By Sabrina Phillips-Garrison
Since 1990 more than 200 infants and young children have died from accidental strangulation by window cords. For the months of October and November, The Blind Guys are offering a free in-home visit to see if your window coverings are up to latest safety control standards for your children. For more information, visit the WCSC website and get help childproofing your home.
Many functional window treatments involve unsafe cords. Cords can be a choking hazard. Many people have blinds or shades installed near a crib or a child’s bed. If these shades or blinds have dangling cords that are not tied down they can be extremely dangerous to a toddler or small child. We do not recommend that any shade or blind be installed in a toddler or child’s room.
Here are some safety tips regarding cords and window treatments from the Window Coverings Safety Council.
Install only cordless window coverings in young children’s bedrooms and play areas. Replace window blinds, corded shades, and draperies manufactured before 2001 with today’s safer products.
Move all cribs, beds, furniture, and toys away from windows and window cords, preferably to another wall.
Keep all window pull cords and inner lift cords out of the reach of children. Make sure that tasseled pull cords are short and continuous-loop cords are permanently anchored to the floor or wall. Make sure cord stops are properly installed and adjusted to limit movement of inner lift cords.
Lock cords into position whenever horizontal blinds or shades are lowered, including when they come to rest on a windowsill.