Child Safety for Blinds & Shades

Learn Child Safety Tips & Options For Window Treatments

Child Safety for Blinds & Shades Buying Guide

Many families enjoy the privacy that blinds and shades provide, but window treatments with cords can be a hazard in homes with small children. This guide will teach you how to make your home safe for your children to avoid injury.

According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, every month, one child between ages 7 months and 10 years dies from window cord strangulation. In the same timeframe, one child suffers from near strangulation. Additionally, window coverings with cords are cited as one of the top five hidden hazards in the home.
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Basic Window Treatment & Cord Childproofing

When installing window treatments, cordless blinds and shades are the best option for homeowners with small children. Remember to check all window treatments periodically to make sure they are in good working order.

  • Install only cordless blinds and shades in young children’s bedrooms and other sleeping areas.
  • Replace window blinds, corded shades and draperies manufactured before 2001 with safer products made in the last few years.
  • Move all cribs, beds, toys and furniture away from windows and window cords.
  • Keep all window pull cords and inner lift cords out of the reach of children.
  • Make sure tasseled pull cords are secured with a cord cleat, and continuous-loop cords are permanently anchored to the floor or wall.
  • Make sure cord stops are properly installed and adjusted to limit the movement of inner lift cords.
  • Lock cords into position whenever horizontal blinds or shades are lowered, including when they come to rest at a windowsill.
  • Never mount products with accessible back cords, such as Roman or woven wood shades, within the reach of children.