It’s every parent’s greatest fear — their baby getting hurt. So it makes sense that most parents baby-proof their house with gates, outlet covers, door stoppers, cabinet latches, and bolted dressers. But there’s one thing parents tend to forget, simply because they don’t even know it’s a threat: window cords.
Window Cords: A Forgotten Risk
According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, children are most likely to get tangled in a window cord while sleeping in their crib or when playing in their room. Often times, toddlers find their way near window cords by climbing on furniture, slipping and falling, or trying to look out the window.
One 26-year-long study found that:
- Children between the ages of 1 and 4 are most at risk for window cord injuries.
- 17,000 children were treated in emergency rooms for window blind-related injuries.
- Nearly 300 children passed away as a result of window cord strangulation.
How You Can Protect Your Little Ones
Fortunately, there’s a very simple solution for protecting your child from window cords — eliminate them altogether. By opting for motorized shades, shutters, and blinds, you completely eliminate the risk of your child being injured by a window cord.
Ideally, you should have motorized treatments in every room of your house, because you never know where your little one will wander. However, they’re especially important in your child’s room.
Even if your child is no longer a toddler, you should always be vigilant — there have been reports of window cord accidents involving children as old as 8.
Most importantly, motorized window treatments give parents the peace of mind that their little one is safe, but they’re also energy-efficient, easy to control, and a time saver — things every parent can benefit from!
At Bloomin’ Blinds, our greatest priority is your comfort and satisfaction. That is why we offer a wide variety of motorized blinds, shutters, and shades to meet all of your needs. Contact us today to find your nearest Bloomin’ Blinds!
About the Author: Kris Stuart, Bloomin’ Blinds
Kris has been a window covering expert in the industry since 2001. He has expertise in a wide range of window covering matters, including repairs, installations, sales, and administration. In his free time, Kris loves to spend time with his wife and kids, making them laugh, travel together, and trying new hobbies.