This post was sponsored by the Window Covering Safety Council as part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central and all opinions expressed in my post are my own
It’s October and that means it’s National Window Covering Safety Month, it’s the small things that can go unnoticed and pose a threat to little ones, window covering chords can be extremely dangerous if children and babies are around them, especially when they are left alone or sleeping. A few years ago, I was reading a story in the paper about a little baby who passed away due to strangulation via the dangling cords in the blinds that were right next to her crib, sadly, this was also an old school friends child. This was a wake up call for me, it was something I had never really thought about it, we did have blinds with chords, our curtains had chords and it really scared me to think that this could be my child.
After hearing about this very sad incident, I made sure that every chord was far out of reach from my child and since we moved into our new home, we have went cordless in all areas we now have blinds around the house that you can push up and down, there are no chords attached and it really gives me peace of mind for my children’s safety, Even older kids like to wrap themselves up in the curtains, play hide and seek and generally just get into things and I can’t stress enough the importance of having no chords around.
The odd thing is that I thought my whole house was baby proofed, we had a gate up by the stairs, medications and hazardous things locked in a cupboard, locks so my son couldn’t get into things like kitchen cabinets and slam stoppers on every door and a baby camera in the rooms my child could get into, We totally missed the chords on our window coverings and it’s so scary to think that one thing can take a child or babies life..
The Window Covering Safety Council (WCSC) is urging parents and caregivers to check their window coverings for exposed or dangling chords, these can pose strangulation hazards to indants and young children. It’s important to install only cordless window coverings or ones with inaccessible cords if their are young children present.
According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, corded window coverings are among the top five hidden hazards in American homes.
If you are having a hard time figuring out what window coverings and cordless options are available, look for the products with the Best for Kids™ certification label. Most Best for Kids products are available at major retailers nationwide across the country.
Click Here to visit the Window Covering Safety Council website for more information and Click Here to read more about National Window Covering Safety Month. On a personal note, this isn’t something you should “do later”, it’s so important that all cords are away from children and I can’t stress that enough!