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.
Keeping our kids as safe as possible is a top priority for most parents, but there may be a child safety measure you are missing! Sometimes there are things in our homes that don’t appear to be a concern until it is too late. Keep reading to make sure you have taken an important step towards making your home child-friendly.
IMPORTANT CHILD SAFETY MEASURE
There are a LOT of things that go into parenting. I remember when my first child was born I was told to crawl around on my hands and knees so I could look at my home from the perspective of a crawling baby. What could I get into that could cause me harm?
When we are looking at keeping our homes as safe as humanly possible for our children we have to look at things differently….like a child would!
Kids will play with almost anything. They want to reach out and grab things that are dangling…things like the window covering cords!!
These cords seem harmless enough until a young child becomes tangled up in the cords. This could be a potentially life-threatening situation for a child.
The U.S. Product Safety Commission said that corded window coverings are one of the top five hidden hazards in American homes!!
NATIONAL WINDOW COVERING SAFETY MONTH
This is such an important safety issue that October has been declared National Window Covering Safety Month.
The Window Covering Safety Council and other safety experts are urging parents to check their windows. Start looking for exposed or dangling cords that could entrap or strangle a child.
It is also important for people who are caregivers to young children to look at their window coverings too. Accidents can happen in homes that children visit but do not live in.
Be aware of the hazards that could be lurking right in your own home or the home of your child’s caregivers.
GOING CORDLESS IS EASY
The best possible solution is to go completely cordless! It is easier than ever to go cordless for kids.
There is a new U.S. safety standard that requires all stock products to be cordless or have inaccessible cords.
When you are looking at replacing old blinds or installing new ones be sure to look for products that are marked with the Best for Kids™ certification label. This label shows that the product has gone through third-party testing. The label is designed to help consumers identify window covering products that are the best suited for homes that have young children.
Childproofing a room is more than looking for small items a child can swallow. We have to look at all the things in a room that could pose a threat to a child and dangling cords are a definite strangulation threat. Using cordless window coverings is the easiest way to take care of this child safety measure.
WHAT WINDOW COVERINGS DO YOU HAVE?
So what window coverings do you have in your home? Have you considered this important child safety measure when child-proofing your home? Be sure to read more window cord safety HERE.
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