While you may never give a thought to having blinds on your windows, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission states that from 1991 to 2000, it received 160 reports of children being strangled by window blind cords. According to the commission report, “Children Can Strangle in Window Covering Cords,” injuries occur when children pull on the inner cord that raises and lowers the window shade, creating a loop the child can become entangled in. Fortunately, these tragedies are easily preventable by tying or securing the window blind cord.
Coil the hanging cord of the window blind in your hand and secure the coil to the top of the blind with an alligator-style clip.
Place the window blind in the down position. Cut a looped cord in half, at the bottom of the loop, with a pair of scissors. Cut the cord off 1/3 of the way down from the top of the window casing with the scissors. Install rope-end caps on the bottom of the hanging cords; slip the cord through the holes in the caps and tie a knot in the bottom of the cord. You may be able to reuse the original caps that were on the cord.
Measure down 16 inches from the bottom of the window blind frame with a tape measure and mark the spot with a felt-tip pen on the same side of the window casing as the window blind cord. Install a 3- to 4-inch-long rope cleat at the mark with wood screws and a screwdriver. Wrap the loose rope securely around the cleat.
Install a tie-down appliance for window blinds that require a looped cord for operation. While there are several different types on the market, window blind cord tie downs all work by running the cord through an enclosed pulley in the tie down and then mounting the tie down to the window casing with a wood screw and screwdriver. Precisely follow the manufacturer's instructions for installing the type of tie down you select.
- U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission: Children Can Strangle in Window Covering Cords
- Health Canada: Window Covering Cord Safety Demonstration Video
- National Standards Authority of Ireland: Safety Awareness for Window Blinds
- Child Accident Prevention Trust: Keeping Your Child Safe from Strangulation