Most people don’t think much about the cords used to open and close curtains and blinds. However, these seemingly innocent items are capable of causing significant injury and death to babies, young children, and even pets.
It takes just a few seconds for a child, pet or vulnerable adult to become entangled in curtains or blind cords. This can happen when cords are too long or 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.
These traumatic accidents are preventable. However, many blinds are improperly installed, and existing safety mechanisms are used incorrectly.
At Blind Installation and Repair, we urge parents and caretakers to take steps to remove the very real threat posed to children, pets and vulnerable adults by existing curtain and blind cords. We want all families to be protected against this hidden danger.
In December 2018, the Window Covering Manufacturers Association established a new guideline, stating that cords on custom-made window coverings cannot be longer than 40% of the height of the window covering. At Blind Installation and Repair, all products we sell and install comply with these standards. If you’re not sure whether your existing blind cords pose a potential danger to your children or pets, please contact us today.
If you tell one person, and that person tells one person, pretty soon, we’re all safer.
According to the FCC, blinds with cords are one of the top five hidden household dangers. Help us spread awareness of blind cord safety in your community!
Together, we can make a difference.
Blind Safety Tips for Protecting 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. There are other ways to shorten your cords, please contact us help you through the process.
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 about child safe window coverings.
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