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Tuesday, October 25, 2011

October is Child Safety Month

According to information provided by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, since 1990, more than 200 infants and young children have died from accidentally strangling in window cords.

Hunter Douglas takes this very seriously and strives to manufacture their blinds and shades with enhanced child safety features.

From cordless manual and motorized operating systems, retractable lift cords, cord tensioners and wand controls, we offer a wide array of innovative lifting system options for enhanced child and pet safety as well as especially easy operation. Also designed with safety in mind, Vignette® Modern Roman Shades are constructed with no cords across the back of the shade to eliminate potential hazards associated with these cords.
View of the back of a vignette shade.
No exposed cords.

Download the available child safety brochure for more information about the innovative operating system options available on individual Hunter Douglas product collections.

For additional information and repair kits for older Hunter Douglas window covering products, please visit The Window Covering Safety Council website.

To maximize window-cord safety when young children are present, consumers are urged to follow these safety guidelines:
  • Install only cordless window coverings in homes with young children. 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 and window cords, preferably to another wall.
  • Keep all window pull cords and inner lift cords out of the reach of children. Make sure that tasseled pull cords are short and continuous-loop cords are permanently anchored to the floor or wall. Make sure cord stops are properly installed and adjusted to limit movement of inner lift cords.
  • Lock cords into position whenever horizontal blinds or shades are lowered, including when they come to rest on a windowsill.
Please contact us if you need help with making sure your blinds and shades meet the safety requirements.

I also came across a great blog. Safety Mom. This is a great website devoted to child safety in general.

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