They make our homes and windows beautiful, but window coverings can be dangerous for small children and pets. That’s why the Window Covering Safety Council (WCSC) and the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) hold National Window Covering Safety Month every October.
It’s a chance to urge caregivers to check their window coverings for exposed or dangling cords, which pose a strangulation hazard to infants and young children, and to replace them as soon as possible with safer blinds and shades. WCSC and CPSC strongly recommend that only cordless window coverings or those with inaccessible cords be used in homes with young children.
“Corded window coverings are one of the top five hidden hazards in American homes—and they are a preventable hazard,” said CPSC Chairman Elliot F. Kaye. “The Commission urges families to go out and buy cordless products or window coverings with inaccessible cords, which can be found in stores nationwide.”
The Window Covering Safety Council also encourages parents and caregivers move all furniture, cribs, beds and climbable surfaces away from windows, and follow these basic cord-safety precautions:
- Keep all window cords well out of the reach of children.
- Install only cordless window coverings in homes with young children.
- Make sure tasselled pull cords are as short as possible. Continuous-loop pull cords on draperies and vertical blinds should be pulled tight and anchored to the floor or wall.
- Be sure cord stops are properly installed and adjusted to limit inner-cord movement.
The Window Covering Safety Council offers free retrofit kits if you prefer to keep your older window treatments.
Your family’s safety is always our primary concern. You can choose fashionable, functional, and safe window treatments for your home at any of our Hirshfield’s locations in Minnesota, Wisconsin, and North Dakota. Our experts will help you choose the perfect ones.
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