This post was sponsored by Window Covering Safety Council as part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central and all opinions expressed in my post are my own.
When we bought our first house, I thought I was prepared.
I looked for all the hidden hazards even though we didn’t have children yet. I wanted to check for carbon monoxide, the windows had to be a certain height, there needed to anchors where we could install baby gates, if there was a basement, the door needed to swing a certain way, the paint needed to be checked for lead, the list was extensive.
Yet, I missed something.
Now I see them everywhere, and it’s one of the first things we talk about when we move into new rentals or stay in a hotel.
The Hidden Danger of Window Cords
While I would love to tell you that my kids are perfect angels and would never play with something I told them not to, that’s simply not true.
Before we bought the house, I thought I had everything covered for when we did have kids. Except I didn’t see one of the top five hidden hazards in US homes.
All the windows in our home had plantation blinds with cords.
We thought we fixed the cord issue by using a blind cord safety cleat, but that only worked to some extent.
It only takes one curious toddler who decides to push their rocking horse over to the wall, unwrap the cord, and decide they want to swing from it like Tarzan or wrap it around their neck.
Why do they wrap things around their necks? I feel like we have had the “We do not wrap anything around our face or neck” conversation a lot over the years.
Have you checked your window coverings? October is National Window Covering Safety Month. It’s a great time to check your window coverings for exposed or dangling cords. Dangling cords can pose a strangulation hazard to infants and young children. We all know that we can’t watch our children 24-7, but we can remove hazards from their rooms and play spaces. Consider replacing window coverings exposed or dangling cords with cordless products.
Cordless Window Coverings
Over the next year, we will be moving again. One of the items on my list of things to check out this time is whether or not the home has cordless blinds. If it doesn’t, those will be one of the first things we replace.
While my kids are older, they still have moments when they don’t think clearly. We will also have friends and family with small children who will come visit.
Cordless blinds are a safer alternative to window coverings with cords.
To make shopping easier, I’ll be looking for Best For Kids products. The Best for Kids™ certification program logo makes it easy to select cordless options because they can be identified easily. Best for Kids products are currently available at major retailers across the country.
This month, if you have young children living or who visit your home regularly, I urge you to look around your home and identify window coverings with dangling cords. Consider replacing those with safer cordless options.