Holly Jacobs Designs

Child Cord Safety

According to information provided by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, since 1990, more than 200 infants and young children have died from accidentally strangling in window cords.

“Parents who replace their window coverings with the cordless products available can feel more confident about their child’s safety,” explains Window Covering Safety Council (WCSC) Executive Director, Peter Rush. 

​Children and window cords don't mix. When window cords are accessible to small children, these seemingly harmless products may become strangulation hazards.

This is especially important with older window coverings that may not meet the latest national standard for window cord safety.

​The Window Covering Safety Council is urging parents and caregivers to make the right choice and only use cordless window products in young children’s bedrooms and sleeping areas. Owners and renters should replace all window coverings in the home made before 2001 with today’s safer products.

To maximize window-cord safety when young children are present, consumers are urged to follow these safety guidelines:

​-Install only cordless window coverings in homes with young children. 
-Replace window blinds, corded shades and draperies manufactured before 2001 with today’s safer products.
-Move all cribs, beds, furniture and toys away from windows and window cords, preferably to another wall.
-Keep all window pull cords and inner lift cords out of the reach of children.
-Make sure that tasseled pull cords are short and continuous-loop cords are permanently anchored to the floor or wall.
-Make sure cord stops are properly installed and adjusted to limit movement of inner lift cords.
-Lock cords into position whenever horizontal blinds or shades are lowered, including when they come to rest on a windowsill.

​October is always Child Safety month in the window coverings industry.  We offer free upgrades on cordless features every October to help parents who are concerned with child safety. 

Products we carry that offer cordless options:

Cellular/Honeycomb
ShadesRoller/Solar Shades
ShuttersVerticals

Other products with safety features built in to prevent strangulation:

Roman Shades
Silhouette Window Shadings
Luminette
Privacy Sheers
Wood Blinds
Panel Track
Metal Blinds

​Please ask us about child safety - we're anxious to help you make the right decision.