Innumerable homes and businesses are outfitted with a blind system that is dangerous to children. The reminder came in an Oct. 1, 2009 article in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch thattalked about a recent incident that left a local child in a vegetative state and a previous incident seven years ago that left another child dead. The risk is particularly associated with horizontal blinds and the corded strings that keep the blind slats in line.
Sadly, in both cases, the dangling strings common on vertical, horizontal and cellular blinds had been moved out of the reach of the children for safety. Yet, the children somehow managed to strangle themselves in the strings that hold together the slats of the horizontal blinds.
Since the emergence of this danger to children came out a few years ago, Sunshine Drapery & Interior Design has placed priority focus on ensuring that cords are secured out of the reach of children and to select vendors that have moved to break-away blind systems. If you have small children in the home, please be cautious about the type of window treatments you use, and do not use horizontal blinds in a child’s room. There are a number of alternative options that provide the same function and available at a range of prices. If you would like to know about alternative options to horizontal blinds, please contact Sunshine Drapery at 314.569.2980.