There’s so much to think about when moving or preparing to have a child. You research and buy the safest crib, the highest-rated car seat, and even baby-safe laundry detergent. Unfortunately, even the most attentive parents who believe they’ve made their home safe for their kids sometimes overlook window treatments. Cords on window blinds and shades can be, and have been, deadly to young children.
It is critical to check the safety of your blinds and shades, especially if you have children in your life. (That means you too, Grandma and Grandpa!) Even if you don’t ever have children in your home, pet owners know that some pets will make a toy out of anything they find, and blinds and shades with cords can be dangerous to them as well.
- Check your entire home for window treatments with any operating cords. Do not limit yourself to your children’s bedrooms.
- If your blinds use a continuous-loop cord, make sure it’s always anchored to a tie-down device to prevent a free standing loop.
- Replace corded blinds and shades with cordless window treatments, including our Best for Kids options, evaluated and certified by independent test labs that have been approved by the Window Covering Manufacturers Association.
- If you can’t replace window treatments immediately, call us at 1-877-792-0002 for free cord cleats to securely tie your cords up and out of reach, and use them every time you operate the blinds.
Be especially careful to inspect window blinds or shades made before 2002, the year that tassel ends, cord stops, and other important safety changes were introduced in all blinds and shades. Strongly consider replacing older models with newer, safer cordless alternatives or call us for a free cord cleat kit: 1-877-792-0002. Please protect your family and #gocordless today.