This post was sponsored by Window Covering Safety Council as part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central and all opinions expressed in my post are my own.
Child-proofing your home can be a very tedious job. As parents we always want to make sure that we are going above and beyond to protect our kids, ensuring that we have left no stone unturned.
When it comes to childproofing your home, you always learn to start with the basics:
- outlet covers
- child safety gates
- doorknob covers
- counter edge covers:
And then there are the not so basic items that we always manage to remember:
- oven knob covers
- toilet seat locks
- rug pads
Over the last fourteen years of parenting, I’ve learned that just when you think you have all of your basics covered, it turns out that more than likely you don’t.
One thing that many new and veteran parents (including myself) seem to forget is to double check our window coverings. Since October is National Window Covering Safety Month, I wanted to pass along a few tips on child-proofing areas of your home, and why it’s important to not forget to protect them from the often unseen danger.
Why should your family go cordless?
Window cord coverings are a strangulation hazard for babies and children. Even though they appear to be harmless, it only takes a brief moment for an infant or small child to get caught up in the cords. If you live in an older home (like we do), the window coverings in your home more than likely are out of date, which means they are definitely a hazard to any children that are present in the home.
How to know if your window coverings are safe
There are a few steps that you can take to make sure that your family is protected:
- Check for any cords that have been left exposed and are dangling.
- Move all furniture and toys away from windows.
The easiest way to ensure that you have the proper coverings on your window is to make sure that you are using cordless ones that are identified by the Best for Kids™ certification program. These types of Best for Kids products are available at major retailers across the country. This means replacing all current corded window coverings in your home with cordless ones.
Which types of coverings are okay to use?
This is the perfect opportunity to get your home updated for fall with new window coverings! There are a variety of cordless options available. To find out about the different options available check out the Window Coverings Safety Council website.
Love of impromptu dance parties, 80’s cartoons, and horizontal life pauses (aka naps); Natasha Brown is a stay at home mom of 4 kids, and wife to one lucky guy! In her spare time, she is co-editor of Grits & Grace, as well as editor for The Mother Hustler Blog and Creative Director for the Mother Hustler podcast.