The Dangers Cords on Window Blinds Pose to Children

Window blinds and their cords can be some of the most dangerous household items for little ones. Did you know that according to stats published by United States Consumer Products Safety Commission, every month a child dies due to strangulation on a window blind cord? What’s more, approximately research also shows that from 1995-2012, approximately 159 children have been involved in some kind of blind cord accident.

These accidents have been increasing significantly over the years because more and more people are opting for blinds in their homes instead of curtains. The worst thing though is that if you think your child is safe because you have concealed cords on your blinds, then you are very wrong. Just in 2015, a 2-year-old child died by getting stuck in concealed cords. This is the reason why campaign after campaigns are being launched that aim to secure children from such hazardous scenarios where they choke to death on seemingly harmless object.

Does this mean that you should simply through blinds out of your house? There is a simpler solution. All you need to do is make sure that there are certain precautions taken so that your little one does not get stuck in any blind cord. Here are some do’s and don’ts that you will need to follow to make your house risk free.

Do’s

  • The very first thing that you need to do is to make sure that all the places where your child lies down or sits are at a far distance from any kinds of cords, especially blinds. Keep their cribs and cots away from walls and windows so the child is not able to pull them.
  • Furniture and toys should also be kept away from places where cords may be.
  • It is preferable that you opt for concealed cords but even the ones that are concealed should be such that they are inaccessible for small children.
  • Tasseled cords should be short enough so that children cannot reach them, even if they are able to stand up
  • If you have recently gotten blinds installed, check them to make sure that they are properly installed
  • Vertical blinds or draperies have continuous loop cords. They should be managed in such a way that they are permanently anchored to the floor or wall.

 

Don’ts

  • It is best to have blinds that are either cordless or simple curtains in children’s bedroom. This way the risk is completely eliminated.
  • If you have drawstring bags around the house, do not hang them in a place where a child can reach them
  • Any toys that have pull strings or that are hanged should be out of reach of children. These are the ones that are most likely to get stuck in a child’s neck.
  • Do not leave cords open or hidden behind the blinds in a way that the child can reach them by crawling to them. This is an accident waiting to happen.

Death by choking can be easily prevented so long as parents are vigilant and careful.

© Teresa Boardman, Nanny Options.


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