These days, many people are aware of the dangers common household elements can pose to young children and pets—people cover their outlets, keep sharp objects out of reach, and ensure that stairs are blocked. And many people now recognize the dangers of dangling window treatment cords. That’s what National Window Covering Safety Month is all about. At Window Treats here in Monmouth Beach, we’re committed to safety. Read on to learn more about how to mitigate issues with dangling window treatment cords.
Mitigating the Dangers
According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, corded window coverings are one of the top five hidden hazards in children’s homes. If cords are reachable by and accessible to infants and toddlers (as well as pets), they can pose strangulation dangers, which can result in brain damage or death. Hunter Douglas offers a variety of child- and pet-safe lift systems, such as SimpleLift™ (which lets you raise and lower the treatment with the simple touch of a button on the bottom rail, UltraGlide® (a single retractable cord or wand), LiteRise®, which lets you raise and lower the treatment with pressure from your hand), and SoftTouch® motorization (a battery-powered system that responds to you pulling down on or pushing up on a wand). For the cream of the crop, you can choose PowerView® Automation, a fully programmable motorized system that lets you adjust your window treatments based on programming or at any time, even if you’re not at home.
Retrofitting Old Treatments
New treatments might not be on your list right now, but you can still take precautions to ensure that any dangling cords don’t present dangers. Simply shorten the cords or tuck them up and out of reach of your child. Keep all cribs and beds away from corded treatments (on the other side of the room if you can). And consider ordering a free retrofit kit from the Window Covering Safety Council. This kit can help you make your cords as safe as possible for everyone in your home.
Child-Safe Lift Systems in Monmouth Beach
Window Treats, Inc. is service-oriented business specializing in custom shades, blinds and draperies. We serve residential & commercial customers throughout New Jersey & New York, including Allenhurst, Brooklyn, Cherry Hill, Colts Neck, Deal, Eatontown, Elberon, Englewood, Fair Haven, Freehold, Holmdel, Little Silver, Locust, Long Branch, Manalapan, Manhattan, Marlboro, Middletown, Monmouth Beach, Monroe, New Brunswick, Oakhurst, Ocean Township, Rumson, Spring Lake, Teaneck. Contact us for a consultation!