Orange, CA (PRWEB) October 02, 2013
Seemingly benign cords from your blinds can turn deadly if kids get entwined in them. The Window Covering Safety Council and the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission created National Window Covering Safety Month which takes place every October to educate parents about this often overlooked problem.
Some styles of traditional corded window coverings are a hazard to infants and toddlers who view dangling cords as play things. These cords can cause injury and even death.
While accidents have decreased with changes in industry safety standards, there is still work to be done in spreading awareness. According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, at least one child dies from window cord strangulation every month, and during that one-month period, at least one more child suffers a near strangulation.
Budget Blinds recommends the following window safety strategies for your home during National Window Covering Safety month:
- Educate yourself on choosing child-safe window coverings including; cordless blinds, wood shutters, motorized shades, and cordless cellular shades.
- Add safety features to existing window coverings so you don’t need to replace your window treatments.
- Place furniture away from windows to optimize window safety throughout the house.
- Replace window blinds, corded shades and draperies manufactured before 2001 with today's safer products.
"There are new national standards in place that significantly increase the safety requirements for window coverings in a home," said Derick Marsh, Board of Trustees member of the Window Covering Manufacturers Association. "It’s great to see companies like Budget Blinds taking the initiative towards ensuring that they have the knowledge and product selection that will comply with all new safety standards."
For more information on creating a safer home environment for your children by installing the right window coverings, please visit http://www.budgetblinds.com.