October is Window Covering Safety Month
At Coastal Breezz we care about your family, and the safety of your children and young ones who may visit your home. As October is Window Covering Safety Month, we ask that you come in and pick up your complementary booklet “Child Safety at the Window” from Hunter Douglas and Coastal Breezz. The most important thing you can do is to go ‘cord free’. If you are unable to do that, or are not ready to invest into new window coverings that are cordless, here are some tips from the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC):
“Every year, cords from window coverings kill children,” said CPSC Chairman Elliot F. Kaye. “Parents should go cordless if they can. This is a true hidden hazard to parents and children. Until the more hazardous options are removed from the marketplace, going cordless is the safest approach to use in places where young children are present.”
CPSC encourages parents and caregivers to follow these window cord precautions:
- The best option is to install only cordless window coverings in homes with young children.
- If you choose to have corded window coverings in your house, follow these steps to lower the strangulation risk to your child:
- Keep all window covering cords well out of the reach of children, at all times.
- Move and keep all furniture, cribs, beds and climbable surfaces away from windows.
- Make sure pull cords are adjusted to be as short as possible.
- Continuous-loop pull cords on draperies, roller shades, and vertical blinds must be pulled tight and anchored to the floor or wall with a tension device.
- Be sure “cord stops,” a washer-like device used to prevent a dangerous cord loop from being pulled out of an inner cord, are installed properly. Cord stops should be adjusted to limit movement on inner cords of blinds and shades.
Another good resource for window covering safety month, and throughout the year, is The Window Covering Safety Council (WCSC).
Come by our home decor center in Indian Shores Florida for more window covering safety tips and a design consultation for your coastal home. Please share the awareness of Window Covering Safety Month with your friends and family!