The holidays are well underway! It’s a time of enjoyment and fun for all parties involved. For those who are hosting friends and family, and don’t typically have young children in your home, there’s some precautions that you should consider before your visitors come over.
Add Cord Cleats to Windows With Strings
This month, check your window treatments for child-safety features, or lack thereof. October is National Window Cord Safety Month, sponsored by The Window Covering Safety Council (WCSC) alongside the U.S Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC). Now is the time to install child-safe window treatments in your home, or bring your older, less safe treatments, up to speed!
Homes with children, and pets, should be equipped with only cordless shades, as they are the only truly child-safe type option. Most corded shades (ours included) come with child-safety features such as breakaway cords and tensioners, but the fact remains, and cord is a hazard. According to the CPSC, window treatments and coverings are one of the top five hidden hazards in homes in America. Instances of strangulation and death have occurred. Many of these deaths were from older products that lacked proper safety devices, and fortunately, this day in age these accidents are highly preventable.
“Window cord strangulations are one of the top hidden hazards in the home,” says U.S Consumer Product Safety Commission Chairman Inez Tenenbaum. “CPSC recommends that only cordless window coverings or those with inaccessible cords be used in homes with young children. They are available today in the marketplace and will prevent window blind strangulations. Make sure all window shades, blinds and draperies in your home do not have cords that are within the reach of a child.”