11-30-2019, By Team DIYBLINDS
Tips & Tricks for Childproofing your Blinds
If you have a little one on the way or a baby who is learning to crawl, you’ve probably already started thinking about childproofing your home.
But for those who have loaded up with latches, outlet covers, and baby gates, but forgot the window treatments and blinds, there's still another safety concern to address. Knowing how to child-proof your blinds may seem like an afterthought, but there's a good reason to seriously consider it. In this article we will dive into a few tips and tricks to childproof your blinds.
TIP #1: A Warning for Current Corded Blind Owners
According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, 293 children were seriously injured or killed by window cords from 1996 to 2012. Because these cords are still standard in many homes, taking care of them is an important step in your childproofing process.
Check CPSC.gov for recalls on blinds. You'll probably get a replacement, repair kit or refund if you have defective blinds.
TIP #2 GO CORDLESS, CHECK OUT CORDLESS WINDOW TREATMENTS
THE best cordless blinds for childproofing your home include zebra shades, roller shades, and blackout shades. Also blackout shades are easy-to use for adults, safe for kids, and energy efficient. And, if you're struggling with sleep deprivation like many new parents, wouldn't some light-proof blackout shades make a great addition to your bedroom? You can protect all blinds from curious toddlers as you set the environment for some (hopefully) better sleep.
Tip #3 Make Your Shades Motorized
Worried about your child playing around with the windows? Swinging from shade to shade? (We have heard some crazy stories). So we offer a childproof solution. Right now DIY offers some of the most cutting-edge motorized blinds technology. With one remote, or app right on your phone, you can put open or close your blinds from anywhere. Place that remote in a holder that is out of reach from children or keep that phone in your pocket and your blinds are totally yours to control.
Tip #4 Get Creative!
With new life comes new love but also new challenges. Whether your baby is on the way or beginning to crawl, you are going to need a few creative solutions to keep your children safe. A little brainstorming to rearrange rooms where blinds are in the open so your toddler can't climb on the back of the couch and get tangled or your baby doesn’t have open access to grab blinds in reach. It seems like a lot of work, but with a little creativity you can reduce the risk quite a bit.
**EXTRA** Ok, what if I currently don’t have the means to change my corded blinds? What should I do to protect my child?
We completely understand, and your child's safety is a priority to us just as if your kids were our own! Every parent wants to keep their child as safe as possible, but for many parents across the country, it isn't financially possible to switch blinds out and completely eliminate the potential corded risk. So we compiled a safety list, just in case you need it:
1. Order safety devices online: Many people do not properly secure the cords to the wall or floor. There are products online to make corded blinds safer by consolidating the excess cord and keeping it out of reach from a small child.
2. Rearrange all furniture from windows: Children love to climb on things and may still find ways to reach wrapped cords by climbing onto the window sill or furniture. Even if window coverings are secured, all furniture should be moved away from windows to prevent children from accessing any existing cords.
3. Replace blinds one window at a time if need be: If you're financially unable to change out all of your old window coverings for cordless blinds, consider replacing blinds one window at a time, starting with the ones in rooms where your child spends most of their time. Diyeasyblinds.com has the lowest prices to get you started and our expert team can walk you through one at a time.
4. Check out sales with Diyeasyblinds.com: Don't just automatically assume that cordless blinds are much more expensive. We offer virtually the lowest prices industry wide for blinds, with our cordless faux wood starting out as low as $36.99. Our products are all built to be great economic choices that are comparable in price to their corded versions.
5. Cut the cord, do not just tuck: Tucking the cord behind window coverings is not a safe option. An easy option is to simply cut the cords off your blinds. While this does remove the ability to lift and lower blinds, slats can still be tilted using the tilt wand.
6. Check the product, contact diyeasyblinds.com for support: there are many products being sold by e-commerce sites that don't conform to the current safety standards and have long inner cords that can easily be pulled out, forming a loop large enough for a child's head. Contact our team for all verifiable industry standard blinds.
Our final tip is to please do your own research and take your blinds safety, serious. Going cordless is the only way to be 100 percent kid-safe and pet-safe. But if you can’t please use the tips above and work with our team to budget your way into new blinds. We are here to help!!
Please note: just suggestions based on what we believe is most important. Check out other childproofing resources from authorities like the CPSC for more information.
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