Last Updated on April 19, 2017
If you use the traditional type of blinds inside your home you should know that there is a danger with them. The long cords on them are extremely dangerous to children of all ages and you’ll need to get this situation handled quickly. There have been severe injuries and even deaths occurring from the long cord that hangs down to close and open the blinds. If you have children, especially toddlers, you should consider trading in these blinds for something that is much safer.
The long ropes hanging from these blinds can suffocate and kill a child and it can all happen in a moment. One minute your child is running around the living room playing and laughing and the next minute you are on the phone calling 911 trying to save your child’s life. This can all be due to some cheap blinds that were made without important safety features in mind.
When you consider the cost of replacing these blinds it makes a lot of sense to do so. You can even purchase a cheap set of curtains if you can’t afford a more expensive pair of blinds that come without the long dangling cord. If you don’t like the look of curtains, maybe you can just make do with them until you can afford the more expensive types of blinds for the safety of your children.
As a parent it’s always your responsibility to make sure that you keep the house as safe as possible for everyone that is living there. Special attention needs to be placed on safety factors such as covering electrical outlets, blocking staircases, hiding sharp objects and locking away medicines and poisons. Once you’ve done that and have completed a safety check sheet for your toddlers and young children, it’s time to look at your window coverings and see if they are safe as well.
In the meantime, before you can get out to purchase new curtains or blinds for your windows, here are a few safety ideas that you can implement right away to make sure that your child is kept safe:
- Keep all furniture away from the blinds
- Tie up the cords and place them out of reach when they’re not being used
- Pull cords with a tassel on them should be kept short
- Looped cords should be attached to the wall
Remember that safety should always come before aesthetics especially when you have a young child or a toddler in the home. For the low cost of purchasing curtains instead of blinds with a long cord on them, you’ll be able to relax knowing that your child has one less danger in the home to worry about.