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Blind & Shade Cords for Child Safety

You open and close your window treatments daily throughout your home for privacy and just-right sunlight. But you may be surprised to learn that the cords in this everyday activity can be dangerous for children and pets.

We know safety is your top priority, and it’s as important to us as it is to you. So we created this resource to help you when you’re child-proofing or pet-proofing your home and when you’re buying new window treatments.

Don’t worry—it’s easy to remove the risks in your home!

Start here:

Simple Steps for Today

Follow these tips to make your home safer today.

safety step 1

Move cribs, beds, furniture, and toys away from windows and window cords, preferably to another wall.

safety step 2

Use these safety devices to keep cords out of reach and prevent dangerous loops.

cord cleats

Cord cleats are hook-like devices that screw into your wall or window frame. Wrap cords tightly around cord cleats so they don’t dangle. Call Bali Customer Service, and we’ll send you cord cleats for free—no matter where your blinds or shades came from!

cord stops

Cord stops are plastic washers on pull cords. They prevent loops from forming in the inner cords (the ones that connect the slats). Check that cord stops are two inches or less from the top of the blind or shade when it’s lowered.


Continuous-loop cords are looped cords used to operate the blind or shade. These loops stay the same length but should still be under tension (or taut) and anchored to the floor, wall, or window frame with a tensioner.

safety step 3

Get a free retrofit kit from the Window Coverings Safety Council if your blinds or shades were made before 2001. The kit includes cord stops, end tassels, hold down devices, rings, and cords.

The Basics

Operating cords lift, lower, or tilt blinds and shades.

This warning label lets you know which products have exposed cords and pose a risk.

cord operation warning

Products with this Best for Kids logo have been tested by a third-party laboratory and are safe for kids.

Certified Best for Kids

More Resources:

Bali Natural Shades

Long-Term Solutions for Tomorrow

Whether you have kids now or are expecting kids and grandkids later, buying Best for Kids certified cordless products is the best solution for your home. Window treatments last for years, and your family’s safety is always a good investment!

We offer two types of control options that are certified Best for Kids.

Cordless Control

Cordless Control

Cordless control uses handles or wands to adjust the blind or shade.

AutoView Motorized Control

AutoView Motorized Control

Bali AutoView motorized control is cordless control’s cooler cousin. No cords and a remote control!