What Are Cordless Blinds?
Let’s take a quick look at how cordless blinds differ from traditional corded blinds before we go any further. Dangling pull cords are a feature of traditional designs. These cables allow you to raise or lower your window treatments to the desired position quickly and easily.
The basic functionality of cordless blinds is the same as that of corded blinds. They do not, however, have a pull cord. Instead, you use various methods to raise and lower them.
What causes injuries in children when using corded blinds?
Corded blinds are hazardous to children and pets for a variety of reasons
- The dangling cables of a typical blind can easily entangle children. Pull cords will be completely unfamiliar to toddlers in your home. It is something they can grab on to and pull, which could cause the blind to fall from the brackets. Toddlers might get the cord wrapped around their necks or other portions of their bodies while fumbling around aimlessly.
- A toddler can experience the same thing. When a toddler walks or runs into a pull string, the same thing can happen.
- Pull cords may be understood by children who are older than toddlers. This understanding, however, has no bearing on the safety risk. This is because children of this age may choose to play with pull cords knowingly.
What Makes Cordless Blinds So Secure?
- They don’t have a dangling cord to entrap your kids. This prevents children from strangling themselves when toying with a pull string.
- Blinds or shades with no cords are a good option. Examine window coverings for any exposed cords that could strangle newborns and small children. Replace corded window treatments with cordless alternatives. Draperies, shutters, cordless cellular, and cordless roller shades are some of the most popular choices.
Safety Doesn’t Have to Mean Sacrificing Beauty
Some people may be concerned that switching to cordless blinds may limit their interior design possibilities. That isn’t the case, though. You can choose a blind style and color to match practically any design scheme with the goods now available. You won’t have trouble combining beauty with safety with so many options available to you.
Blinds that priorities the safety of children
- When selecting a window blind, you want to ensure that it will match your decor, provide privacy, and provide the sun shading that you desire.
- If you have small children, child safety regulation now requires blinds to have safety features such as breakaway tassels/connectors and cord locking clips, as well as cord length.
- There are, however, cordless blinds available. We strongly advise you to think about these for your child’s total safety.
- You will go to great lengths to ensure that your home is as secure as possible if you have children.
Child Proofing for existing Window Treatments
- Keeping cords hidden and out of reach is a good idea – If you can’t afford to upgrade, make sure all window wires are out of sight and out of reach of children.
- Access to cords should be restricted – All cribs, mattresses, furniture, and toys should be moved away from windows and window cords, preferably to the other wall. These things may unintentionally serve as “step stools,” allowing a kid to reach a window or cord.
- Tighten it up – Pull continuous-loop pull cords taut and secure with a tension device to the floor or wall.
- Install your window coverings correctly – To minimize movement on inner cables on blinds and shades, make sure cord stops are properly fitted and adjusted.
Vertical Blinds: Are They Safe for Kids?
The risk of a child or pet getting entangled in the cording is the most evident issue.
- Take a look at the window treatments that are currently in place throughout the property. It makes no difference what kind of window covering you has (roman shades, vertical blinds, horizontal blinds, etc.) Keep an eye out for any exposed cording. Any cords that are visible or accessible are a serious safety hazard. Don’t forget to check the rear of your window covering for cording.
- Take care of any exposed cording by contacting the manufacturer (vertical blinds, horizontal blinds, cell shades, etc.). Request a retro-fit kit by the manufacturer. They are usually free of charge, and they come with everything you need to protect children from the dangers of visible/accessible cording.
- Consumers are encouraged to replace conspicuous corded products with newer, safer cordless products if at all possible.
- The necessary hold downs are available at your local hardware shop. They can also be snipped and tasseled. Another simple rule to follow to improve window safety is to avoid placing any bulky furniture near a window. This increases the likelihood of a kid gaining access to exposed cording.