7 SIMPLE TIPS FOR CHILD AND PET SAFE WINDOW COVERINGS
As a parent, nothing is more important to you than your child’s safety. You constantly remind them to be careful. You developed cat-like reflexes to catch them right before they fall. You covered up the electrical sockets, put locks on the cabinets and gates on the staircases. But is your house actually childproof?
You may think the answer is: yes. But what if we told you that something as trivial as window blinds can pose a serious danger to your little ones?
Window covering cords are a major strangulation risk for children between ages 7 months and 10 years, as the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission warns. They call corded window coverings one of the top five hidden hazards in American homes!
This may seem like a dramatic overstatement, but children becoming entangled in window blind cords happens more often than you can imagine. In fact, every month a child dies from injuries caused by window blinds. Not only that, window blind cords are also a danger to your four-legged companions who like to play with dangling things, only to be caught up or strangled by them.
As a family company, we want to help you make sure that your home is a safe haven for all the members of your family. Here are some simple and effective tips on how to childproof and pet proof your window coverings.
- First, examine all your windows for blinds or shades with cords. Those are your “danger zones.”
- Never put a crib (playpen, child’s bed) next to a window, period. That’s a bad idea for a number of reasons, so just don’t.
- Avoid putting couches, beds and chairs next to a window also. Children (and pets) love to explore their environment. They can climb up the furniture and become entangled in the window covering cords.
- If you have window blinds or shades in a child’s room, making the cords inaccessible can significantly lower the risk. A simple way to achieve that is by installing a cord cleat that enables you to wrap long dangling cords that could potentially endanger a child or a pet.
- Furthermore, if your window blinds or shades have looped cords or chains, install tension devices to always keep the cords tightly drawn. In fact, every safety-compliant window covering with a looped cord will come with a cord tensioner. You just have to attach it to the wall or the window.
- Of course, the best way to ensure your children’s and pets’ safety is to have cordless window coverings in all the rooms.
- Look for “Best for Kids” label or “Lab Tested, Mom Approved” seal of approval on cordless window covering products or those with inaccessible cords.
If you want to install cordless blinds and shades in young children’s bedrooms and other areas, BONDED is here to help. We have a large selection of remote controlled roller shades that are completely safe for your children and your family’s furry children. Call 844.4.BONDED now for a quick quote or to schedule an appointment to visit our showroom. And don’t forget to check out this month’s special highlighted on our homepage!