Did you know that the most window related fatalities involving children happen when a child was left alone for less than 10 minutes- most often when the child was supposed to be going to sleep, play, or watch TV? It does not matter how good of a parent you are, you are not able to watch your child every second of the day, so it is important to make your house child-safe.
Over the last 25 years, there has been nearly 17,000 children younger than the age of six years old who have been treated in a hospital for window blind-related injuries. The dangers from window blinds comes from:
- Inner cords found in horizontal blinds and roman shade
- Operating cords used to raise and lower the blinds
- Continuous loop cords found in vertical and roll up shades
- When cords become knotted, tangled, or are tied to an object when trying to keep cords from being accessible to children
Until all window blinds are cordless, parents should follow these 6 tips:
- Place cordless blinds, blinds with inaccessible cords, or other types of window coverings such as shutters or draperies in your home instead of using corded blinds.
- Always look for labels that say something such as “Mom Approved” or “Certified, Best for Kids”.
- If you can not replace all the blinds in your home, replace the blinds in the rooms that your children spend the most time.
- Be aware that retrofit kits address some but not all problems with corded blinds.
- Never place a crib, bed, or couch near windows. Children should not be able to reach the window, be able to climb out, or entangle themselves in the cords from the blinds.
- Look at what window blinds the places you drop off your child off at has such as a childcare center, the child’s grandparents, or their school.
The last thing you want to hear as a parent is that your child is injured. To ensure you never deal with this horror of parenthood, take the first step in supplying your child with safety by removing corded window treatments.
Here at NorthEast Insurance Services, we are always looking to protect your family and friends because we understand that no one is more important. So, when the worst happens, we are here to help. Give NorthEast Insurance Services a call at (732) 972-1771 ext. 1108 to learn about our numerous homeowners insurance policies available to you.