22 Oct Window Blinds And Hidden Dangers to Pets
We have all heard the horror stories about small children and window blinds, however it is worth noting that these window treatments may pose a potential to harm our pets. If something can harm a small child, then there is a very realistic possibility it can be harmful to our pets as well. Window blind safety has long been an issue for concern, manufactures have taken steps to make window blinds safer, however without knowing how to properly and safely install them, then the new precautions are no good.
Safety begins at home, so goes the saying. When you think of child-proofing your house it would be smart to also consider your pets in the equation too. They are just as likely as a small child to have a household accident with a window blind. When most consumers look at purchasing window blinds they are more interested in color, function and privacy. Safety is likely the last feature that would attract someone to purchasing a window blind, but it does need to be an important factor.
The precautions you take today may save the life of your child or pet. Window blind safety is an issue that every new parent or pet owner should explore and become familiar with. Blinds need to be functional, as well as safe. You need to investigate the various makes and models and after careful review purchase the one that has the highest safety rating.
Cords and cord control should be another important factor to consider when you are looking at window blinds. Some have cordless features and some have built-in cord safety features. The Window Covering Safety Council highly recommends that any household with young children or pets use only cordless window blinds. Another advantage besides safety is that the blinds looks sleek, clean and modern.
If you decide to purchase new window blinds, there are several styles and colors available to choose from. However, if you are intent on using the old window blinds in your home now, there are some modifications that can be made to make them safer. You need to cut cords, install head pieces and anchor any loose cords to the ground tightly. In addition it is also important that you periodically check the window blinds for damage. If they become brittle or are missing pieces then you must replace them.
A frayed cord or broken piece of plastic poses a very real choking threat. By checking your window treatments on a monthly basis, you can ensure that any safety issues will be quickly addressed. If you find something is wrong with your blinds then doing something now rather than later is the best course of action. Being proactive about safety is important, it saves lives.
Separated knots or tassels pose a real safety hazard to your child or pet. If they get tangled up and you are not there, disaster can occur. The knot can form a dangerous loop that can easily become entangled around their neck. It only takes a few seconds for the victim to get tangled up and strangle. If you turn your back for a second to answer the phone or the door, that is enough time for the victim to die.
Cords that come with detachable beads or plastic pieces pose a choking risk. If you have a crawling infant or a pet that enjoys chewing on things, these beads make the perfect enticement. If it is small enough to be put into the mouth, a child or pet is likely to try it. These beads have killed countless victims and need to be removed.
A child or pet is the most innocent victim in window blind accidents. They are by nature curious creatures and their natural curiosity can turn tragic if we are not diligent about the many safety issues surrounding window blinds. All cords and beads in window blinds can be very dangerous, these hazards are hidden and most consumers are unaware. If you have encountered any of the situations above with your window blinds, please cut the cords short, check often for damage and do not your child or pet become a needless victim to the dangers of window blinds.