October is Window Covering Safety Month!

Window covering safety should be practiced every day, but this month is even more special because it’s National Window Covering Safety Month. This month we’re going to share with you some tools and tricks you can use to keep your children safe from window covering cords. With alternatives such as cordless coverings and the Powerview Hunter Douglas Window Coverings from Horizon Window Fashions, it’s easier than ever to keep your children away from dangerous cords. 

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Hunter Douglas Window Covering Safety

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission calls corded window coverings one of the top five hidden hazards in American homes, causing infants and children to accidentally becoming entangled in window blind cords. The cords that hang from your window coverings may seem harmless, but they can become potential strangulation hazards to children if not properly managed. There are many window covering options to choose from that are child friendly, see which one will work best for you and your family.

Retractable Lift Cords

Retractable lift cords can be adjusted to your desired length so they won’t be in reach of children. This system keeps cords at a constant length so you don’t have to worry about readjusting.

Cord Tensioners

Continuous cord loop tensioners keep long cords from hanging down, and away from the reach of children. The cord loops through the tensioner device and works on a pull system, which means small children won’t be able to grab onto the cords.

Cordless Window Coverings

Hunter Douglas has made window coverings that are completely cordless. To use them, all you have to do is pull down on the blinds or shades to close them, or push them up to open them. These window treatments eliminates the cord altogether, making them safe for any child to be around. 

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Motorized operating systems such as the Hunter Douglas PowerView system are completely hands free and can be found at dealers like Horizon Window Fashions. These motorized shutters don’t come with a cord attached because the cord isn’t necessary for controlling your window coverings. Instead of using a cord to control your Hunter Douglas window coverings, the PowerView system allows motorized shutters to move independently based on a schedule you set for them, making them perfectly safe for your children. 

For More Information

There are many tools available that can help educate and inform consumers of proper window covering safety methods. One of the best resources to use is the Window Covering Safety Council (WCSC) website. There, they have tips for childproofing your home, as well as articles, blogs and extra resources to help you keep your little ones safe from cord strangulation. 

Other resources you can use are:

  • This newly added Newsroom article in The Link: Duette® and Applause® Honeycomb Shades Child Safety Facts and Features.
  • Hunter Douglas' Child Safety at the Window brochure.
  • Or, log in here to take a quick refresher of the new product safety standards that took effect in December 2018.

Hunter Douglas Window Coverings at Horizon Window Fashions 

Horizon Window Fashions is a proud dealer of Hunter Douglas window treatments. We carry a wide range of Hunter Douglas blinds, shades, and shutters. Family is also important to us, which is why we encourage proper window covering safety. If you’re looking to enhance the safety of your Hunter Douglas window coverings, then connect with us! We can help make your home’s blinds or shades completely child safe, so you won’t have to worry about your children being near the windows. Contact us today!

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