Checklist for Child Window Covering Safety

Abigail Sawyer | 07 Oct 2013 | Child Safety

Children and window cords don’t mix.

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. When window cords are within reach for small children, these seemingly harmless products may become hazards.

Window Covering Safety Checklist

At we take child safety very seriously, so here are a few ways that you can make your windows safer for kids.

Child Safety Tips for Window Blinds:

Cordless Cellular Shades

Make the Switch to Safer Window Coverings

The National Window Covering Safety Council recommends that only window coverings without accessible cords be installed in children’s bedrooms and sleeping areas. Newer blinds are constructed to meet updated safety standards, so replace those manufactured before 2001.

However, not all window coverings with a cordless option are safe for kids. We recommend products like cordless cellular shades, cordless roller shades, curtains and plantation shutters.

Shop our Safer for Children Collection to make a smart choice for your home and your family.

Child Window Safety Checklist

Prevent Access to Cords. Move all cribs, beds, furniture and toys away from windows and window cords, preferably to another wall. These items could act as unintentional “step stools” that allow a child to reach a window or cord.

blinds safety cord cleat

Wrap Up Long Cords. Keep all window pull cords and inner lift cords out of the reach of children. Secure long pull cords with cord cleats.

Learn More about Window Covering Safety.

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    Abigail Sawyer is a Senior Social Media Specialist for She's a home improvement junkie who is currently restoring a 1972 cottage with the help of her husband and goldendoodle, Biscuit. Walking in the footsteps of Martha Stewart, she’s happiest when she’s crafting or whipping up a new recipe; although nothing beats curling up with a good book and some Girl Scout Cookies. Follow her on twitter + instagram at @whatabigailsaw