May 11, 2015

Child & Pet Safety

Making Shades & Blinds More Safe

 Most cords come with a breakaway safety tassel which snaps open when pressure is applied, adding an extra measure of protection by coming apart in an emergency.

Make existing shades and blinds more child safe with the addition of cord cleats. Cord cleats, designed for standard cordlock treatments, allows excess cords to be wrapped around it.

Window treatments with a continuous cord loop, are best installed with a cord tensioner to keep cords taught and prevent them from twisting and tangling.

We leave the cord cleats in clients’ homes for those who opt not to have them installed, but feel free to call us back if you wish to have them installed. Likewise, please let us know if you would like cord loops previously opted without cord tensioners to be installed.

Protect your children and pets at home with these simple tips from our manufacturers and Window Covering Safety Council (WCSC):

  • 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 & window cords, preferably to another wall.
  • Keep all pull cords out of  children’s reach. Make sure that tasseled pull cords are short and continuous-loop cords are permanently anchored.
  • Never allow long window covering pull cords to "puddle" on the floor next to the window.

Cordless operation is the premier choice for cord-free operation and streamlined appearance. Instead of relying cords, a gentle push or pull is all that’s needed to raise or lower the shade.

Ultraglide, a patented Hunter Douglas system features a retractable pull cord that stays constant in length whether the shade is raised or lowered. This reduces access to the lift cords and ideal for tall windows.

Continuous cord loops permanently anchored to the window, wall, or floor, holds looped cords 
taut, reducing risk and ideal for wide windows.

Motorized treatments operated at the touch of the botton eliminates the cord entirely. Available battery powered or hardwired.

Sheers with fully operable blackout drapery provide an alternative to controlling amount of light & privacy.