall screaming my husbands name, I handed her to him like I wanted him to fix her, I was panicked and screamed at him “She’s dead, she’s dead” and really I was screaming “Fix her, fix her”. I would do anything. Is this where I give my life for hers? Is this where I can sell my soul? When does all this happen? Does it happen? Do I get her back? I can’t think these thoughts now. There is an ambulance on the way. The Marine next door and her daddy are helping her. She is on the floor in my kitchen. Lifeless.

I end up at the ER, I was sitting on the edge of a chair. Tunnel vision. My baby, surrounded by strangers who are trying to save her life.  They are afraid, I can feel it. I am afraid.  They cheered. She starts taking baby breaths, I had so many questions. Baby breaths like after she was born and laying in my arms? The baby breaths of when she sleeps?  Baby breaths but not out of the woods yet. The helicopter arrives, she needs to be life flighted to another hospital. We can’t go.  We had a friend drive us.

She’s ok, she was breathing, she will be ok. I know it.

My thoughts change to “what if?”.  What if she doesn’t dance the halls of her school, or do puzzles upside down, or sing her heart out to High School Musical any more?  Then I can’t do it. I can’t see her like that. Then you take her, whoever you are.  I still wasn’t ready though. I am not ready for this. 

We ran into the hospital, I had her pillow, her pink poodle, her stingray. We were told to bring her favorite things. They put us in a room. Some doctors walked in. They started telling us how they worked on her for 45 minutes, they did everything they could, and….she had died again 5 minutes out from the hospital on the helicopter.

I remember shaking, I couldn’t stop. My body had taken over. You can have a half an hour to say good -bye. Say good -bye?  You can hold her, pick her up, be with her. We walked into the room. She was laying on a table.  My first reaction was “she doesn’t have a blanket on”.  Just a gown.  My husband picked her up, he held her. I couldn’t. I had held that child in my womb, a sling as a baby, then in a piggy back, in a firefighter hold…you name it…she was carried in any which way possible. And now as she lay lifeless in front of me I was afraid to drop her.

I looked at her face, she really looked like she was sleeping but she wasn’t sleeping this time. Please wake up. I smelled her skin, I never wanted to forget her smell…”kid smell”. Her hair, I’d never braid her hair or put piggies in it again. Her hands. Her baby hands I’d never hold again while we crossed the street. Her little feet. The feet that will never leave flip flops on the wrong side of the gate to get chewed by the dog again.  A lady comes in, its time to go. Ok Wes, one last chance baby…please wake up.

We left the hospital with a box. It had hand prints and footprints, a lock of her hair.  They called us at 4 am. to see if we would donate her organs. Yes.

In the following days, the out pouring of love from our friends, family and even strangers moved me however, I felt like I carried a huge weight of guilt, sadness and devastation.  I had failed.

Almost 5 years later, I can tell you that my guilt, sadness and devastation have lifted.  I did not fail. I am in a really good place.  Weslea, in her death, has taught me some huge lessons about me and who I strive to be. I had always feared that the world will never know what a neat little kid she was…but today, I know they will. In the founding days of this awareness campaign I am confident that as pioneers we are paving the way to provide education to the masses and that someday the danger of window blinds cords will be as well known as swimming pool and bathtub dangers.

I don’t ever want anyone to feel the things I have felt. No parent should have to pick out an urn or casket for their child, especially for something like this. Knowing that cordless is best, and if cordless isn’t an option right now, how to make your blinds safer for your children, is my ultimate wish.  No one would leave a child unattended in water, so let’s make it so that no one would leave a corded window blind accessible to a child as well. If the world knows that blind cords are dangerous then they won’t be as dangerous anymore.

Chantal Teraberry (forever Weslea’s Mom)

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NEW safety inventions & innovative ideas create ‘vehicles for awareness’

 *Silent Gliss, a Switzerland based window covering manufacturer, comes out with a new “detachable child safety” device. See Product, Learn More

*Smartroll is a NEW cordless & “Child Safe” spring system Watch video

*The WesleaBelle story (a cord alarm invention)
Strangulation is silent, but no longer has to be.Watch demo of cord alarm retrofit

*Upside Shades - Completely SAFE Window Shades
Exclusively distributed by Sue Fresconi’s company, Shady Characters, LLC.  You Tube Demo Video


* The Cord Clip:  Innovator/Inventor: Herb & Kristi Seymour. This is a retrofit wind up device to keep cords more out of reach of small children.


*Safe T Shade Lift system by Stevenson Vestal, a high-quality custom drapery workroom to the trade. A Custom Finished Medium Duty Spring Roller Lift System.Designed for all shades except Hobble or Soft Fold. Watch Video




*Cord Up  from the UK, here is a safety device designed and created by the transition year students of Moyne Community School to keep window blind cords out of reach of children. (requires no fitting).


*Maksan’s Cordless/Magnetic System from Croatia, this System is 100% child safe (from cord strangulation) and is fully magnetic which makes it unique from any other existing system on the market today.
Watch Demo #1 of cellular shades
Watch Demo #2 of how simple and fast this mounting procedure is for venetian blinds


To raise awareness for child safety, Hunter Douglas installed over 30 LiteRise shades at the day care facility “The Neighborhood center” in Utica, NY.