Children are often fascinated with blinds and cords and can quickly find trouble.
It is always important to re-assess your home. Most parents will raise the blinds up about waist high so that the babies can look outside and so that the little ones don't shred your blinds. Since October is National Window Covering Safety Month, please review these tips:
- Install only cordless window coverings in young children's bedrooms and play areas.
- 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 reach of children. Make sure that tasseled pull cords are short 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 cord lifts.
- Lock cords into position whenever horizontal blinds or shades are lowered, including when they come to rest on a windowsill.
According to information provided by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, since 1990, more than 200 infants and young children have died from accidentally strangling in window cords.
Infant House is dedicated to helping parents prevent injuries to their babies and small children in the home. Please contact us if we can help provide peace of mind for you.
About the Author: Jack Smith is a child safety professional with InfantHouse.com. Infant House provides baby proofing services in the Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas area.