This post was sponsored by Window Covering Safety Council as part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central and all opinions expressed in my post are my own.
It’s October! Which means it is National Window Covering Safety Month and the perfect time to childproof your windows and home!
Window coverings have always been a huge part of my family. When my grandparents emigrated from Cuba to the United States, they brought their passion for window coverings with them.
In 1973, just four years after leaving Cuba, they opened a window covering factory where my grandmother created high-end, handmade curtains, balances and window coverings. They also sold blinds, roller-shades, Roman shades and vertical blinds.
I grew up helping them in their thriving business. I loved spending my days off of school, summer vacations and weekends in their factory!
I was granted the opportunity to observe the ins and outs of running a window covering business, learn extensively about window coverings, help my grandmother “design” her creations and watch my grandfather navigate his way to the “American Dream”.
I recently lost both of my grandparents, but my passion and knowledge of window coverings has not changed one bit.
Back when my grandparents started their business, the idea of having “safer” window coverings was not a prevalent one in the window covering business.
Fortunately, with time and experience, we have come to learn about the importance of safer window coverings.
One BIG lesson we’ve learned is that young children and window cords DON’T MIX.
I will not share it here, as it is highly triggering, but I’m sure most of you have seen the horrifying video of the mom who was making a cute video of two of her children when she spotted her other child hanging from the pull-cord of the corded blinds in her home. She was able to get him down and successfully save his life with CPR and medical attention, but that video still sends shivers down my spine!
One thing that really stands out for me from the subsequent interviews related to that video is when the mom said “I never realized there was this silent, deadly killer in every room of my house.” Truthfully, it may be in yours, too.
According to child-safety experts, the most common focal points for decorating a child’s room which are windows, cribs, and bedding hold the greatest potential danger to a child’s safety.
The Consumer Product Safety Commission states that “corded window coverings are one of the top 5 hidden hazards in American homes.”
I recently purchased a new home in August of 2018. Unfortunately, the window coverings offered by our builder were only of the “corded” variety, however, I made sure to opt for the safer option available from my builder — a non-looped cord. I also verified that the non-looped cords were secured out of the reach of my daughters.
The safer option for homes with children is going completely cordless!
Best for Kids — Childproof your Windows and Home with Best for Kids!
To aid consumers like you and me in making the safer choice when selecting or upgrading window coverings, cordless options can now be easily identified by the Best for Kids certification program.
In order for a window covering to be eligible for the Best for Kids certification, manufacturers must meet specific criteria and submit their window covering product(s) to special 3rd party testing laboratories. How awesome is that?
Once products pass this special testing, they may be labeled as “Best for Kids”.
Fortunately for us, Best for Kids products are currently available at major retailers across the U.S.!
I plan on upgrading to completely cordless window coverings within the next year, and I will definitely make sure to look for the Best for Kids label when making my choice!
3 Quick Tips for Childproofing your Windows and Home:
1. Never place your child’s crib, playpen, bed or any type of low-standing furniture such as a nightstand or dresser near a window!
When young children begin exploring their new and exciting surroundings, one of the first places they tend to want to explore is their window. A small child can become tragically entangled in their window covering’s cords, or fall through an open window. Even if the window has a screen, a child can easily fall through a screen as well. If possible, you should always place beds and furniture on walls without windows.
2. Replace older corded window coverings with safer, modern products.
The Window Covering Safety Council recommends that you only use cordless window products in homes with young children, as this is the safer option.
However, if you can’t afford to replace your corded window coverings, you can still make your current window covering safer!
You can order FREE retrofit kits from the Window Covering Safety Council! Yes, FREE! There is no excuse for you to have unsafe window coverings. I encourage you to incorporate one of the retrofit kits into a DIY project to refresh your home!
The Window Covering Safety Council website also contains a magnitude of safety information for you to explore!
3. While you’re at it, don’t forget to secure all furniture to the wall!
Children can easily “tip” furniture over on themselves. I have seen so many scary videos of children trapped under heavy furniture. This can easily be avoided by anchoring all of your furniture to its nearest wall!
I hope you will do your part and childproof your windows and home with the help of the Window Covering Safety Council and the tips I’ve shared here.
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