October is Window Covering Safety Month
The Window Covering Safety Council (WCSC) and the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) want to remind everyone about the hazard window covering cords can pose to young children and pets. The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) says window treatment cords are one of the top five hidden hazards in American homes, with infants and children accidentally becoming entangled in window cords. Their message needs to be heard by everyone, not just parents or caregivers.
Here are some tips from the Window Covering Safety Council (WCSC) to keep in mind:
- Install only cordless window coverings in homes with young children.
- Continuous-loop pull cords on draperies and vertical blinds should be pulled tight and anchored to the floor or wall.
- Move all furniture, cribs, beds and climbable surfaces away from windows and window cords.
- Make sure tasseled pull cords are as short as possible.
- If you cannot replace older window treatments, this link offers instructions on how to retrofit them.
Not quite certain what your options are? Hunter Douglas has a wide array of lifting systems for child and pet safety. Also, the Window Covering Safety Council website has tons of valuable information.
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