3 Rules for Buying Toddler-Safe Window Coverings
News According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, corded window coverings are among the top five hidden hazards in American homes.
Window cords can pose a potential strangulation hazard to young children. Safety advocates all recommend that only cordless window coverings or window coverings with inaccessible cords be used in homes with young children.
Children and window cords don’t mix. When window cords are accessible to young children, these products may become strangulation hazards. This is especially important with older window coverings that may not meet the latest national standard for window covering safety. Only non-corded window coverings should be used in homes where infants and young children are present.
“When window cords are accessible to young children, these products may become strangulation hazards.”
We disseminate safety information throughout the year via the media and partnerships with a wide variety of public and private organizations. October is Window Covering Safety Month, a time to bring attention to window covering cord-safety and urge parents and caregivers to check their window coverings for exposed or dangling cords which can pose a strangulation hazard to infants and young children and replace them with today’s safer products.
To aid parents and caregivers in making the right choice when selecting window coverings, cordless options can easily be identified by the Best for Kids™ certification label. The Best for Kids certification program is designed to help consumers and retailers identify window covering products that are best suited for use in homes with young children. Products that qualify for this certification either have no cords or operating cords and inner cords that are not accessible. These products are currently available at major retailers across the country.
To maximize window cord safety when young children are present, consumers are urged to follow these safety guidelines:
1. Go cordless
Install only cordless window coverings or those with inaccessible cords in homes with young children. Replace window blinds, corded shades and draperies with products that are cordless or have inaccessible cords marked with the Best for Kids™ certification label.
2. Keep playtime clear
Move all cribs, beds, furniture and toys away from windows and window cords, preferably to another wall.
3. Keep it up, and away
When window cords are present, ensure that all window cords are out of sight and reach, by shortening or tying them up and away, so that they are inaccessible to young children.