When it comes to cord safety I tend to be a stickler- I will untangle a cord if I see one that needs it anywhere! Some people don’t realize how dangerous tied up blind strings or an unmounted cord loop can be, kids are curious and active. From the CPSC in the US between 1996 and 2012 there were 184 deaths and 101 non-fatal incidents; children can lose consciousness in seconds. One more death is too many! I watched, well I tried to, a clip from ABC News earlier this year it truly was one of the scariest things I have seen– a child hanging along the window kicking as the mother screamed, I believe the child was ok but that should not happen in another home again.
What can you do?
Changing your window treatments to cordless is the safest way to take care of the problem, at Korner Window I have several brands and products that are certified ‘Best for Kids’, however I am aware it is not always possible to make this immediate upgrade. If you are not ready to have Korner Window come to your home measure your windows, help you select the right product for your home, and install your new shades I hope you will take a look at your existing window coverings and make these small adjustments.
Blinds and shades with a hanging cord (or cord lock)
- Cords should have no knots in them
- Cord/tassel should be kept as short as possible- (Before making any cuts be sure to operate your shade all the way open and shut before and don’t forget you have to be able to reach it.)
- Cord should then be attached to the wall on a cord cleat keeping them out of reach of children and pets.
Shades and drapes with a cord loop
- Loops should be mounted to the wall leaving little slack in the chain or cord
Please call or email me with any concerns you have in making your current products safer for your home. I have cord cleats and cord tensioners on hand as well!
For current information about cord safety visit windowcovering.org
Visit kornerwindow.com or my showroom in Kings Hometown Furniture and Floorcovering, downtown Ackley to visit with me about Best for Kids options.