It is not often that a child is injured in the home with the apparatus of a window blind. However when it does happen, consumers and the window covering industry evaluate the safety precautions that are required when consideration is paid to installing window blinds.
The Potential for Injury
While many people believe that the most probable point of injury for a child is the lifting and lowering mechanism (or the hand pull) the most hazardous part of the blind are the looping cords that hold the blind slats together. The design of the cord can easily encircle the neck of a young child causing injury and even accidental death.
It’s important to note that both the interior cords and the exterior pull cord present equal risk of harm to your child. Securing only the hand pull solves only part of the problem. A better choice would be to select blinds with fewer open access cord or to choose a window covering such as a nursery curtain instead of a blind.
What Parents Need to Know
If you are fitting out a nursery consider your options for window coverings. Venetian blinds are not recommended for rooms with children given the structure and design of the window blind. Vertical blinds similarly can be hazardous given the mechanical design of the blind. Neither venetian nor vertical blinds are recommended for rooms with young children.
Your best alternatives are to consider a roman blind or a roller blind. Not only are they easy to install, but they have only one pull cord to attend to. There are no open or exposed loops that can create a hazard with the exception of the handle which can be safely affixed with a child safety cleat which essentially “ties up” the cord out of reach and harm’s way.
Not sure how to install a blind or choose a style that is appropriate for a child’s bedroom? Contact us! We’ll be happy to give you some professional advice on making an informed choice in window coverings. We’re happy to help.