The blinds industry has been under real scrutiny over the last few years, and it’s for very good reason. Following the deaths of countless infants due to the cords which are attached to blinds, manufacturers have been under pressure to design products which take on a cordless approach and subsequently eradicate these risks.
Bearing this in mind, as a parent, it goes without saying that a cordless blind product is one that you should be looking to purchase whenever possible for your child’s nursery.
However, don’t be fooled into thinking that this is the only step you can take. While cordless blinds are by far and away the best choice for any household with children, there are additional suggestions that can be implemented to limit the safety concerns that can occur with blinds and children.
Firstly, let’s talk about window access. The vast majority of windows in our home are placed far too high for a toddler to access – if there isn’t any “leverage” to reach them that is. Unfortunately, whether it’s via a bookcase, chest of drawers or any other type of furniture, there’s usually something placed by a window that makes it easy for your little one to climb on and possibly put themselves in danger. Therefore, first and foremost, let’s move all possible climbing frames away from windows and make them as inaccessible as possible.
The next tips are all about the installation and just making sure you take advantage of every safety accessory that blinds manufacturers provide. For example, while the plastic hooks that accompany most blinds may seem to be provided for the purposes of convenience, this is not the case at all. Instead, they should be fixed on the wall immediately – allowing you to loop any cord around them and subsequently keep them out of harm’s way.
Then, there are the blind stops. These can be referred to the little knots that occur high-up in the cord, preventing it from unravelling into the header of the blind. However, there can be occasions where these stops are positioned incorrectly, and subsequently leave too much of the blind dangling below. This presents obvious safety risks so again, before you even allow your little one to venture into his or her room, make sure you have installed the blinds using all of the supplied accessories and using the instructions provided.
Having said all of the above, there’s a reason why cordless blinds are so popular – they happen to be the safest product on the market for children. Nevertheless, there’s also a reason why corded options are still allowed to be sold – it’s because they can be safe if left within the right hands. Therefore, while the primary advice should be to always consider the cordless option, even if you don’t have a set of blinds of this description erected all is not lost. You’ve just got to be very careful, and ensure that absolutely all possible safety avenues are covered.