Which Blinds Are the Safest for Children & Pets?

baby in front of window blinds

Learn How to Child-Proof Your Window Treatments

You can make your home safer from the deadly hazard of corded blinds by following these safety tips:

  • Move furniture away from the blind cords, especially cribs and toys.
  • Keep the cords out of reach of small children.
  • Eliminate dangling cords.
  • If you have continuous loop cords, you should permanently anchor them to the floor or wall.
  • Switch to cordless window treatments

Why You Should Replace Your Old Blinds With Cordless Window Treatments

Window blinds add charm and character to your living space, as well as the functional benefits of light and privacy control.

However, the tragedy reality is that children and pets can get caught on window blinds cords and strangle themselves, and 50 young children died as a result of window cord strangulation incidents from 2012 to 2017.

This is what led the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) to call corded window treatments one of the top 5 hidden hazards in American homes.

Instead, you can take safety in your own hands by choosing cordless options for your window coverings.

This is the easiest way to ensure your window treatments don’t pose a strangulation hazard.

The first line of defense is to dismantle your corded window treatments, as these dangling cords can be irresistible for little hands or curious cats. Swap out older corded blinds models for the newer cordless versions.

As of December 2018, consumers can buy ready-made window treatments that do not contain hazardous cords if the product is ANSI/WCMA A100. 1-2018-compliant. This is a voluntary standard, but it can help you ensure your little ones are safe at home.

Ready to replace your old corded window treatments? Bloomin' Blinds can help! Find your nearest Bloomin’ Blinds location here.

Kelsey Stuart About the Author: Kelsey Stuart, Bloomin’ Blinds
Kelsey is the current CEO for Bloomin’ Blinds and has been an expert in the window covering industry since 2002. He is an expert in window treatment sales and marketing, and has sold over $2.5 million in window coverings in a year. Kelsey’s favorite hobby is traveling and tries to take week-long trips at least once every three months. He also enjoys anything involving mountains, pine needles, and hiking.