5 Tips to Make Your
Windows Safer for Kids

  • Make the Switch to Cordless Blinds or Shades.

    Check window coverings for exposed cords that could pose a strangulation hazard to infants and young children. Replace corded window coverings with today's cordless safer products. Draperies, shutters and cordless cellular and roller shades are a few preferred options. Shop Our Safer For Kids Collection to find the perfect replacement.

  • Out of Sight & Out of Reach

    If you cannot install newer products, ensure that all window cords are out of sight and reach, and that they are inaccessible to young children. Order a free window cord retrofit kit from www.windowcoverings.org.

  • 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.

  • Pull it Tight!

    Continuous-loop pull cords on draperies and vertical blinds should be pulled tight and anchored to the floor or wall with a tension device.

  • Properly Install

    Be sure cord stops are properly installed and adjusted to limit movement on inner cords on blinds and shades.

All recommendations via The Window Covering Safety Council.

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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. Read on to find out which window covering types and custom options are safer for kids, and how to retrofit older blinds and shades to make them more safe.

Find the Best Window Treatments for Older Homes with Children

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:

For more information visit:
Basic Window Cord Safety & Are Your Window Coverings Safe?

What Bloggers have to say!

  • Shannon from Sweet Stellas

    "Just five more minutes...those are the words that ring in my head most mornings when the baby starts fussing. Thankfully, with the 3/4" Premier Single Cell Blackout Shades in Linen Bark, those five more minutes of peace and quiet are becoming a reality. Aside from the blackout feature of these cellular shades, I really love that they are cordless which means that they are a safer option for baby nurseries and children's rooms." -Shannon

  • Ruthy from Discovery Street

    "The difference these solar shades make is remarkable. You can see the drastic difference on the light hitting the floor and furniture. We absolutely love that we can be sitting on the couch and with the touch of a button block the sun, yet maintain our view. And the best part is that there are no cords at all, especially since the windows are right next to the our daughter's play area."-Ruthy

  • Bianca from The Pierogie Mama

    "These roller shades have met each of the requirements that I gave to Blinds.com Designer Josh at the beginning of my research - they are child safe, black out very well, I can wipe them down to clean them and of course the print is very cute! Penny absolutely loved them as soon as Adam installed them. She wants it down all the time!." -Bianca

  • Jamie from Bugs and Beans

    "I was going for safety and easy! I chose the Ultra Insulating Triple Cell Shades in Cotton (with a cordless lift!) for the bay window and the Economy Light Filtering Cellular Shades in Cotton (with a cordless lift!) for the side windows. We love these windows as they only took 45 minutes to install 6 windows all ranging in different sizes! Beautiful if I'd say so myself!"-Jamie