Window Safety Month: Are My Window Treatments Kid Friendly?
October is Window Safety Month, so the team at Window Coverings of Wilmington has put together a blog post series to make sure the window treatments in your house are safe for everyone in your house, especially your children.
This week we’re providing tips to help you determine whether your window treatments are kid friendly and help you decipher which treatments are best for your little ones.
The Dangers of Window Treatments
Many may think that window treatments are a harmless, functional décor item for their house. However, they can be a dangerous addition to the room if kids are living and playing around them.
According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), one child dies every month from window cord strangulation and another has a near strangulation. These children aren’t just toddlers exploring, but rather they range in ages from 7 months to 10 years old. In fact, the CPSC ended up recalling 5 million of blinds, due to their strangulation hazards.
Be Wary of Cords
The strangulations and chokings occur mainly with window treatments that have cords. However, it’s not just the pull cords that create a danger, but even the inner cords are a hazard.
The CPSC lists four types of dangers:
- Pull Cords
- Looped Beaded Chains or Nylon Cords
- Inner Cords of Roman Shades
- Lifting Loops of Roll-Up Blindss
People often install safety cleats to keep the window covering cords out of the reach of the children. However, if the cleat isn’t installed out of the child’s reach, a choking hazard is still prevalent.
Kid-Proof Your Current Treatments
Now that you understand what the choking and strangulation hazards are, it’s important to look at your current window treatments and assess their safety. Here are a few ways to kid-proof your home:
- Clip pull cords to ensure they do not create loops in which a child can place its neck.
- Secure looped cords to the wall tautly to make sure a child’s head cannot fit in it.
- Install a cleat to wrap excess cords around, however make sure the cleat is safely out of the reach of children.
- Keep any window coverings, including blinds; curtains; drapes; and their corresponding cords and ties away from cribs, kids’ beds, and play areas.
The CPSC website has additional tips to childproof your home against the hazard of choking and strangulation. If you’re looking to install new window treatments, here are your best options for kid-friendly coverings.
Install Kid-Friendly Solutions
There are a lot of options available for kid-friendly blinds. Manufacturers have heeded to the government’s recommendations and now create window coverings that are much safer for children.
- Cordless blinds
- Motorized blinds (which are most often cordless)
- Plantation shutters
You want your kids to be safe in your own home. Taking precautions with your current window coverings or installing new window treatments will ensure you have one less thing to worry about when it comes to your kids.