About Blind Safety. is dedicated to enhanced child and pet safety to reduce potential risks, Identification of window coverings with cords as one of the top five hidden hazards in the home.
Danger comes from inner cords such as those found in horizontal blinds and roman shades, operating cords used to raise and lower the blinds, continuous loop cords such as those found in vertical and roll up shades, or even from loops created by consumers after installation – when cords become knotted or tangled, or when they are tied to a stationary object in an attempt to keep them out of a child’s reach.
Children can strangle when they wrap the cord around their necks or become trapped in the loop created when loose cords get entangled. Even if cleats are used to wrap excess pull cords, if installed within the child’s reach, the cords above the cleat present a hazard.
Looped Bead Chains or Nylon Cords:
Children can strangle in the free-standing loops.
Inner Cords of Roman Shades:
Children can pull out an exposed inner cord on the back side of Roman shades, wrap it around their necks and strangle.
Children can place their necks in the opening between the fabric and cord and strangle.
Lifting Loops of Roll-up Blinds:
If the lifting loops (that raise and lower the blinds) slide off the side of the blind, they form a free-standing loop in which a child can become entangled and strangle.
Children can place their necks between the lifting loop and the roll-up blind material and strangle.
TO PREVENT THESE TRAGEDIES:
We examine all shades and blinds we service. CCS recommends the use of cordless window coverings in all homes where children live or visit.
We make sure there are no accessible cords on the front, side, or back of the product & make loose cords inaccessible.
If the window shade has looped bead chains or nylon cords, a tension devices to keep the cord taut should be installed. The cord tensioner requires correct mounting for the product to operate properly & should not be modified in any way.
We can offer to replace all blinds that have cords with either cordless blinds, blinds with inaccessible cords, or other types of cordless window coverings, such as interior window shutters, draperies, and curtains.
If you are unable to replace or remove all of your window blinds with cords at one time, start with the windows in the rooms where your child spends the most time – usually bedrooms and living rooms – and replace the others as you can.
We can offer you products with:
Continuous cord loops or beaded cord loops that also include a cord tensioner for safer operation; or
Retractable cord system to make cords less accessible to children because the pull cord remains at a constant length; or
Cordless operating system eliminates pull cords; raises and lowers shades or blinds with the touch of a finger.
We do not recommend placing cribs, beds, and furniture close to the windows because children can climb on them and gain access to the cords.