Archives for September 2016

Window Coverings safety month

October is National Window Coverings Safety Month. The October window-cord awareness campaign is sponsored every year by the Window Coverings Safety Council (WCSC) and the US Consumer Products Safety Commission (CPSC).


Both organizations recommend that only cordless window coverings or those with inaccessible cords be used in homes with young children. Infants and children are injured or die each year from window cords. Some of these incidents involve older blinds that are still hanging in windows.


If you have infants and young children, I urge you to follow these basic cord-safety precautions:


  • Move all furniture, cribs, beds and climbable surfaces away from windows.


  • Keep all window cords well out of the reach of children.


  • Install only cordless window coverings in homes with young children.


  • Make sure tasseled pull cords are as short as possible. Continuous-loop pull cords on draperies and vertical blinds should be pulled tight and anchored to the floor or wall.


  • Be sure cord stops are properly installed and adjusted to limit inner-cord movement.


There are many cordless shade and blind options available as well as remote-controlled shades, and we can look at your particular situation and choose the best option for you.


Here is a recent project I completed for a client with a two-year old – new cordless roman shades and a decorative flat valance to coordinate with her new paint color in her family room. At least the parents and I can sleep at night knowing that their son won’t get entangled in any cords.