Budget Blinds, the leading custom window coverings franchise company in the United States and Canada, encourages homeowners to install cordless window treatments in homes where small children are present to enhance safety.
“Many new parents don’t include window treatments and window areas during the baby proofing process,” said Tracy Christman, vice president of Budget Blinds vendor alliance. “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 may become entangled in them.”
The Window Covering Safety Council recommends that only cordless window products be used in homes where young children are present – including grandparents’ homes and child care facilities to minimize risk. Additionally, owners and renters should replace all window coverings in the home made before 2001 with today’s safer products.
Knowing which products offer enhanced safety is important, and that’s where Budget Blinds’ 800 plus franchisees can be helpful.
“There are many window treatments that are either cord free by nature or can be ordered with either cordless lift options, or wand controls, or motorization to eliminate pull cords,” said Christman. “A local Budget Blinds style consultant can demonstrate the features of each product to homeowners so they can make an informed decision about their window coverings.”
Certain styles of window coverings, like shutters, draperies and motorized roller shades have no internal cords; whereas, the internal cords of cordless cellular shades, particularly those with smaller cells, are inaccessible to tiny fingers, making them a good choice for homes where small children are present.
“While nothing can replace the careful, watchful eye of a loving parent or guardian, there are things you can do to minimize hazards and enhance safety in your home,” said (Last Name).
In addition to choosing cordless window treatments, new parents want to pay attention to where they place furniture in the room. The Window Covering Safety Council recommends moving cribs and furniture away from window areas so that children aren’t tempted to play with window treatments.
If you are in a living situation where you cannot install cordless window treatments, be sure to also secure operation cords out of reach with cord tensioners and cord cleats.