- By Signature Home Services
- In Baby Proofing, Graber, Robin Burrill, Signature Home Services, Window Treatments, Windows
The message is clear:
Dangling window cords are a strangulation hazard for children and even pets.
According to USA Today, injuries and death from the cords on window coverings send two kids to the emergency room every day in the United States. The risks are highest for children ages 1 to 4 where curiosity and mobility rise together and hit a precarious peak.
This risk is so serious, in fact, that the U.S. Consumer Protection Safety Commission (the CPSC) actually flagged window coverings as one of the top five “hidden hazards” in homes. In order to protect American families, the CPSC started an annual Window Covering Safety Month—coming up again right now, in October!
We EXPECT parents to cover their electrical outlets and put gates on stairs. But we forget about other dangers. In honor of Window Covering Safety Month—and to empower homeowners around town who have children or pets (or who regularly entertain them)—we’re going to share the three technologies available today to keep everyone at home safe.
You DO have options (this doesn’t have to be so scary)
We talk a lot about Graber window treatments. We became the local Graber dealer because their products are, to be honest, remarkable. With over 80 years of craftsmanship dedicated to a gorgeous line of custom window treatments, what’s not to love?
There’s more to it, though. We talk about Graber for reasons well beyond what looks good, gives you design flexibility and boasts longevity. The thing is…Graber designs their window treatments in truly innovative ways with whole families in mind.
IN FACT, Graber has published their own recommendations to ensure homeowners keep strangulation risks in mind—whether they have kids at home or regularly entertain them.
With Graber products, there are THREE outstanding (and unobtrusive) options to choose from to eliminate the “hidden hazard” of dangling cords in your home altogether…
1: Cordless lift
With Graber’s cordless lift options, lift cords are eliminated entirely for safety—and for a streamlined appearance.
2: Motorized lift
As though safety weren’t a good enough reason to consider a specific option, Graber’s motorized window treatments give you cordless AND remote control. That’s ease and safety, both at the touch of a button!
3: Retractable lift
Graber’s new, patented “Smart Pull” system lowers shades smoothly with a simple tug and raises them up with a set of short pulls. As for the cord? Say “bye-bye” to dangling danger!
The design features NO ONE talks about…
When I said that Graber designs with whole families in mind, I meant it. The level of detail they take into account when designing their custom window treatments has set new standards for safety in the industry.
- ALL Graber window treatments have tension pulleys and tie-down devices to keep continuous-loop pull cords taut at all times
- The cord stops on ALL horizontal Graber blinds also prevent internal cords from slipping through the louvers
Now THAT is truly taking “delight in the details…”
The history of window covering safety month
The CPSC and Window Covering Safety Council (WCSC) are both worth googling some time in October, because they were the two forces behind National Window Covering Safety Month. They give caregivers the information AND tools to check their homes for this major hazard and others like it.
National Window Covering Safety Month has been happening now for 19 years. Both the CPSC and WCSC advocate using only cordless window coverings OR other options with the same effect (like Graber’s motorized and retractable lifts)—anything that keep cords inaccessible to children and pets.
If you’re already in love with Graber blinds, shades, drapes…or any other custom option they offer, email me personally to see which Graber products come with each of the family-safe options above…
In the meantime, don’t place cribs, beds or furniture close to any windows with dangling cords. Keep safety in mind in your own home, but also keep it in mind when you visit elsewhere!