Window blind cords are a household danger hiding in plain sight. While these cords may seem harmless, they can pose a potential strangulation risk to your children. With baby safety month in mind, here five ways to cut the cord on dangerous blinds:
1. Replace all corded blinds with cordless blinds.
This is the most effective way to eliminate strangulation risk. However, if replacing all of your corded blinds with cordless blinds
isn't in the budget, there are other cost-effective ways to minimize risk, which are listed below. Another idea is to replace your blinds one window at a time, starting with the nursery and other more kid-friendly areas.
2. Tuck your cords.
This is mostly a temporary solution, as in, what you should probably do after reading this post. Tuck your cords up in an inaccessible location while you plan for a more long-term solution. And monitor your children around the tucked cords; older kids might be able to knock them down.
3. Invest in cord wind-ups or wraps.
Earlier this month, we shared five baby safety products for your home
. One of these items was a cord-wind up
. Cord wind-ups and cord wraps
enable you to safely manage your cords in an effective and organized manner. Wind-ups are a good solution if you don't want to attach any hardware to the wall, while cord wraps are typically mounted to the wall above your child's reach.
4. Cut the cord loops.
Depending on which blinds you own, some will function the same with two cords rather than a looped cord. While this doesn't completely eliminate the risk, it avoids the danger of the looped cord becoming a noose. Before you make the cut, ensure that the blinds will still function. To eliminate the loop, cut both cords above the tassel, remove the equalizer and the put new tassels on each cord.
5. Keep all climbable furniture away from windows.
Because a lot of kids like to climb, they may still be able to access wrapped cords by climbing onto the window sill or nearby furniture. So try to keep all beds, dressers and other climbable furniture away from the windows.
What ways do you cut the cord on dangerous blinds?