Hazards abound around the home, and one of the most obvious culprits commonly goes overlooked.
Dangling cords from blinds and other window coverings can be choking and hanging hazards for children and pets, and The Window Covering Safety Council (WCSC) and the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) are striving to educate homeowners on how they can avoid tragic situations.
According to the WCSC, you can help protect your loved ones by following some easy steps:
- Move all furniture, cribs, beds and climbable surfaces away from windows.
- Keep all window cords well out of the reach of children.
- Install only cordless window coverings in homes with young children.
- Make sure tasseled pull cords are as short as possible. Continuous-loop pull cords on draperies and vertical blinds should be pulled tight and anchored to the floor or wall.
- Be sure cord stops are properly installed and adjusted to limit inner-cord movement.
For more information, check out WindowCoverings.org.