Most people don’t give a second thought to the cords used to open and close curtains and blinds. Research and recent development reveals that these seemingly innocent items are capable of strangling young children, babies, and even pets.
It only takes just a few seconds for a baby, young child or pet to become entangled in curtains or blind cords. This can happen when cords are too long or they end in a loop. If a child slips, moves quickly or plays with a cord, the cord can act like a noose and strangle the child. Pets can also easily become tangled in cords. Often times, blinds are improperly installed or the safety mechanisms aren’t being used correctly.
We at Blind Installation and Repair, Inc. urge parents and caretakers to take steps to remove the very real threat posed to youngsters by existing curtain and blind cords. We want every child and pet to be safe and protected against this hidden danger.
Steps for Protecting Your Children and Pets
- Smart Furniture Placement: Keep children and pets away from cords by moving cribs, playpens, beds and any climbable furniture away from windows.
- Stay Alert: Both at home and away on holidays, make sure that blind and curtain cords are out of reach.
- Make Loose Cords Safe: Install a simple hook on your wall next to your windows to wrap any long cords around. You can also cut long cords so they’re too short for children or pets to reach and fix the ends with tassels.
- Replace Old Blinds: The simplest way to keep your children safe is to switch to cordless blinds. We can help you there.
- Fix Your Current Blinds: If you can’t replace your blinds, you can retrofit older window coverings to be safer. Contact us to find out how.
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