We are all aware of the dangers of hanging window cords. Families with small children or pets must be aware of the strangulation hazards and take steps to protect them.
Older window coverings are particularly dangerous and often have long, tangled cords that reach the floor. These products do not meet the latest standards for window treatment safety.
Older shades and blinds should be replaced with cordless window products, according to The Window Covering Safety Council. This is particularly true for rooms of young children and infants, where cords pose a strangulation threat.
Parents of pets must also keep in mind that cords can also be a danger to curious cats and dogs. Cats enjoy perching on window sills and dogs often like to look out windows to see where you go during the day, if you’re coming home, and who might be trespassing in their yard. Therefore, they open themselves up to the strangulation hazards that many pet parents do not even consider.
Addressing safety issues in window coverings with newer cordless blinds can also provide a cleaner appearance to windows. Cords can be an eye-sore, particularly for older blinds. Oftentimes, the string needs tied to prevent it from touching the ground, even when the blinds rest on the window sill. When the blinds are pulled open, the string lengthens and needs to be adjusted, tied up, or hidden, resulting in an unkempt appearance even in a spotless room.
New cordless blinds are slick, stylish, and come in a variety of styles and designs. Folding shades, for instance, are available in accordion-style pleats, honeycomb, and Roman shades. Additionally, there are a virtually unlimited number of fabric and pleat options to design the perfect match to your room and your tastes. Custom fabric designs and a variety of shapes can be used to create a unique window treatment specific to your needs.
Cordless blinds are also available with remote control technology, allowing you to raise or lower the shading system with the touch of a button. Systems can adjust automatically to light levels, temperature, or other factors.
Removing a safety hazard from your home is especially beneficial when you replace it with something that is elegant, convenient, and uniquely you.