Friday, October 11, 2013

Child Safety and Window Treatment Cords Beware!


It's  amazing to me how there are still parents that are unaware of the safety of there young children
when purchasing window treatments and curtain and drapery hardware. 
Unfortunately, each year many young children die due to strangulation on drapery, blind, and shade cords.  The window treatment industry has done  a great deal by recalling products, issuing repair kits and informing the public of this hazard.  The standards for window covering manufacturers are high, but there is still work to be done with getting the word to consumers.

There can never really be enough said to warn consumers of the danger of loose dangling cords.  Some consumers purchase homes where there are existing window covering with older venetian blinds and roman shades with dangling cords. They live with dangerous cords thinking "it will not happen to my children" and lets face it window coverings can be expensive.
If a consumer faces this situation they can contact the window coverings organization www.windowcoverings.org and request a free retro kit to secure dangling cords.

I  suggest the minimum amount of secured cords in a home with small child and absolutely  not in the child's bedroom.  If you find that you do have the traverse rods in a child's room make sure that the cord is attached to a tension pulley.
 Traverse rods are traditional and very practical for draperies, but have to be installed correctly with cords secured to a pulley.  Cordless traverse rods are a safe alternative to corded traverse rods if you have small children
A child's safety is of the utmost importance and the consumer has to know that it just takes a little time and effort to be safe.
 
Vee Willis
Linda's Curtain Studio

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