Unfortunately, child deaths and injuries due to window blind cord strangulation still occur in the United States. For this reason, you must carefully choose a child-safe window treatments for your daycare. If you’re getting ready to open a daycare and need window treatments, then continue reading to learn some important facts about preventing strangulation from cords.
Automated window treatments lack cords.
Experts agree that one of the best ways to prevent child strangulations that are associated with window treatments is to eliminate pull cords altogether, and this is where automated window treatments come in. Most motorized blinds and shades typically operate via a switch or remote, which bypasses the need for hazardous cords. These technologically advanced window treatments will add convenience and function to your new daycare. They can also keep the children in your care safer. For these reasons, automated window treatments are the ideal choice for creating a child-safe setting, so consider choosing motorized blinds or shades over corded options when planning your daycare’s design.
Corded options require safety precautions.
If you’re unable to invest in automated window treatments, then there are several precautions to ensure child safety at your daycare. Any cords on your window treatments should stay inaccessible to young children by remaining out of reach and sight. To prevent access to the pull cords, keep furniture, play equipment, beds, and cribs well away from any window treatments. Additionally, cord stops need to be properly installed. Cord stops should also be adjusted to limit the movement of any inner strings. Finally, make sure to pull tight and securely anchor any window treatments with continuous-loop pull cords. Taking these precautions can help keep the children in your care safer around corded blinds and shades.