Children and window cords don’t mix.
According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, about once a month a child between 7 months and 10 years dies from window cord strangulation and another child suffers from a near strangulation. When window cords are within reach for small children, these seemingly harmless products may become hazards.
At Blinds.com we take child safety very seriously, so here are a few ways that you can make your windows safer for kids.
Child Safety Tips for Window Blinds:
Make the Switch to Cordless Blinds or Shades. The National Window Covering Safety Council recommends that only cordless window coverings be installed in children’s bedrooms and sleeping areas. Newer blinds are constructed to meet updated safety standards, so replace those manufactured before 2001.
However, not all window coverings with a cordless option are safe for kids. We recommend products like cordless cellular shades, cordless roller shades, draperies and plantation shutters.
Shop our Safer for Children Collection to make a smart choice for your home and your family.
Prevent Access to Cords. Move all cribs, beds, furniture and toys away from windows and window cords, preferably to another wall. These items could act as unintentional “step stools” that allow a child to reach a window or cord.
Wrap Up Long Cords. Keep all window pull cords and inner lift cords out of the reach of children. Secure long pull cords with cord cleats.
Because October is National Window Covering Safety Month, we’ll be bringing you safety tips all month long. Next Time: How To Retrofit Older Blinds For Safety