Children Can Strangle On
Curtain And Blind Cords
Curtain and blind cord can
be a real danger to babies and young
children. Children have been strangled
when they got caught in curtain or blind
cords. Most of them are under the age of
Fortunately, child safety is something
that the window coverings industry has
seriously addressed within the last few
years, and major manufacturers continue to
develop new features to ensure the safety
of your home.
For concerned parents who wish to have
window coverings with no cords at all,
please check the following products.
Shutters are always cord-free.
blinds are available with a single
wand operation with no cord or chain.
shades have cordless and motorized
sliders check out the Ovation. Another
great cord-free product.
Got large windows or a sliding glass door?
See the Averté
woven wood shade for a cordless
None of these precautions are 100%
full-proof, and should not be considered
an alternative to direct parental
supervision. All cord safety it ultimately
the responsibility of the parent.
Do not leave curtain and blind cords
hanging. Keep the cords out of the reach
If you already have blinds, make sure that
they are safe by eliminating any looped
Cut the cords short. Tie the cord to
itself. Whether the blind is up or down,
make sure children can't reach the
Keep sofas, chairs, tables, shelves or
bookcases away from windows to prevent
children from climbing up to reach the
curtain or blind cord.
Use a clip, clothes pin, big
twist tie, or tie the cord to
itself with a knot to keep the
cord out of the reach of
Get rid of the loop in the
cord by cutting the cord in half.
Then, put plastic tassels or a
break-away device at the end of
the cords. Even with this
adjustment, the cords can still
be unsafe. Cords should still
also be secured out of a child's
reach. Please note not all lift
styles can be adjusted this
Wrap the cord around a cleat
that you have attached to the
wall near the top of the curtains
To protect your children,
U.S. Blinds is
pleased to provide upon request
cord cleats free of charge with
every shade that we
Child Safety Guidelines
First and foremost, there is no
substitute for direct parental
NEVER put a crib, bed, high chair or
playpen near a window or a patio door
where a child can reach the curtain or
blind cord and strangle.
If you have blinds with looped cords, you
can make them child-safe by cutting the
cord and attaching a new tassel to each
cut end (see directions above).
Many products now come with special
features which enhance product safety. If
you have small children, you'll want to
look for these features:
* Break-Thru Safety Tassels break apart
and separate when pressure is applied on
them. Separated tassles or break-thru
tassles, can still be VERY dangerous if
the cord is still very long, or has even a
small twist in it.
* The Continuous Cord feature uses a
pulley-like system with a single cord,
keeping the cord loop taut and eliminating
* The Cordless feature eliminates cords
altogether. Blinds can be lifted or
lowered by hand!
* Motorization features eliminate lift
cords through battery operated remote
controls. Shades can be lifted and lowered
at the touch of a button, and should
anything get in its way, the built-in
Safety-Stop automatically stops the
In addition to these great options, all of
the blinds at U.S. Blinds
use lead-free paint, which is one less
danger you'll have to worry about. Some
imported vinyl mini blinds contain lead,
and when children chew on these blinds,
they run the risk of lead poisoning.
No matter what choice is made for your
window covering needs, please be careful
and make the necessary precautions to help
ensure your child's safety.
For additional safety tips and free repair
kits, contact the Window
Covering Safety Council.