Window blind cords can be very dangerous for children and pets. Dangling cords can strangle a child or pet, so it's important to secure them in place after every use. Creating a blind cord tie-up is easy and inexpensive; the peace of mind it can afford a parent or pet owner is invaluable.
Things You'll Need
- Step stool or small ladder
- Screw gun
- Window blind cord wrap
Find the pull cord on the left or right side of the blind. In most models, the blind pull cord will be on the right.
Place a stool or ladder beside the window on the side of the pull cord and use a level and a pencil to draw a vertical line on the wall beside the window frame. The line should be the approximate length of the cord tie-up fixture. The pencil line should be situated alongside the top 1/4 of the window; it should be approximately 3 to 5 inches from the window frame.
Hold the cord tie-up fixture up to the pencil line, which should be visible through the two screw holes in the base of the tie-up, to ensure that the fixture is straight and vertical. The tie-up fixture looks like a miniature boat tie-up, comprised of a base with a perpendicular "T" (the cord will be wrapped around the "T"); it will sit against the wall.
Using the pencil line as a guide, use a screw gun to insert screws into the wall through the two screw holes in the fixture.
Erase any visible pencil lines from the wall. If an eraser is not available, a damp, soapy sponge will also remove the marks.
Wrap the window blind cord around the tie-up fixture after every use to prevent strangulation accidents involving children or pets. The excess cord should be tied up whether the blind is up or down--though when the blind is down, there will be much less cord that needs to be secured.
Tips & Warnings
- If you are a renter, you may not be able to place screws in the wall. An easy alternative involves using two plastic adhesive hooks placed end-to-end (the top hook is placed normally with the "U" facing the ceiling; the bottom hook is placed upside down). You can also purchase double-stick tape and stick a tie-up fixture to the wall.
- For a temporary, makeshift window blind cord tie up, you can follow the steps above but instead of using the plastic tie-up hardware, use two screws placed about two inches apart. The screws must protrude from the wall by 1 to 2 inches.
- You can hide the tie-up fixture behind curtains if you decide you don't want it to be visible.
- Check the manufacturer's website or window blind safety organizations (see resources) to learn about window covering safety recalls. In cases where recalls have been issued, you will be eligible to receive a replacement product or a retrofitting kit.
- You can perform a search for specific product recalls on the Consumer Product Safety Commission website (see resources.)
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