Remove Danger with These Tips from Ottawa’s Blinds Experts
The blinds in your home give you control over natural light, cool down your home, provide privacy, and even add a touch of flair to your windows. Custom blinds can protect your home and family from unwanted outside attention, one of many choices you make to ensure that your home, your family, and your belongings are all safe. Yet, have you ever thought about the ways blinds could be dangerous to your family? The reality is that blind cords have been known to cause injury and, in extreme cases, even death in the home. These injuries are avoidable, and Ottawa’s blinds experts want you to know how to protect your family, and especially your children.
Some blinds have cords which are used to raise and lower them, as well as cords to keep the slats aligned. Children and pets can become entangled in these cords through play or accident, causing strangulation or other injuries. This can happen when:
- Children place their hand through cord loops
- Children wrap a single long cord around their neck or other body parts
- Children pull inner cords out, creating loops
- Animals become tangled in loose cords
- Children or animals choke on small metal or plastic pieces attached to the cord
Mitigating the Risk
You can have cordless custom blinds made to ensure the safety of your family. There are many options for cordless or “invisible cord” blinds in Ottawa that will help mitigate the risk, such as motorized blinds. If you are unable to remove all corded blinds from your home, focus on removing them from your child’s bedroom, as well as from areas where they frequently play.
Tips for Corded Blinds
Until you are able to remove all corded blinds from your home, be sure that young children are always supervised around these window fittings to reduce the risk of injury. Always keep cords high up and out of reach. You can also:
- Install a tie down device to keep cords out of reach
- Never tie a loop into the cord, as this only increased the risk of strangulation
- Never place cribs, beds, or play areas near corded blinds
Additionally, make sure that all blinds are properly installed and securely attached to the wall or window frame. Blinds that are not properly installed may risk falling and causing injury. Look into custom blinds to ensure that your blinds are professionally installed, inspected, and meet the safety needs of your family.