Window Treatment Wednesday: Window Covering Safety Month

window covering safety month

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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{picking the perfect window treatments}

You’ve picked out the perfect paint color. You’ve selected a fabulous combination of furniture that doesn’t necessarily match, but goes together effortlessly, and you’ve finally found the bold statement piece your room needs in a luxurious area rug. Yet your space is still lacking one finishing touch – window treatments.

There are so many options out there when it comes to window treatments, which is why they can be an overwhelming purchase to make. But, with just a little background knowledge you’ll know exactly what to look for.

The first thing you will want to consider is safety. According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, there are 120 reported fatalities and 113 injuries caused by corded window coverings since 1999. LiteRise shades are a great option if you have kids or pets in your home. A cordless system eliminates the risk of a child getting tangled in a hanging cord. You can read more about safe window coverings in this blog post.

Duette Top-Down Bottom-Up with LiteRise

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