Window blind cords present a hazard for small children and babies. If blind cords hang low and loose, children and babies can easily tangle themselves in the cords, or put the end in their mouth. However, if you take proper precautions and secure the blind cords in your home, you won't have to worry about this household danger. Follow these steps to childproof blind cords and protect children in your home.
- Skill level:
- Moderately Easy
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Secure cords on window blinds with plastic cylinders. With these products, you thread the blind cord through the cylinder and wind the cylinder to retract the blind cord. Be sure to wind the cylinder enough so that the blind cord is completely out of the reach of children. You can purchase these plastic cylinders at baby superstores or at mass merchandisers.
Use hooks to hold the blind cords out of the reach of children. Purchase small hooks from a hardware store and screw them into the window frame. Wind the blind cord around the hooks to prevent children from getting into the cord.
Order retrofit kits, safety tassels and cord stops from the Window Covering Safety Council website. These products are very effective in keeping blind cords out of children's reach. You can also order these products by calling the organization at (800) 506-4636.
Consider eliminating blind cords all together by replacing corded blinds in your house with cordless blinds. Instead of using cords, you raise and lower these blinds by pulling on the blinds themselves. Find cordless blinds at your favorite store that sells window coverings.
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