October has been designated National Window Covering Safety Month and we want every one of our customers to know how to keep their families safe. Let’s cover some of the basic safety tips and then look at the ways you can check your window coverings and improve them as needed.
Cords may seem harmless, but they can turn deadly if toddlers become entwined in them. October is the perfect month to educate consumers on the safety of their window coverings. It’s true that accidents have been on the decline ever since the industry changed their safety standards, but the Consumer Product Safety Commission says that at least one child still dies every month from a window cord strangulation – and at least once a month a child suffers from near-strangulation. Obviously, this is a problem to take seriously.
As you shop for assess your current draperies or shop for new window coverings, you should keep the following in mind:
- Child-safe window coverings include wooden shutters, cordless blinds, motorized shades, and cordless cellular shades.
- Adding safety features can help prevent homeowners from having to buy entirely new window treatments.
- Be sure to place your furniture away from windows so kids can’t easily access them.
The latest standards, which came out in 2010, significantly changed the safety requirements for window coverings. Companies have taken these recommendations seriously and Half Price Drapes offers numerous hardware options that are perfect for parents of kids.
Standard curtains are a great choice because they don’t include cords or other choking hazards. Choose from a wide range of colors and even order swatches that allow you to test the color in your home before you make your purchase.
Parents who want roman shades, honeycomb shades, or cellular shades have several options. They can purchase specific hardware designed to childproof their shades, or they can keep furniture away from their shades – thus keeping the kids away. Remember that as kids get older and more resourceful, they’re likely to find a way to get at the cords if they really want them.
For that reason, we recommend our cordless shades. The cord is the main problem, as kids can become caught in them. Childproofing cords only goes so far – the best prevention is to keep the issue out of your home in the first place. Contact Half Price Drapes for more information on your options.