Child Window Coverings Safety - What Parents Should Know
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Child Window Covering Safety - What New Parents Should Know

Custom window coverings are among the top five hidden hazards in American homes. Installing cordless window treatments in homes with small children can eliminate hazards and make your home safer for toddlers and young children. If you're a new parent, it's important to expand child-proofing to your windows as well. But what window coverings should you pursue and what can they do to increase the safety of your children? Experts say that many new parents neglect to include the importance of window treatments during the baby-proofing process. While some window treatments are perfectly safe for an adult, they may pose a tempting hazard to infants as well as toddlers. Dangling cords may be viewed as a playful item and children can become entangled in them, leading to potential choking hazards and even fatalities. To avoid such hazards, the Window Covering Safety Council recommends that adults with young children should install and operate cordless window products only. This should be the case not only for their primary residence but also child care facilities and the homes of their grandparents. Owners and renters that manage homes where young children live (or might potentially live) should replace all window coverings that were produced and installed on or before 2001 with safer products. V-lonne Window Fashions can help you figure out which products and coverings offer enhanced safety for your home. Many window treatments can be ordered with cordless lift options, cord-free structures, wand controls, and even motorization that can rid the need for pull cords entirely. Our experts can demonstrate the features of these safer products to parents and homeowners alike so they have a good understanding of what the product is, how it works, and have all the information they need to make an informed decision about which style of window covering to purchase. Some types of window coverings such as draperies, shutters, and motorized roller shades do not have internal cords – whereas the internal cords of cordless cellular shades (especially those with smaller cells) are difficult for small fingers to access. This makes them a smart choice for homes with small children present. While nothing can replace the watchful eye of a parent, it's nice to know there are steps you can take to make your home that much safer. Parents should not only select their cordless window treatments carefully, but also pay attention to how furniture is placed in a room. The Window Covering Safety Council recommends that parents move cribs and furniture away from window areas so that children will not be in close proximity to window treatments. Parents that cannot or have yet to install cordless treatments should take extra care to secure cords out of reach using cord tensioners and cord cleats.
 

Custom window coverings are among the top five hidden hazards in American homes. Installing cordless window treatments in homes with small children can eliminate hazards and make your home safer for toddlers and young children. 

If you're a new parent, it's important to expand child-proofing to your windows as well. But what window coverings should you pursue and what can they do to increase the safety of your children?

Experts say that many new parents neglect to include the importance of window treatments during the baby-proofing process. While some window treatments are perfectly safe for an adult, they may pose a tempting hazard to infants as well as toddlers. Dangling cords may be viewed as a playful item and children can become entangled in them, leading to potential choking hazards and even fatalities.

To avoid such hazards, the Window Covering Safety Council recommends that adults with young children should install and operate cordless window products only. This should be the case not only for their primary residence but also child care facilities and the homes of their grandparents. Owners and renters that manage homes where young children live (or might potentially live) should replace all window coverings that were produced and installed on or before 2001 with safer products.

V-lonne Window Fashions can help you figure out which products and coverings offer enhanced safety for your home. Many window treatments can be ordered with cordless lift options, cord-free structures, wand controls, and even motorization that can rid the need for pull cords entirely. Our experts can demonstrate the features of these safer products to parents and homeowners alike so they have a good understanding of what the product is, how it works, and have all the information they need to make an informed decision about which style of window covering to purchase.

Some types of window coverings such as draperies, shutters, and motorized roller shades do not have internal cords – whereas the internal cords of cordless cellular shades (especially those with smaller cells) are difficult for small fingers to access. This makes them a smart choice for homes with small children present. While nothing can replace the watchful eye of a parent, it's nice to know there are steps you can take to make your home that much safer.

Parents should not only select their cordless window treatments carefully, but also pay attention to how furniture is placed in a room. The Window Covering Safety Council recommends that parents move cribs and furniture away from window areas so that children will not be in close proximity to window treatments. Parents that cannot or have yet to install cordless treatments should take extra care to secure cords out of reach using cord tensioners and cord cleats.

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