Consider child safety when choosing window covers

Consider child safety when choosing window covers

Submitted by Bob and Lynn Russo, owners of Budget Blinds of Southeast Columbus & Lancaster Ohio

New additions to your family signal a new lifestyle. We baby proof rooms, secure cords, lock cabinets, buy items we have to learn to use and add protectors to electric outlets.

Many new parents don’t include window treatments during the baby proofing process, but window treatments that are perfectly safe for an adult may pose a tempting hazard to infants and toddlers who view dangling cords as playthings and become entangled.

The Window Covering Safety Council recommends that only cordless window products be used in homes with young children. Additionally, owners and renters should replace all window coverings in the home made before 2001 with today's safer products.

Knowing which products offer enhanced safety is important, and that’s where hiring a professional can be helpful. There are so many window treatments that are either cordless by nature or can be ordered with cordless lift or motorization to eliminate pull cords. In fact, there are some products that have no cords or the cords are inaccessible under normal use.

Certain styles of window coverings, like shutters, draperies and motorized roller shades have no internal cords whatsoever. The internal cords of cordless cellular shades, particularly those with smaller cells, are inaccessible to tiny fingers.

While nothing can replace the careful, watchful eye of a loving parent or guardian, there are things you can do to minimize hazards and enhance safety in your home.

In addition to choosing cordless window treatments, new parents want to pay attention to where they place furniture in the room. The Window Covering Safety Council recommends moving cribs and furniture away from window areas so that children aren’t tempted to play with window treatments.

If you are in a living situation where you cannot install cordless window treatments, be sure to secure operation cords out of reach with cord tensioners and cord cleats.

Bob and Lynn Russo are the owners of Budget Blinds of Southeast Columbus & Lancaster Ohio. There are five local Budget Blinds owner/operators in the central Ohio area. The companies proudly serves homeowners and businesses across central Ohio including Pickerington, Dublin, Westerville and all other surrounding cities offering complementary in-home estimates and consultations, professional measuring and installation and a rich selection of quality window treatments including shutters, blinds, draperies, shades, awnings and window film. Budget Blinds works with nearly 30 leading window covering manufacturers and offers its own private label line of window treatments, Signature Series®.

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