Child safety is the most important consideration you can make when deciding on any home decor purchases. What might seem perfectly safe could pose a potential risk for kids.
The same applies to window blinds and other window coverings.
Blinds can be big and heavy and have a number of stings and cords running through them that could pose a potential hazard for small children and pets who might get tangled up in them.
So, to help you make your home a safer place, we will discuss the potential hazards you need to consider as well as give you our top 6 pro tips to keep your kids safe.
1. Loose cords
Loose cords pose the biggest risk to child safety.
The danger here is obvious and, although it is uncommon, toddlers scurrying about could easily get caught up in lose cords.
2. Heavy blinds
The bigger blinds get the heavier they get. The type of materials they are made from also impact how much they weigh.
Wood, for instance, is a lot heavier than aluminium.
This is important because kids trying to stare out the window to look at the view might pull the blinds down on top of them.
TIPS FOR CHILD SAFETY
1. Warning labels
Not all blinds are created equal.
Use products that are designed with safety features and come with warning labels. They often go through more rigorous testing and are made with higher quality materials.
Also look for blinds that have been certified by reputable standards and quality boards like the SABS.
2. Keeps cords out of reach
This a little bit more practical.
You are immediately removing the main hazard by keeping cords out of reach of kids.
Make sure that there aren’t cords hanging near play areas or near where they sleep. Kids like to climb things so move any furniture, directly under a window with blinds away so that they can’t climb up and reach the cords.
3. Use cleats
A cleat is a little plastic hook that you attach to the wall. It allows you to wrap the cords around it to keep it out of reach.
They have the added benefit of keeping the cords neat and tidy.
4. Use cord guides
A cord guide, keeps the cord tensioned against the wall.
It allows the blind to function properly but also keeps the cords neatly out of reach instead of dangling loose.
5. Loops and tassels
Some blinds come with loops and other come with tassels. Tassels are the safer option so where possible convert loops into tassels: Cut the loops and add tassels to keep them from being a hazard. Make sure the tassels are attached securely to prevent them from being pulled off and becoming a choking hazard.
6. Proper Installation
And finally, make sure you install your blinds correctly.
Install all the brackets provided, use the correct hardware, and follow the instructions carefully which is crucial to prevent your blinds from being pulled off the wall.