Young children can strangle in the loop of pull cords, chain and bead cords, and cords that run through window coverings. They can also wrap cords around their necks. To avoid strangulation and entanglement, keep cords out of the reach of young children. Also,
- install safety devices that remove the cord loop or reduce access to cords, and
- move cots and furniture away from window covering cords.
Keep in mind the safety devices installed on wood and faux wood blinds reduce the strangulation hazard in the pull cord by removing the loop. However, manufacturer safety devices still require parental or guardian care to ensure a terrible accident does not occur. To that end, there are a few simple things you can do to ensure your house is safe as it relates to your wood or faux wood blinds. They include:
- Do not tie the cords together.
- Check cords periodically to make sure the cords have not twisted into a loop.
- Remember, your blind safety device will not prevent strangulation hazard if young children wrap pull cords around their necks.
- Always keep cords out of the reach of young children.
Of course, we can advise you on this and we would love to help you with your wood or faux wood blind project. Also, for a rough idea of what your project might cost, check out our online wood and faux wood blind calculator.