Window Safety Month: What Are Cord Cleats?
Last week, we started our October series for Window Safety Month. This is an important month to bring awareness that windows may not always be safe, especially for children. If you haven’t read our post about kid-friendly window treatments, we encourage you to check it out.
This week we’re going to talk about cord cleats and how they cannot only be an instrument to help save your child’s life, but also can be harmful, if not installed correctly.
What Exactly is a Cord Cleat?
A cord cleat is a small piece of metal or plastic that helps tie a window treatment cord to the wall or window frame. This contraption is a slender piece of metal to which the cord is wrapped around in a figure eight motion.
When used (and installed) properly, the cleat keeps the cord from hanging down and is out of the reach of young kids.
In order for cord cleats to be functional and not harmful, proper installation is essential. Without it, the window cord will still be a choking and strangulation hazard for children. The purpose of a cord cleat is to keep the cord safely out of the hands of kids. Improper installation will give you a false sense of safety.
Here are some tips to keep in mind when installing cord cleats in your home:
- Position it high enough to be out of the reach of children
- Secure it into the wall with screws, not tape or glue
- Make sure the screw is long enough to be securely into the wall
- Place cribs and furniture away from blinds with cords
Cord Cleat Alternatives
The safest option for kid-friendly window treatments is to install cordless window treatments in your home. There are several varieties that have removed the cord and relieve the worry of cord strangulation.
Motorized blinds are an excellent solution for cordless blinds. They can be operated in a variety of ways including battery operated, timer settings, and can even be wired into home automation systems. Since there is no touch involved, cords are not at all needed.
If you’d rather not work with motorized blinds, there are more traditional blinds that still have a cordless feature. Honeycomb, or cellular, blinds are an excellent solution as they simply slide up and down. There is also an option for a vertical honeycomb shade that slides open and closed like a sliding door.
Cord cleats are a simple solution for keeping blind cords out of reach of your children. When you ensure the cord cleat is installed correctly, the chances of strangulation or choking are kept to a minimum.
If you prefer to not have cord cleats installed on your window frame or wall, going cordless is your safest solution. If you have questions regarding cord cleats, cord cleat installation or cordless alternatives, the Window Coverings of Wilmington team is here to help. Call today for a free in-home consultation.