According to the US Consumer Product Safety Commission, there has been a recorded number of 160 plus children since 1991 who have died from window treatment cord strangulation. Because of these unnecessary deaths, the window treatment industry has had a complete overhaul with the way they create their products. Nowadays, window treatments are not only safer but child-friendly as well. However, this does not necessarily mean that your child will really be safe around your home’s window treatments.
Listed below are some of the ways that you can childproof your window treatments even more.
Beds, Cribs, and Furniture Away from Windows
You may want your child to enjoy a more natural light, but this doesn’t mean that you have to place his bed or crib near the windows. In fact, this is a big no-no since he can easily get caught in the window treatment cords.
Children are naturally curious. If they see something that caught their attention, they will not stop until they have the object in their hands. Now, if they think that the window treatment cord is worth investigating, then what’s stopping them from reaching over their cribs and grabbing the cord? Not only can this result to getting strangled by the dangling cords, but this can also result to falling off the crib, causing injuries.
You should also keep furniture away from windows like chairs and toy trunks. Curious children can always climb on top of these things to grab the cord. If they lose their balance, they could not only fall but also get tangled up in the cords.
Cords Away from Children’s Reach
You should never let window treatment cords simply hang down where the child could easily reach it. Instead, place them on the installed hooks, which are also called cleats. Make sure that the cleats are nowhere near your child’s reach though, and make sure, too, that you do not wrap the cord around the hooks. Not only can this twist the cords, but this can also cause them to become caught or tangled up in the headrail, resulting to uneven length of the shades.
If you want a more child-friendly window treatment, then you should replace all old window treatments with cordless shades and blinds. Not only is it child-friendly, but it is also safer as well. You can also cut the pull cord, which is located above the end tassel, from your old window blinds or shades. The end tassel is the little item that looks very similar to a thimble. Now, if there is an equalizer buckle, then you need to remove it and simply tie a knot at the end of each cord to create new tassels. This way, there will be no loops where your child could get tangled up in.
Child-Friendly Window Treatment Options
Here are some examples of popular child-friendly window treatments that you can choose from:
- Motorized window treatments. With this type, you definitely have no cords to worry about since you can simply adjust the shade with a simple touch of a button.
- Cordless window treatments. As the name implies, it also has no cords but you can simply adjust the shade through a hidden control system.
Jennifer Dalrymple is an article writer for Stoneside Blinds and Shades. This company is known for its trendy yet high quality window treatments.