Safer for Kids Blinds and Shades
Interested in Child Safety? Find the Best Window Treatments for Homes with Children
Children and window cords don't mix. When window cords are accessible to small children, these seemingly harmless products may become strangulation hazards. At Blinds.com, we are committed to communicating this information, and offering innovative products that create safer homes. All of the products we sell comply with the safety standards set forth by the Consumer Product Safety Commission and the Window Coverings Manufacturers Association.
Even with safety features, home owners must occasionally check and make sure window treatments are in good working order.
Remember to always follow these basic window-cord safety rules:
- Install only cordless window coverings in young children's bedrooms and sleeping 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 secured out of reach with a cord cleat, 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 window sill.
- Never mount products with accessible back cords, such as Roman or Woven Wood Shades, within reach of children.
Interested in Window Treatment Child Safety in an Older Home?
According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, about once a month a child between 7 months and 10 years dies from window cord strangulation and another child suffers from a near strangulation.
Window coverings with cords are cited as one of the top 5 hidden hazards in the home.
The Window Covering Safety Council recommends replacing or repairing older window treatments, and offers free retrofit kits for the following products:
- Horizontal Blinds manufactured before 2001
- Roman and Woven Wood Shades with Accessible Back Cords
- Blinds, Shades and Draperies with and Unsecured Continuous Cord Loop (see tie-down information)
- Corded Roll-up Shades
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