October is National Window Covering Safety Month.
You’ve likely never thought about the notion that window covering could be dangerous to the little ones in your home. But the Window Covering Safety Council (WCSC) and U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) say corded window coverings are one of the top five hidden hazards in American homes.
The risk of accidental strangulation in window cords can easily be averted by securing cords far out of the reach of curious little hands, or by avoiding window treatments with cords altogether. Newer motorized shades and blinds use no cords at all, making them a wise choice as well. Your At-home Window Fashions Specialist can show you great “secured cord” and cordless options that offer both beauty and safety. Even older window coverings can be retrofitted to make them safer (see: https://windowcoverings.org/how-to-retrofit).
In addition, the WCSC encourages parents to follow these basic cord-safety precautions:
- Move all furniture, cribs, beds and climbable surfaces away from windows.
- Keep all window cords well out of the reach of children.
- Install only cordless window coverings in homes with young children.
- Make sure tasseled pull cords are as short as possible. Continuous-loop pull cords on draperies and vertical blinds should be pulled tight and anchored to the floor or wall.
- Be sure cord stops are properly installed and adjusted to limit inner-cord movement.
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