Window Cords are a Hidden Home Hazard
October is National Window Covering Safety Month, and the Consumer Product Safety Commission is urging parents and caregivers to rid their homes of this hidden hazard: window cords.
The CPSC took to their Instagram this week to remind the public of the danger that window cords can pose to young children:
Window covering cords are one of the top hidden hazards in the home. On average, about nine children age 5 and younger die every year from strangulation in window blinds, shades, draperies and other window coverings with cords.
When children become entangled, strangulation can occur in less than a minute. Window cord strangulation is often silent, so parents or caregivers nearby may not realize that a tragedy is unfolding.
What You Can Do
For homes with young children present, the CPSC strongly recommends replacing all window coverings with cordless options. If it is not possible to replace all corded window covering at this time, the CPSC recommends the following:
- Eliminate any dangling cords by making the pull cords as short as possible.
- Keep all window covering cords out of the reach of children.
- Ensure that cord stops are installed properly and adjusted to limit the ovement of inner lift cords.
- Anchor to the floor or wall continuous-loop cords for draperies and blinds.
- Move all cribs, beds, furniture and toys away from windows and window covering cords, preferably to another wall.
When replacing corded window covering over time, replace those in areas where children are most often present, such as nurseries and playrooms, first.
Need help finding the right cordless window coverings for your home? All window coverings from Custom Blinds and Shutters are cordless, unless otherwise requested. We can help you find the right option for your lifestyle and budget.