Later this month, you may take your child or grandchild trick or treating. Imagine walking on the sidewalk with your young child in your neighborhood, their small, warm hand in yours. You’ve made sure that they are wearing warm clothes, comfortable shoes and can see well if they are wearing a mask. You’ve taken all of the safety precautions as possible. It’s what we do; we’re parents, grandparents and caregivers!
This month isn’t just for candy and Halloween. October marks National Window Covering Safety Month and brings to the forefront of our minds the safety of all window coverings. According to the US Consumer Products Safety Commission (CPSC), corded window coverings are one of the top five hidden hazards in American homes.(The other four hidden hazards are magnets, recalled products, furniture tip-over and pool/spa drains.)
The CPSC recommends only cordless window coverings or those with inaccessible cords be used in homes with young children. This will prevent possible child strangulation from loose or long cords. Below are basic tips to keep your children safe from window coverings:
- Move all furniture, cribs, beds and climbable surfaces away from windows.
- Keep all window cords well out of the reach of children. Eliminate any dangling cords.
- Install only cordless window coverings in homes with young children.
- Make sure tasseled 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.
- Order and install free retrofit kits on older blinds and shades.
To learn more about blind and shade safety or order free retrofit kits, please visit the Window Covering Safety Council at www.windowcoverings.org or call toll free at 1-800-506.4636.
Information for this post taken partially from: http://windowcoverings.org/october-kicks-off-national-window-covering-safety-month/