Safety & Window Blinds CordsChildren and window cords don't mix. When window cords are accessible to small children, these seemingly harmless products may become strangulation hazards.
This is especially important with older window coverings that may not meet the latest national standard for windowcord safety.
The Window Covering Safety Council urges you to check all areas of your home for potential window cord hazards. Replace or retrofit blinds, shades and draperies purchased before 2001 with today's safer products.
And remember to always follow these basic window-cord safety rules:
- Move all cribs, beds, furniture and toys away from windows and window cords, preferably to another wall.
- Keep all window pull cords and inner lift cords out of the reach of children. Make sure that tasseled pull cords are short, that continuous-loop cords are permanently anchored to the floor or wall, and that cord stops are properly installed and adjusted to limit movement of inner lift cords.
- Lock cords into position whenever horizontal blinds or shades are lowered, including when they come to rest on a windowsill.
- Replace window blinds, corded shades and draperies manufactured before 2001 with today's safer products. Install cordless window coverings in children's bedrooms and play areas.