The recent recall of more than 50 million roman shades and roll-up blinds has once again brought the topic of window treatment safety into the public’s eye. According the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, more than 200 infants and young children have died due to accidental strangulation in window covering cords since 1990.
Take the Quiz
- Were your window coverings, such as blinds and shades, manufactured before 2001?
- Do you have furniture or other large items within two feet of your window coverings?
- If your window coverings have inner lift cords, are those cords within reach of children?
- Do your window coverings have continuous loop cords?Do you have horizontal blinds or shades with excess cord?
If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, you should take immediate action to keep little ones in your home safe from potential window treatment hazards. Make sure all cords are properly anchored to the floor or wall to keep them tight and out of reach. Cords for horizontal blinds and shades can be wrapped around a cord cleat high on the wall to reduce risk.
Explore Your Options
Leaders in the window treatments industry, such as Hunter Douglas, have gone above and beyond basic safety features by offering consumers window covering options designed with safety in mind:
- LiteRise® cordless operating systems eliminate the window covering’s pull cord completely and are adjusted by hand in a gentle movement. These systems can be installed with select Hunter Douglas honeycomb shades, wood blinds, faux wood blinds, aluminum blinds and roman shades.
- Motorization eliminates lift cords and allows the window covering to be opened and closed with the touch of a button. Qualified Hunter Douglas installation experts can apply automation systems to a variety of honeycomb shades, pleated shades, roller shades, vertical shades, screen shades, privacy sheers, window shadings, roman shades and window panels.
- Cordless lifting systems replace a traditional lift cord with a short decorative pull that lowers the risk of accidents
- Vertiglide by Hunter Douglas, an innovative vertical pleat system that doesn’t use cords or chains, is a stylish and safe window treatment choice for sliding glass doors or other vertical openings
- Custom interior shutters, available in a variety of styles and textures, eliminate cords and provide enhanced functionality and timeless beauty.
You can learn more about the many window covering options that are safe for small children by viewing the functional displays at Ross Howard Design’s Dallas showroom. For more information or to schedule your free consultation, call 972-490-0088.
Why Ross Howard?
Ross Howard Design has been the Dallas area’s leader in interior design, home fashions, and custom window treatment for homes and businesses since 1981. The professional designers at Ross Howard are committed to bringing you the latest styles, current trends, and innovative technologies. For more expert information on window treatments and interior design, or for a consultation, give us a call today – 972-490-0088. We invite you to stop by our showroom, look at over 80 displays and pick up your free design book!
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