Blinds can be very dangerous, and potentially even fatal to young children. Whilst that does not mean you cannot have blinds in homes with young children, you will have to take some extra precautions, to ensure your little one’s safety. If you are considering getting blinds installed G&C Professional Home Improvements, based in Southampton, Hampshire can help. We proudly offer a bespoke measuring and installation service, by our expert surveyor. With over 16 years’ experience, he will ensure your blinds meet all your requirements, including possessing minimal danger to your small children.
Window blinds' cords possess a real risk. In fact, they have left hundreds of children strangled to death, even when their caregivers have been close by. Blind-related accidents have been reported for children as old as eight, so please do not assume risks are only relevant to toddlers. True, the smaller and younger the child, the greater the danger! But blinds can pose a threat to older children too.
Corded products are dangerous and require additional safety measures. The only way to ensure 100% safety is to have cordless blinds. However, if cordless blinds are not a possible option, then there are still some steps you should take to reduce the risks to your children.
Purchase safety devices
You can purchase safety devices such as cord cleats- they are even freely available online! Cord cleats reduce the danger of corded blinds, as they consolidate the excess cord, so that it can be kept out of reach from a small child.
One simple option is to just cut the cords off your blinds. Whilst this removes the ability to lift and lower blinds, you can still use the tilt wand to tilt the slats. You also shouldn’t just tuck the cord behind window coverings. This is not a safe solution. Children will still find ways to access and reach these ‘tucked’ cords and present themselves with danger.
Remove and prevent putting furniture near windows.
As children love to climb, it is important to avoid having climbable objects near windows. Otherwise there is a chance, that children could climb and become entangled in cords. Even if you have cord cleats, this advice should be followed, because you do not want to risk your child accessing any existing cords.
Replace blinds one window at a time if needed
If finances are preventing you from replacing old blinds and purchasing new cordless ones, then consider replacing them one-by-one, over an extended period of time. Start with the windows in the rooms your child spends most of their time, like their bedroom or the living room, and end with the one they spend least time in.
People tend to assume cordless blinds are a lot more expensive, but this is not necessarily true. To help make cheaper purchases, try using price-comparison tools.
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