We’ve all heard the horror stories in the news of accidents happening caused by cords on blinds with toddlers and children, but do you have any lurking dangers in your home? We had some blinds fitted at the end of last year and the fitter was very informative about the safety mechanism he could fit if we wanted it. It is unobtrusive, doesn’t affect the functioning of the blinds at all and reassures me that my 4 year old can’t twirl himself up in knots in the otherwise very accessible cord that is in the dining room.
I’ve been sent some information I thought would be useful to share on how you can take just five minutes to make your home safer by taking a quick audit of what more you could do to make your blinds safe and fitting similar safety cleats.
Keep Little Hands Busy…While You Make Your Blinds Safe
Did you know it can take as little as five minutes to make window blinds safe?
And you don’t have to be a DIY expert. You just need a drill and simple safety devices that keep looped cords away from inquisitive hands and busy bodies.
Or even better, if you’re revamping your home this Autumn made-to-measure window blinds firm Apollo Blinds fits FREE child safety devices as standard on all of its blinds – from roller and romans to vertical and venetian binds.
It’s time for action
According to a recent survey by Apollo Blinds, even though most parents are now aware that children can strangle themselves on looped blind cords in the home only a third of us have actually taken the steps to fit safety clips or make sure blinds are safe, even those fitted in children’s rooms. Moreover, only 21 per cent of parents thought homes visited regularly by their children had safe blinds.
So while Apollo Blinds is ensuring everyone who buys new blinds gets FREE child safety devices fitted as standard, it also wants everyone to know how easy it is to make blinds safe on existing blinds in the home.
Simple Steps To Safety
Inspired by a gorgeous new book by Maggie Woodley, Red Ted Art that contains cute and easy crafts for kids with easy to follow instructions, it has put together these simple steps that show making your existing blinds safe is child’s play! So while the kids get busy crafting, Mum and Dad can make something fabulous too – a safe house!
1 Do an audit in your home – are any looped window blind cords dangling untethered? Even if they’re high up, they need to be tied back – children often climb!
2 If you’re unsure, call your local Apollo store for help and advice or even a free audit. Visit www.apollo-blinds.co.uk
3 Select the best type of safety device for your blinds – cord cleats can be used for romans and venetian cords, while P clips are great for vertical chains
4 Place the cleats or clips where they can secure the cords. Mark the screw holes and drill holes. Insert raw plugs into the holes then simply screw the hooks or cleats to the wall.
5 Wrap excess cord around the cleat hook or secure the chain/cord into the clip.
These two clips are the cheapest way to make blinds safe, but there are other products available from operating wands and control guard cord safety devices to cordless blinds as pleated, venetians and roller blinds.
Plus for the latest innovation in the home that’s also child safe, how about fitting motorized blinds that are operated with a remote control just like the TV and don’t need cords at all.
Disclosure: We were sent a copy of Red Ted Art: Cute and Easy Crafts for Kids in return for this post