Homes can be full of hidden dangers, and one of the most overlooked hidden dangers present in almost every home is lurking right inside the window: window cords. Window cords make opening and closing your window blinds and curtains much easier and faster, but they can also present a danger to young children, especially infants. Young children can easily become entangled in window cords, causing strangulation and even death; every year, multiple children and infants die from window cord related accidents.
This dangerous risk to children is why WCSC (the Window Covering Safety Council) and CPSC (the U.S Consumer Product Safety Commission) are dedicating October as National Window Covering Safety Month. This dedication is an effort to spread awareness about the potential safety threat of window cords, and to let parents know how they drastically reduce and even eliminate the risk of window cord related accidents or deaths.The team at Curtain Call Creations believe this issue should be discussed every month.
The ideal way to eliminate cord related dangers is to choose window covering products without cords. Window curtains, draperies and blinds can all be purchased in cord-free versions and are typically available in most big-box home goods stores. But if parents are set on having coverings with cord attachments, they should strive to purchase coverings which have short cords that end near the top of the window or covering to avoid the possibility of children accessing them.
If parents are unwilling or unable to replace their current long-cord coverings, they can still greatly reduce the risk of accidents by taking preventive measures. Furniture—including beds, tables, cribs, chairs, and sofas—should be kept away from windows with cords. This is because children, including infants, may climb up on the furniture and reach high enough to gain access to the cords. Parents can also purchase and install “cord stoppers,” which will make sure that cords with multiple strands stay uniform and together, reducing the chance of any particular strand becoming long enough for a child to reach it. Another way to reduce the risk of cord accidents is to anchor cords to the floor or wall to make it difficult for young children to pull them away from the wall or to become entangled in them.
Cords can present a safety risk; however, this safety risk is manageable and preventable. The key to preventing cord related accidents is being aware of the dangers that window cords can possess in the home, assessing that danger to any young children or infants in the home, and solving the problem with more safety-conscious coverings or other preventative steps.