Kids are back in school, fall is around the corner and I’ve got lots of things on my to-do list for the season ahead! It’s the perfect time to start working on projects we’ve put off all summer. With the kids away at school I can finally check off some of our home maintenance tasks, starting with our home safety list.
One of the top hidden hazards in homes are corded window coverings. October is Window Covering Safety Month, so it’s also a good time to check your windows for exposed or dangling cords that can pose a strangulation hazard to infants and small children.
If you have older corded windows coverings they may have lopped pull cords or accessible inner cords. These are dangerous to young children and should be replaced with cordless products. Look for the “Best for Kids” logo when choosing new window coverings. You can find cordless window coverings with inaccessible cords at all major US retailers.
Products with the Best for Kids certification label have gone through third party testing and are designed for use in homes with young kids.
We recently replaced our older blinds with cordless window coverings. My three-year-old loves to stand at the window and look for birds and squirrels. Like all children, he’s curious and wants to see and touch everything around him. I feel so much better knowing our cordless blinds are a safer option. It’s one less worry with my little explorer on the roam at home.
Ensuring our children have a safe home to grow up in is an important part of parenting. Maybe the most important. Check your window coverings to be sure they are cordless. If not, make sure accessible cords are tucked away and out of reach of small children. Schedule a time to replace corded blinds with safer cordless options, and check that safety task off your list too!
Visit the Window Covering Safety Council website to learn more.