One of the most common concerns arising from the use of blinds is that they can be potentially damaging for kids. In Australia alone, there have been 15 incidents where children have either died or have suffered serious injuries due to mishaps spurring from blinds.
Young children have been found strangled on the loops of the chains and cords that are used to operate and manage window blinds. This is a matter of grave importance, and all due actions should be taken to ensure that the children in your own home stay safe and protected at all times.
Your home should be a safe haven for your children; they should be places where they feel protected and as far away from all realms of danger as possible. All loops from blinds and curtains hanging around the windows, can pose a serious threat to the harmony of children living in your house. Babies and little infants, often below 3 years, are very much at threat from being strangled in these loops.
Children are naturally inquisitive and while roaming around, they tend to poker their hands and faces into everything they see. If they get entangled in any of the hanging loops from a blind, they may be at risk from strangulation as they fall. These types of tragedies have occurred in Australia and all around the world. It is always better to enforce precautions then to have regret later on, which is why we have made a list of things you can do to avert the danger of your child being strangulated from the loop hanging from a blind.
What to Do
There are numerous methods you can follow to make your existing blinds safe for children. A few of these methods are:
- The real risk comes from the cords that are hanging down. To limit the chances of risk from this side, try cutting the cord short and installing tassels instead of the loop.
- The bottom end of the cord should be at-least 1.5 meters above the ground so that small children cannot reach it easily.
- Once you have cut the cord short, do not commit the mistake of tying both the cords together, as this brings up another loop.
- In situations when cords hanging from blinds cannot be cut short, you can experiment by tying down the cords with a tension drive. This will secure the cord to the floor or a wall.
- Try installing blind wands instead of cords, but do make sure that there are no chances of eye injuries.
While Choosing New Window Blinds
You should take care of safety methods while choosing new blinds for your home. Some of the tips you can follow to assure these safety methods are:
- Ask the vendor if the blind has been manufactured by keeping the relevant standards in perspective?
- Check for a warning notice
- Ask the vendor for safety tips
- See if there are instructions on safe installing and using the product
- Consider buying cellular blinds, as they have cordless and motorized options for rolling the blinds
Once you have taken all these tips into consideration, you should assure that you strictly adhere to the following safety tips:
- Never put a bed, cot, crib, playpen or chair near a window with a blind. Any place where a child can reach a blind cord is not suitable.
- Make sure to keep chairs, sofas, shelves, bookcases and tables far away from window and patio blinds to prevent small children from climbing on them to reach blind cords.
Most of us understand how devastating an accident involving a child can be. It can break the whole family and turn it inside out forever. Do the needful and make sure that your place is as child-proof as can be with the use of appropriate blinds.