When it comes to picking the proper window dressings, there are a lot of variables. Do you want vertical or horizontal blinds? Roman or cellular? Corded or cordless? Well, if you have children, that last one should be an easy one.
Not many people think of window covering safety when it comes to buying new blinds, shades, drapes or what have you. However, according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, more than two hundred infants and toddlers have been strangled to death by hanging window cords since 1990. While two hundred deaths in 22 years aren’t really a lot considering there are over 350 million people in the country, do you want your child to be 201? No.
If you have young children or plan to have one, then you should definitely consider cord safety when selecting a window treatment.
It’s not all doom and gloom, however. Since 2001, EVERY window fashion has come with built in cord-safety features that are up-to-date on all of the latest safety procedures. But if you have infants, there are still a few things you can do to protect your child.
1) Only use cordless products in the child’s bedroom. Nearly every type of corded option is also available cordless. Replace blinds, shades and draperies made prior to 2001 with something safer.
2) Make sure that on windows with cords, they’re kept away from small hands. Tasseled pull cords can be made shorter, and continuous loop cords can be securely anchored to the floor or wall.
3) Use the cord to lock the blinds or shades when they’re lowered, don’t just rest them on the sill.
4) Forgo cords altogether! Roller shades and curtain panels don’t use cords, and they can look just as nice as the corded options.
It’s really not hard to avoid accidental death with window cords if you take the necessary precautions. Many, if not all, window coverings can be motorized, which eliminates any chance of accidental strangulation, and it actually makes a room nicer as well, with a clean aesthetic appearance. While you may be worried about your child’s wellbeing, there are plenty of options that are both safe and beautiful!