Budget Blinds encourages installing only cordless window treatments in homes where small children are present
Safety is always a consideration when designing rooms for children. There are many styles of window coverings available to homeowners today, but some window treatments that are perfectly safe for an adult may pose a tempting hazard to infants and toddlers who view dangling cords as playthings and become entangled.
“We recommend cordless window treatments for homes where small children are present,” said Tracy Christman, vice president of Budget Blinds’ Vendor Alliance. Because cords pose a potential strangulation hazard to small children and pets, cordless treatments like shutters, motorized roller shades, and cordless cellular shades are recommended for homes where small children are present because they increase safety by eliminating cords.
“We want our customers to enjoy the beauty of our products and take advantage of features that meet the needs of their lifestyles at the moment,” said Christman.
While nothing replaces the watchful eye of a loving parent or caregiver, additional precautions can be taken by parents and caregivers to reduce the risk of injury around window areas. In addition to choosing cordless window treatments for their child’s room, parents should also be mindful of where furniture is placed within the room. Moving furniture, such as cribs, changing tables, toy chests and chairs, away from the window area prevents access to window coverings. Additionally, it minimizes the risk of accidentally falling from the window should the child crawl off the furniture from the wrong side. Lastly, in the event that the glass breaks, positioning furniture away from the window reduces the risk of injury from broken glass.
Additional Safety Tips
If you are in a living situation where you cannot install cordless window treatments, be sure to secure dangling operation cords out of reach with cord cleats, which are readily available and inexpensive to purchase. If your window treatment has a continuous cord loop, make certain that the cord is properly held in a cord tensioner that the tensioner is securely fastened to the wall.
“Some cord tensioners, like those found on Budget Blinds’ Signature Series products, will not permit the window treatment to be operated if the cord tensioner is not fastened to the wall,” said Christman.
Another safety option that parents may want to consider is security film. The film helps maintain the integrity of the windowpane during a storm or earthquake and from the impact of flying objects such as wind-driven tree limbs or baseballs from the neighborhood game.
These tips, along with placing furniture away from window areas to prevent access, will make your home a safer place for little ones.