As much as we try to prevent our child from tripping, wrecking their scooter or bike, or jumping off of furniture, it’s going to happen. And when they do…generally a band-aid and Popsicle has everyone returned to normal quickly. We lecture our children day in and day out as to what they can and cannot do, but how often do we assess ourselves and the safety of our own homes?
Sometimes we just don’t know, what we don’t know. A number was placed in front of me recently and it was quite alarming. That number was…
This is the total number of children who have been seriously injured or strangled by a blind cord between the years of 1996 – 2012. That is nearly 100
accidents preventable accidents, some deadly, per year. Once you hear a statistic like this, you can’t just “unhear it.” More importantly but think how you can prevent an accident like this in your own home. A few google searches returned this video that demonstrates the MANY ways even “child safe” binds & “cordless” blinds can strangle your child. It’s worth the 3 minutes it takes to watch it.
We all know that there are a number of hidden dangers in our homes – or do we? Blinds are just one of those hidden dangers. While researching, I found this article, by Blindsgalore, to be extremely helpful. They discuss 10 Hidden Danger in our homes & Offer 50 ways to keep your kids safer. Knowledge is power and they have compiled and exceptional educational piece for parents and care takers to review.
Here are a few things you can do, to prevent injury from blinds alone:
- Use cord free window coverings
- Install cordless window treatments
- Install shutters or window coverings operated by a wand
- Install tension safegaurds correctly
- Retrofit or remove recalled looping cords
- Pull all cribs, changing tables, & chairs away from windows with blinds
- Maintain dangling cords
- Purchase & use a cord keeper
- The list continues. Visit here for more details.
If you are interested in staying informed about safety precautions in your home OR if you would like to learn more about your options for window coverings in your home, Blindsgalore is a great place to start.
In the end we cannot prevent all accidents. However, if we stay informed and proactively educate ourselves on what we can do to maximize our homes safety, we can all rest a little easier. Sometimes hearing or reading the precautions just once isn’t enough. Let’s not let a real life situation be “the reason” to share these statistics. Let’s be proactive and share the knowledge in advance.
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