Choosing Safe Window Coverings

Windows allow the beauty of nature to come in to our homes. They let the natural sunlight in while also allowing us to look out at the scenery. It’s no wonder windows play such an important role in the design of a home!

But windows serve more that just an aesthetic purpose in your home. They are also an important safety feature.

safe window coverings

When it comes to window covering safety, a main concern is child safety. Children and window cords can present a potentially hazardous situation. The Window Covering Safety Council (WCSC) recommends homeowners and renters replace all window coverings in the home made before 2001 with today’s safer products.

Here are some other safety tips from the WCSC to keep in mind:

  • Install only cordless window coverings in young children’s bedrooms and sleeping areas. Replace window blinds, corded shades and draperies manufactured before 2001 with today’s safer products.
  • Move all cribs, beds, furniture and toys away from windows and window cords, preferably to another wall.
  • Keep all window pull cords and inner lift cords out of the reach of children. Make sure that tasseled pull cords are short and continuous-loop cords are permanently anchored to the floor or wall. Make sure cord stops are properly installed and adjusted to limit movement of inner lift cords.
  • Lock cords into position whenever horizontal blinds or shades are lowered, including when they come to rest on a windowsill.

Hirshfield’s offers a variety cordless options for your home that will fit right into your home’s design and safety needs. The LiteRise system allows you raise and lower your shades or blinds with just the touch of a finger and eliminates any dangling cords in your home. LiteRise is available on several Hunter Douglas window fashions.

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