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October is the window treatments safety month

October 11, 2021

October is the window treatments safety month

When we think of all the precautions we take to make our home the safest for our children, we often overlook window cords as a potentially serious risk. October is Window Treatment Safety month and ShadeMonster would like to help you keep your loved ones safe by helping you choose the safest window treatments for your home (or office).

Why Window Covering Safety is so Important

Window coverings safety is often overlooked because, for the most part, we don't usually think about how important it can be. When you have young kids (and/or pets) being aware of these risks will save their life. The statistics below may shock certain people but here at ShadeMonster we believe in raising as much awareness as possible about the safety of window treatments.

According to the report of the Consumer Product Safety Commission  (CPSC):

- When children become entangled, strangulation can occur in less than a minute.

- Window cord strangulation is often silent, so parents or caregivers nearby may not realize that a tragedy is unfolding.

- On average, about nine children age 5 and younger die every year from strangulation in window blinds, shades, draperies and other window coverings with cords.

- About 200 incidents involving children up to 8 years old due to strangulation hazards on window covering cords from January 2009 through December 2020, according to CPSC data.

- Injuries levaried from a scar around the neck, quadriplegia and permanent brain damage.

 

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The  CPSC Acting Chairman Robert Adler lately stated that “The safest option when young children are present is to go cordless.” 

How to Keep Your Kids Safe

Window coverings can be a danger to children, especially those who are small and crawling on the floor or climbing into them. The following tips are recommended by CPSC and will help you keep your little ones safe while around windows:

  • Do not place furniture near windows. This will make it easier for a child to climb or fall on a window.
  • Go cordless!Using cordless window coverings is the best solution in homes with children under age 9 years. This is actually the law for child care facilities, so why not use it in your home?
  • If you already have corded window shades, make sure the cord is out of sight and reach of you kid, hiding it behind the shades. You can also order a retrofit kit at www.windowcovering.org.
  • Pull it tight! Continuous-loop pull cords should be pulled tight and anchored to the floor or wall with a tension device.
  • Properly install your window coverings Be sure cord stops are properly installed and adjusted to limit movement on inner cords on blinds and shades.

Window Treatments cord risk

The Best Cordless Window Treatments

ShadeMonster, as a window treatment manufacturer and distributor, takes the safety of its products extremely seriously. For the safety of children and pets we offer cordless blinds.

Shademonster choice for cordless window treatments goes on motorized roller shades!

We also have a wide range of materials that cover a variety of different safety requirements, such as hypoallergenic and fire retardant fabric.

Motorized Roller Shades

Motorized roller shades are completely cordless and are controlled by a remote control, smart phones, ipads, Alexa and/or other smart home automation systems. Electric blinds have all the benefits of a roller shade with the comfort of operating the shades with a touch of a button or saying a word. They provide privacy, they reduce glare, and they protect your home from UV rays. ShadeMonster Motorized shades  eliminate hazardous chords and deliver a pleasant and safe ambience for kids and pets.

ShadeMonster choses Somfy Motors or Vertilux motors when manufacturing our electric roller shades. These brands are the most reliable, durable, and efficient when it comes to motorized window treatments. You can program your shades to raise and close whenever you prefer to, or you can simply ask Alexa or Google to operate your shades. Their smart home systems are amazing and easy to use!

Always Remember

Remember to take precautions when dealing with your window treatments. Installing blinds and shades is not difficult, but it does require basic knowledge of the installation procedures and tool use. Be sure that you read the ShadeMonster instructions before installing any window covering. In case you are uncomfortable or unfamiliar with hanging blinds and shades, No fear we're here! ShadeMonster will guide you on the installation process, step-by-step. Contact us at +1 866.206.8056 and talk with an expert.

 References

CPSC to consumers: The safest window coverings when young children are present are cordless. (2021). U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission. https://www.cpsc.gov/Newsroom/News-Releases/2022/CPSC-to-Consumers-The-Safest-Window-Coverings-When-Young-Children-Are-Present-Are-Cordless

CPSC (2021). Window covering cords. U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission. https://www.cpsc.gov/Safety-Education/Safety-Education-Centers/Window-Covering




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