Horizontal Blinds

Written by Blaire Chandler-Wilcox
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Horizontal blinds offer many design and decorating benefits. They are also effective light and heat blockers. However, they should never be used in a children's room or nursery.

Blind Cords: Caution

Current statistics show that, on average, one child every two weeks is strangled in the United States by the cords which operate horizontal blinds. Ninety-three percent of these children are under the age of three, and 85 percent of those died while their parents were at home. In most cases, these children were in what their parents considered a very safe environment: in their own rooms, and often in their own cribs.

For many parents who have lost children in these avoidable tragedies, the only "safe" horizontal blinds are the ones that are not in the home. However, for those wedded to their blinds, there are steps which can be taken to make them less dangerous. First, if you must have them in a nursery, move the crib far away from the window. Cut the cords, so that they cannot form a noose under any circumstance. Seal the sides of cellular shades so that the inner cords can not be pulled free by curious hands. Move furniture away from all the windows so toddlers can't lose their footing, stumble into the cords when playing, and become trapped.

In an effort to reduce these tragedies, the Window Covering Safety Council agreed to eliminate exterior loops in all horizontal blinds made since 1995. Further, they offer free safety tassels to all consumers, along with detailed information, including free videos, on how to make safety related changes to all types of blinds.

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