Curtain cord cleats--small brackets around which the curtain cord is wrapped and secured--originally were designed to keep window coverings up or down. In recent years, they have become a crucial safety component of window coverings in homes with infants or small children.
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Curtain cord cleats prevent window covering cords from dangling loosely against a wall, frame or the window itself. While they ensure that the curtain, blind or drape stays open at the level desired, cord cleats also eliminate a potential strangulation hazard for children.
A cord cleat is a small bracket that affixes to the wall near the window. Cleats come in a variety of metallic, wood or plastic finishes and usually are two to three inches in length with a prong on each end. They are attached to the wall with two screws.
Curtain cords are wrapped around the cleat in a figure-eight pattern to secure the curtain's position and keep the cord from becoming tangled or a safety hazard. The shape and use of a curtain cord cleat is similar to large cleats used on docks to tie up boats.
Countries around the world have enacted requirements or started awareness campaigns encouraging the use of curtain cord cleats in homes with small children or infants. The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission launched a safety campaign in December 2009 after two babies were strangled by curtain cords earlier that year.
Cord cleats generally are used with Roman shades or blinds that pull up and down, but can also be used with any window covering that relies on long cords for opening and closing.
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