As parents, we’re always concerned about the well-being of our kids. When they’re little, we put safety locks on cupboard doors, safety plugs in electrical outlets, and block off stairways and other hazards. But when is the last time we thought about our window coverings? Are we making those safe, too?
My kids LOVE looking out windows. Even the one-year-old will stare happily for several minutes if one of us lifts him high enough to see out. Over the years, I can recal many times telling the older ones to get out of the blinds or stop licking the window… Ah, memories.
We’ve always draped the cord over the top of the window so it wasn’t within reach of any child, but there’s still a margin of error for things like that. When you’re young parents and don’t have much extra cash for redoing all the window coverings, though, you make do (and you know we’re all about the saving).
Plus, where would we even begin in selecting “kid safe” window coverings? It all seems so overwhelming.
But we also realize that exposed or dangling cords are one of the biggest strangulation hazards for infants and young children. And though we do want to save wherever possible, we don’t want to compromize our kids’ safety, especially with things like this that can take a wrong turn in seconds.
That’s why we’re so excited that the Window Covering Safety Council has started this movement to aid parents and caregivers in choosing the right window covering. As a part of October’s Window Covering Safety Month, we’re trying to get this out to as many families as possible—hoping we can make homes safer for littles across the country.
We’re so excited that they’ve made it easy to spot the best choice with the Best for Kids™ label certification. All parents can now know for sure that their window coverings have been tested in a laboratory and certified safe just by spotting this label on the package.
The best part is, Best for Kids™ window coverings are not something you have to order from a specific source—they’re now available at major retailers across the country.
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Make sure you read more about the Window Covering Safety Council and Window Covering Safety Month, and what you can do to keep your kids safe around windows.