We know that as a parent, you want to do everything to make sure your little ones are safe in the place you call home. There are a million and one ways to childproof a home but something that is often overlooked is the covering on your windows. Almost every home includes blinds and /or shades that allow you to enjoy privacy from the outside world, but these decorative window coverings can have cords that can be hazardous to children and pets. According to the US Consumer Product Safety Commission, corded window coverings are among the top five hidden hazards in American homes. Today, we’re sharing advice on how to make your shades, curtains, and blinds kid-safe.
TOP 5 TIPS TO MAKE WINDOWS SAFER FOR KIDS
Prevention begins with awareness. We all know that children are curious about the world around them, so keep the following tips top of mind to reduce the risk of accidents:
- Position cribs, beds, playpens and other furniture on walls without windows and window cords.
- Check current window treatments for any exposed or dangling cords & keep cords out of reach of children by tucking the cord up around the top of the blinds.
- Keep pull cords as short as they can functionally be & permanently anchor continuous loop window covering cords to the floor or wall.
- Limit the movement of cords between blinds slats (the inner cords) by installing cord stops and adjusting them to have limited movement.
- Go Cordless! Eliminate all potential risks when you change to a cordless window blind option that combines safety, functionality and style.
The window coverings industry has utilized every method possible to make sure consumers are aware of the dangers of corded window coverings – from labels, warning tags, and more. Together, Hunter Douglas and the Window Covering Safety Council encourage homeowners to install cordless window blinds and shades in rooms where young children play and sleep. From cordless alternatives to motorized operation systems, Hunter Douglas offers a wide array of products to help reduce the risk of accidents that are also a beautiful addition to your home décor.
CORDLESS WINDOW TREATMENT SOLUTIONS
The below list outlines the operating systems that, when paired with the Hunter Douglas window fashion of your choice, will ensure optimal safety for your family:
With the LiteRise cordless operating system you simply use your fingers to raise or lower the product. LiteRise will eliminate the need to have an operating cord, while also offering a more streamlined appearance.
A value-priced alternative to LiteRise, SimpleLift enhances both beauty and safety. Just raise and lower with the contoured bottom rail—no handle or cords required for these child-safe window treatments.
Hunter Douglas offers a wide variety of window fashions with motorized options that eliminate lift cords and provide the ultimate convenience. Better yet, your home’s safety is enhanced without the presence of dangling cords. It’s easy to control your motorized window fashions by remote, wireless wall switch or even with a tap on your Apple or Android mobile device. Want to learn more? Check this blog post out!
The Hunter Douglas Vertiglide operating system is the ideal choice for side-to-side openings, sliding glass doors or as a room divider. No lift cords, chains or wands make the Vertiglide system a natural choice for enhanced safety.
On certain vertically oriented window fashions, a single, sleek wand controls all functions and replaces potentially hazardous operating cords.
Clutch Lifting System
For enhanced safety, our spring-like clutch lifting system features a decorative pull in place of a traditional operating cord to raise and lower the shade.
Custom Shutter Collection
All Hunter Douglas shutters are cordless by design, eliminating potential safety hazards posed by operating cords. They add extraordinary beauty to any room and are especially well suited to homes with young children.
ADDITIONAL WINDOW TREATMENT SAFETY FEATURES
The below list outlines solutions offered by Hunter Douglas to minimize potential hazards with window treatments that utilize cords:
A retractable pull-cord enhances safety in this patented Hunter Douglas system. Whether the shade is raised or lowered, the cord maintains a constant length and is less accessible.
This combination function integrates both tilt and traverse functions into one easy-to-use control that keeps the cord taut.
A cord tensioner is designed with spring tension and bracket. When properly installed, it holds looped cords taut to reduce the risk of an inquisitive child becoming entangled.
Designed for standard cord lock products, a cord cleat allows excess cord to be tightly wrapped around it for both enhanced safety and a neater appearance at the window.
They say it “takes a village” when raising kids, so we want to help out and make your home as safe as possible. Our dedicated staff can provide you with more information on Hunter Douglas products including more in-depth details on child safe window blinds and other treatments. Also, when you visit an Avalon Flooring Showroom you can see the products and operating systems first hand.
For a complete product safety reference guide from Hunter Douglas, click here.
At Avalon Flooring, we want to make sure you’re happy from your first step in our showroom to your first step on your new flooring—and as your partner in home design, we’ll be there every step along the way. Consider us your “One-Stop Shopping” destination for all things flooring…(and window treatments)!
Our design consultants are equipped with the knowledge to guide you through the wide selection of products we offer, and our expert installation team is professionally trained to make sure everything gets installed the way you envision. We know your home is an expression of your sense of style, and we’re here to make sure you’ll be proud of it for years to come.
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