Not many people realize it, but October is Window Covering Safety month. It’s a reminder to parents and child caregivers to access their window areas and eliminate hazards. From 1991-2000, the Consumer Products Safety Commission received nearly 200 reports of strangulation deaths resulting from entanglement in cords that control window treatments. While nothing can replace the watchful eye of a loving parent or caregiver, here are four tips to make the window areas around your home a little safer for children and pets:

  1. Place cribs and other low-standing furniture (beds, bookshelves, toy boxes, chairs, etc.) away from windows to prevent young ones from accidentally tumbling from windows.
  2. Install window guards. Don’t rely on screens designed to keep bugs out to keep children and pets in.
  3. Keep all cords out of reach from small children and pets. Install a Cord Cleat to secure loose cords or ask about other ways to anchor cords to the wall. Budget Blinds has a line of stylish cleats and matching tassels that get the job done and look great doing it!
  4. If your window treatments were purchased before 2001, or you don’t know when they were purchased, it’s a good idea to consider replacing them with a safer option

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