This post was sponsored by the Window Covering Safety Council as part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central and all opinions expressed in my post are my own.
Being a mom and grandma is my favorite thing! No matter what corner of the world I may find myself in, grandbaby giggles, laughter and fun will bring me running every time. I count it an amazing privilege to get to spend time with each of them. So, of course, I want the time we spend together to be, not just fun, but also as safe as possible.
Until you have kids, you don’t give much thought to your home decor, beyond whether or not you like the way it looks. As a parent and grandparent, though, it’s definitely one of the top considerations when I make a purchase. We’re all great at outlet covers and cabinet locks. There are obvious things that we all do to make the landscape of our homes healthier and safer for our smallest loved ones. One that is often overlooked, however, is our window coverings. Window covering safety isn’t as obviously on the radar screen as some other measures that we take.
It takes less than a second of turning to answer the phone, or to speak to someone beside you or even to shut off the timer on your oven. But, in that split second a toddler or young child can seemingly sprint (or crawl) across your home and find dangers and hazards you hadn’t even considered. It’s the heart-in-your-throat moment, when you realize everything is quiet, TOO quiet, that panic begins. And, many times, that fear is legitimate. The longer I live, the more I accept the reality that small children WILL get away from us on occasion. It isn’t bad parenting or grandparenting. It’s just life and the natural curiosity and independence of children. We have to expect it and be prepared. Kids are quick and resourceful. Since it’s nearly impossible to prevent those faster-than-lightning excursions, every single time, we have to diligently anticipate potential sources of danger and make them safe for those “runaway moments”. A little pre-planning can save our children and grandchildren from harm when they charge quickly out of our line of sight. Replacing corded blinds can prevent the tragedy of accidental strangulation.
Since we moved to a new house, with all new window coverings a few weeks ago, and since October was Window Coverings Safety Month, it was a logical time to evaluate our own situation, again. As you can see from the photo, above, we were in good shape in the living room, but we definitely have blinds in other spots that need our attention.
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