Children and window covering cords can be a cause for disaster. These seemingly harmless products may pose a serious strangulation threat to your young ones. This becomes increasingly important with older window coverings as many of them do not meet the latest national standards when it comes to window cord safety. When possible, cordless window coverings should be replaced and used in place of corded window coverings whenever infants and/or young children are present. If this is not possible, this may be a sign that your home is in need of a window covering replacement.
Here is a common checklist of items to make note of whenever infants or young ones are present as per the Window Covering Safety Council (WCSC):
Move all cribs, beds, furniture, and toys away from windows and window cords.
Make sure that tasseled pull cords are as short as possible.
Continuous-loop cords on draperies and vertical blinds should be permanently anchored to the floor wall.
Keep all window cords well out of reach of children. Eliminate and remove any dangling cords.
Check that cord stops are properly installed and adjusted to limit the movement of inner lift cords.