Most parents are aware of the obvious baby proofing checklist items – baby gates, electrical outlet covers, cabinet locks, sharp furniture corners, etc. However, there are “hidden” hazards around the home, such as corded window coverings, which hide in plain sight and should be on everyone’s list of items to child proof.

A serious accident can only take seconds. Corded window coverings can be a strangulation hazard as infants and young children can accidentally become entangled in the cords. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), the window covering industry and consumer safety advocates all agree that only cordless window coverings or those with inaccessible cords should be used in homes with young children.

What can you do?

Parents and caregivers are encouraged to follow these window covering safety guidelines:

  1. Install only cordless window coverings or those with inaccessible cords in homes with young children.  Replace corded window covering products with cordless products, such as those marked with the Best for Kids™ label certification, which are available at major retailers across the U.S. in a variety of colors and styles to fit any room. The Best for Kids™ certification program makes it easy for parents and caregivers to make the right choice to help them identify the window covering products that are best suited for homes with young children.

  2. Move all cribs, beds, furniture and toys away from windows and window cords, preferably to another wall.

  3. When window cords are present, ensure that all window cords are out of sight and reach, by shortening or moving them up and away, so that they are inaccessible to young children.

For more information on window covering cord safety in the home, visit www.windowcoverings.org. Connect with WCSC on Facebook for more home safety information and ideas.