The window treatments we choose for our home plays a crucial role in ensuring the safety of our children. As a result, we need to take extra care when deciding what is best for each room in the home.
In this article we will help you decide the best type of window treatments to choose, without compromising the safety of the kids.
How Prevalent Are The Injuries Caused By Window Blind Cords?
According to research conducted by American Academy of Paediatrics’ or AAP, window blind cords are one of the main causes of injury among children from ages six and below. In fact, studies have also shown that they kill nearly a child per month on average. This has caused window blind cords to be one of the top 5 hidden hazards in the United States.
Luckily, most injuries caused by window blind cords are not severe and easily remediable. Common injuries may also include laceration on the skin and minor cuts and bruises caused when the child is struck by the window blind cord. More severe injuries are caused by entanglement incidents and in worst cases, involve the child’s neck entanglement which is often fatal.
Cordless Blinds Are The New Standard For Child Safety
Cordless window blinds are, as the name suggests, blinds that have no cords. This can mean, they feature a wand, which enables you to twist clockwise and counter clockwise to tilt the slats of the blinds to the desired angle.
There are a huge variety of cordless blinds on the market so you can be sure to find something that has the desired look and feel, whilst keeping your children and pets safe from any accidental entanglement. For extra convenience, you can also choose motorized blinds and control them from your mobile device or program the timings for easier use.
Child Safety Window Shutters
Window shutters are also a good option if you are looking for child-friendly window treatments. Since shutters are cordless, you can feel safe adding them to your kids rooms. Shutters also come with the added benefit of being very good at blocking light, so they can really help your children to get longer, better quality sleep.
Shutters come in a wide selection of colors and materials that fits the style of your room. You can also choose between exterior or interior shutters, the options are almost limitless.
Innovate Your Home With Motorized Window Coverings
Motorized window coverings are getting extremely popular as the world moves to make everything “smart”. Motorized blinds are a safe option, because they also have no cords, and with the click of the button, you can have your blinds open or closed!
Apart from looking fancy, they are also convenient to use as you can program them to open/close at set times and be controlled by multiple mobile devices.
Drapery Panels And Curtains
Drapery panels and curtains do not pose danger per se. However, there are some parts which can cause injuries. For instance, the ties and fabric could cause strangulation. The poles if not properly mounted can also cause hazards. But in reality, these problems can be avoided by ensuring they are properly installed and by choosing appropriate curtains with the ties properly mounted or out of reach of children.
Cordless Roman Shades
If you want a safer option for blinds, you can’t go wrong choosing cordless roman shades. These are completely safe for your kids as they do not use any dangling cords.
Cordless roman shades can also be customized to suit your style. You can choose from a wide selection of materials and colors. This will not only enhance the design and aura of your home, it can also help you block the heat and light for a more conducive environment.
Choosing household essentials such as blinds can be one of the most fun things to do in beautifying and enhancing your home. However, in doing so, children’s safety must be our top priority as there are hidden dangers, especially for explorative kids.
As young children explore, we should make sure that their environment is safe and free from danger. This doesn’t mean however that we can no longer choose blinds that suit the style of our home. We can still select from wide varieties of blinds which do not compromise the safety of our children.