When choosing the correct blinds for your home, one usually has a mental checklist:
To complement the rest of the décor.
To allow the correct amount of sunlight.
To provide an element of privacy.
If you have young children, we strongly encourage you to add one more to your list, safety features. Choose blinds that have safety features or blinds that safety devices can be easily attached.
In the last four years, three children in Ireland and 12 in the UK have lost their lives because of window blind cords. The number of deaths is staggering when you think these deaths could have been easily prevented; think about it for second… losing a child because of a blind cord.
Research indicates that most accidental deaths involving blind cords happen in the bedroom and from children between one to three years of age. Further research shows that unrestrained cords, braids, wires and loop chains that run through and operate window coverings are the main reasons for these deaths.
There is a lot of information out there to ensure your child’s safety, major organisations like the ROSPA (The Royal Society for Prevention of Accidents) have even campaigned to prevent blind cord accidents - The Blind Cord Safety Campaign. At My Blinds we think it’s very important that people are aware of this information, so we put a list of window – cord safety do’s and don’ts:
Safety: look to install a safety device – there are lots available on the market, they come in all shapes and sizes and they’re easy to fit. Simply ask your supplier or call into your local hardware store. You will be sure to find a device that fits your blinds.
Out of sight, out of mind: Move all furniture and eye catching objects away from windows and blinds, especially beds and cribs. Give your child no reason to play with or go near the blinds or blind cords.
Secure correctly: Make sure cord stops are installed correctly, that the blinds are secured with cord cleats and that continuous - loop cords are anchored down.
Lock down: Make sure you lock the cords into position when the blinds are lowered.
Don’t take risks: Keep all window pull cords and inner lift cords out of the reach of children. Be careful with accessible back cords; do not mount blinds within the reach of children.
DIY Approach: If all else fails cut the ends and attach breakaway safety tassels.
My Blinds Recommendation to Guarantee Safety;
Perfect fit blinds are our number choice for the safest blinds on the market, they are stylish and child friendly, they give the window and blind a very integrated and built in look, with no cords or chains to worry about.