The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) estimates that from 1996 to 2012, children received treatment for 1,590 injuries from being entangled in window treatment cords–and that’s not counting the 49% of strangulations and death that go unreported.
It’s of the utmost importance to always keep your young children safe because we all know that toddlers will explore anything they can get their hands on and often are injured or worse.
Choosing child-safe window coverings is a great way to ensure their safety, and it also gives your home an upgrade as well. Cordless designs are widely available on the market now in many different types and styles from which to choose.
Ideas for Child-Safe Window Coverings
The old-fashioned window coverings have dangling cords that are long and easy for kids to access. They can easily put them around their neck just to explore the item and end up being hurt within just a few seconds of taking your eyes off them. It’s best to replace all your window treatments if they were installed before 2016 to ensure safe and functional window treatment products.
Several window coverings are cordless systems. In cordless shades, you can choose from a huge variety, such as honeycomb shades for energy efficiency, horizontal sheer shades for windows that don’t get a lot of heat and sun, affordable and highly customizable roller shades, and cordless vertical shades.
Cordless shades operate very easily, you simply grasp the bottom rail on them in the center and gently raise them up to the height you want. To lower them, you grasp the bottom rail and gently pull them down.
Child Safe Cords
Continuous cord loops for controlling window treatments are made of either cloth or a chain that is always the same length, and they are kept tight by a tension device. These are actually designed for child safety. You pull one side of the cord to open window treatments and the other side to close them. It’s actually a great idea to have larger and heavier window treatments to make them easier to open and close.
Motorized Window Coverings
Motorized window coverings are the ultimate in child safety designs. You can press a button to open and close them, or you can program them to adjust on a pre-set schedule for convenience and safety measures. This type of window treatment also is very energy efficient when it’s programmed to close in the warmest parts of the day to keep the heat, sun, and UV rays from entering windows. You can also keep the cold winter weather at bay when your motorized window coverings are automatically closed. It’s child safety for your home that you don’t even have to think about.
Recommended Child-Safe Window Coverings
Several child-safe window coverings are recommended, and you don’t need to sacrifice style or beauty to be safe. They are at different price points, and they give you other great benefits as well.
Cordless Cellular Shades
Cellular shades are very energy-efficient window coverings for your home. They are easy to use and come in a wide variety of different styles without cords for little hands to find. You lift them and lower them by the bottom rail to any height you wish, and there are many different fabrics and colors from which to choose that can be light filtering to room darkening and anywhere in between.
Cordless Roller Shades
Cordless roller shades also operate by the bottom rail. Roller shades, as a whole, are very affordable and extremely customizable. They match any decor and come in literally thousands of different fabrics with different weights, colors, textures, patterns, and themes to match any decor you may have in your home.
Interior plantation shutters are absolutely stunning, and they have no cords on them at all. You get great lighting control because you can tilt the slats to let some filtered light inside your home, or you can close them entirely for great privacy and energy efficiency. These window treatments work really well in windows that you want to have a perfect view to the outside because they swing open and don’t block any of your views from inside. Choose any color or paint or stain that you love to match your color scheme.
Motorized Blinds & Shades
Motorized window treatments have no cords either. YOu have a huge selection of products in blinds and shades from which to choose. Some of your options include sheer shades for filtered lighting in windows that don’t get a lot of sunlight, beautiful custom drapes, energy-efficient cellular shades, and luxurious Roman shades. Choose from many different fabric colors, styles, and patterns to match your decor seamlessly.
At Shaded Window Coverings our expert family-owned and operated team members have over a decade of experience in beautifying homes with child-safe window blinds in Missoula. We offer you the largest selection of products with the highest quality at affordable prices to be able to offer you many options and stay within your budget. Call us today for a FREE in-home consultation for your window treatments in Missoula, so we can help you child-proof your home, and make it highly functional and beautiful all at the same time. Contact us to see what exciting and modern products we can create for you!