Retrofit Corded Blinds for Safety
As of December 2018, off-the-shelf window coverings sold in the U.S. and Canada must comply with safety standards requiring short or inaccessible cords (or none at all), as dangling cords can pose a strangulation risk to young children and pets. Here, add-ons that can make existing corded blinds pass the safety test
FOR CONTINUOUS-LOOP CORDS > Keep the cord taut by installing a tensioner (from $3.99; FixMyBlinds) on the wall or inside the window frame; just thread the cord through the device, which holds the loop tight at the bottom. Or upgrade with a motorized smart tensioner (like MOVE Blinds Motor, $89; Teptron), which can be operated remotely via smartphone.
FOR HANGING CORDS > Cord wind-ups pop apart, storing excess cord in their hollow interiors. Your blinds still work the same way, but the shortened cords are out of reach of small hands (Window Blind Cord Wind-ups, $2.49 for two; Safety 1st)
Shown: The cord’s unused length is hidden inside.