Window Covering Safety & Cordless Shades
Safety & Design Tips
Window blind cords can pose a potential strangulation hazard to young children. According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, corded window coverings are among the top five hidden hazards in American homes. Check your window coverings for exposed or dangling cords and retrofit or replace them with today’s safer products. Safety experts recommend using only cordless window coverings in homes with young children.
Window Areas: Never place a crib, playpen, bed or any type of low-standing furniture near a window. In exploring their surroundings, young children can accidentally fall through an open window or window screen, or become tragically entangled in a nearby window cord. Whenever possible, place cribs and furniture on a non-windowed wall.
Dangling or accessible cords on window coverings can pose an accidental strangulation hazard to infants and young children. For safety’s sake, replace older corded window coverings with today’s safer products. The Window Covering Safety Council (WCSC) and government safety officials recommend that you only use cordless window products in homes with young children.
If you can’t replace your corded window coverings, you can order free retrofit kits from WCSC. The website also contains a wealth of useful safety information for parents and caregivers.
Orange Beach Blinds offers free upgrades to cordless on all Hunter Douglas Applause Honeycomb Shades, Hunter Douglas Solara Roman Shades, Alta Honeycomb Shades, and Horizons Soft Fabric Roman Shades. Cordless and motorized shades are also available at a slight surcharge (our cost) for other window coverings which include:
- Wood Blinds
- Plantation Shutters
- Roller Shades
- Woven Wood Shades
- Silhouette Shadings
- Roman Shades
Orange Beach Blinds is committed to child and pet safety. Contact us for a free window covering evaluation.