If your window treatments were purchased before 2001, or if you don’t know when they were purchased, it may be time to replace them with newer window coverings with updated safety features. This is particularly a good idea if you’ve recently welcomed a new baby or pet into the family. While nothing is going to replace a vigilant parent or caregiver, these features will enhance the safety of your window coverings. Budget Blinds Vendor Alliance Director, Tracy Christman, recommends these safety features for homes with small children and pets to reduce the risk of entanglement:
- Cordless Window Treatments – Raise and lower window coverings easily without cords! Eliminating cords also creates an aesthetically-pleasing, uncluttered look that is popular in today’s decor. This feature is available on a number of window treatments.
- Motorized Window Treatments – Using a battery-operated remote control, you can raise, lower, tilt or open and close your window coverings at the touch of a button. Motorization has increased in popularity over the years and is available on numerous window treatments. With some motorization packages, homeowners can pre-program window treatments to open and close throughout the day enhancing security by making the home look occupied and saving energy by controlling heat gain.
- Wand – Some window treatments, such as horizontal blinds and vertical blinds, are available with a control wand as opposed to a pull cord.
- Breakaway Tassels – If you must have control cords, make sure they have breakaway tassels.
- Inner Cord Stops – This feature prevents the inner cords from being pulled out where they could pose a strangulation hazard to children and pets.
- Cord Cleats – Cord cleats keep continuous cord loops tightly secured against the wall so they cannot be pulled away or played with.
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