This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Window Covering Safety Council for IZEA Worldwide. All opinions are 100% mine.
I know as a mom, I always have a million things on my mind. Spring is a great time to go through the house and not only clean it but look for safety concerns. When my children were really young we moved into a brand-new house and I noticed they were very interested in playing with the window coverings that had strings. They were so interested in fact that they broke one within a few weeks of moving into this home. I started researching it and found the Window Covering Safety Council (WCSC) website and learned how dangerous window coverings with cords are. There have even been cases of strangulation. Did you know that this is one of the top hidden hazards in a home? I had no idea! I immediately removed these from our and thankfully our current home only has cordless coverings.
Every parent needs to be aware of child safety, and this begins in the home. I encourage everyone to check out the WCSC website; they are dedicated to educating consumers about window covering cord safety. Take a minute to walk around your home and check to see if you have corded window coverings and replace them with cordless products. In addition, tasseled pull cords should be tucked away and out of the reach of children too.
It is really easy to know which are cordless…just look for the “Best for Kids” logo. These products are available at all major US retailers. The good news is, a recent US Safety Standard requires that all stock products be cordless or have inaccessible cords but in the meantime parents need to check their window coverings at home.
Here are a few other things that are great to do for Spring Cleaning:
- Go through your closet and get rid of clothes you haven’t worn in a year
- Clean fridge and look at expiration dates on food
- Vacuum curtains and window blinds
- Dust fans and light fixtures
- Wipe down baseboards
- Test batteries in all your smoke detectors
- Disinfect doorknobs, cabinet handles and light switches
- Shampoo carpets and rugs
- Remove furniture cushions and vacuum crevasses
- Disinfect trash cans
I hope this helps someone make safety changes in your home and prepare for a successful spring clean! If you want to read more about window coverings, please head to the WCSC’s website.
When my kids were little, I made sure to wind the blind cords up. Now I only have curtains.
This is such a helpful post and I feel like it’s something that’s often overlooked. Thank you for sharing!
My son and his wife just moved into a new home. I’ll have to remind them to check to make sure the window coverings are safe for their children.
Thank you for bringing attention to this! The first thing we did when we moved into our new home was switch out all the blinds for ones without cords. Kids can get their hands on it so easily and it’s never worth the risk!
This is a great reminder. I have seen so many on TikTok mixing chemicals and it drives me bonkers. My mom taught me not to mix chemicals when she taught me how to clean. Now I use laundry detergent and vinegar to clean my bathroom.
Child safety definitely begins in the home. It’s heartbreaking to hear about accidents at home involving a child.
I’ve never thought about this risk. And i will definitely check out my window coverings options.
This is such a really great and very informative post! Thanks for sharing this!
Rose Ann Sales
I really enjoy reading this very informative post! I’m surely gonna take note of these safety reminders