Uncover the facts on window covering safety


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Sometimes the ins and outs of our homes, while of no danger to adults, can be threatening and hazardous to our little ones. Today’s potential risk: window coverings. According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, since 1990, more than 200 infants and young children have died from accidentally strangling in window cords.

Which is why the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and the Window Covering Safety Council (WCSC) are co-sponsoring National Window Covering Safety Month.

This October (and in reality, all year long) parents with young children should take notice of their windows and make the switch to cordless window products — as long as they were manufactured after 2001.

And going cordless couldn’t be easier: A number of companies are offering products, promotions and retrofits in honor of National Window Covering Safety Month:

• Between Oct. 1 and Nov. 30, free upgrades to the Hunter Douglas LiteRise cordless lifting system (which raises and lowers window fashions with a gentle touch on the bottom rail) will be available to Hunter Douglas Gallery Dealer and Showcase Priority Dealer customers on select styles of window coverings with no minimum or maximum purchase requirements. Click here for the Hunter Douglas dealer locator. And check out the company’s other child-safe products, including Vignette Modern Roman Shades, which are constructed without cords across the back of the shade.

• Midwest Blind & Shade is offering kits at no charge to retrofit window treatments. Retrofit kits are available for Roman Shades, Roll up Type Shades, Mini Blinds, Horizontal Blinds, Pleated Shades for before and after 1995, Vertical Blinds and Traversing Draperies. Click here to access an online order form.

• Comfortex is offering a free cordless upgrade here on Roller and Cellular Shades Oct. 1 to Nov. 30.

• The Window Covering Safety Council is offering free cord stops, tassels and tie-down devices. All orders come with a safety brochure with retrofit instructions. Click here for the order form and more information.