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A Guide To Window Blinds & Children

Many children possess a strong sense of curiosity, and even if your child is well-behaved, it does not guarantee that they won’t exhibit mischievous behavior at times. Even exemplary children can engage in mischievous acts that leave you perplexed, wondering how they managed to do so in just a few moments when your attention was momentarily diverted.

In this article, we will discuss the types of blinds that are not recommended for households with children. Additionally, we will provide guidelines on how to maximize the safety of existing blinds in homes with kids.

Types of window blinds that should be avoided when you have children

It is highly advisable to steer clear of using costly blinds or those that are not resilient enough to withstand accidents like spaghetti spills, cricket bat damage, and the like. The three types of blinds that are not suitable for households with children are zebra or night blinds, Roman blinds, and wooden blinds made from real wood. Luxury blinds, including luxury blackout blinds, should also be avoided in such settings.

These three varieties of blinds generally come with a high price tag and lack durability against impacts from objects like bats or toys. In addition, they do not possess waterproof capabilities, making them susceptible to damage from spills. It is advisable to reserve these blinds for areas in your home that are child-free, or alternatively, consider them as an idea rather than a practical choice for your home. It would be wise to postpone the purchase and installation of these blinds until your home is free of children. However, given the exorbitant cost of housing, you may have to delay the decision until your child reaches the age of 25.

The most straightforward choice is to ensure that your blinds are kept well beyond the reach of children. Once children have reached a height of 2ft, they possess the ability to reach considerable heights. Regardless of your efforts, children who are growing will invariably possess an innate curiosity, and it is unfortunate that there is no way to diminish their height, despite your desires.

Many homeowners still fully utilize them in their residences, and they remain a prominent characteristic of numerous newly constructed houses in the present era.

Given this, completely eliminating blinds may prove to be an unattainable goal. However, it is essential to take measures to prevent access to the blinds’ controls by your children. This typically involves securing the chain or cord used to operate the blinds, as well as the wand used to adjust the slat angles in certain types of blinds.

Child safety encompasses the following recommendations.

Nevertheless, children, and even adolescents, sometimes perceive blinds as a means for covert communication. Additionally, they may consider blinds as an excellent contraption to place their head in, resulting in an elevated risk of unintentional strangulation or hanging accidents. Moreover, this behavior may cause the entire blind to be forcefully ripped off the window, potentially causing a variety of injuries.

In the United Kingdom, it is a legal requirement for all blinds to be child-safe. However, there are instances where blinds are being sold unlawfully without the necessary child-safe features. It is crucial to consider this aspect before purchasing blinds.

Child-safe blinds are essential to prevent accidents, particularly if your children or spouse mistakenly stick their heads into the blinds and start twisting. In such situations, the cord or slat will likely break, halting their immediate enjoyment but ensuring their safety. However, it’s important to note that while child-safe blinds can mitigate risks, children may still engage in other potentially hazardous activities like climbing into lofts or venturing onto roofs.

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