Window Coverings and Their Child-Safe Features

Keeping your pets and children safe is a top priority. When it comes to window coverings, are you aware of the child-safe features? And are you utilizing them? October is safety awareness. At school your kids may be practicing fire safety and tornado drills, but what about at home? Let’s take a look at different options that can keep your loved ones out of harm’s way.

Pesky Cords

Dangling cords, and the dangers they produce, are incredibly scary. As a result, they were banned by the US Consumer Safety Commission  in 2018. Hunter Douglas, however, is ahead of their time, making child-safe features a priority for quite some time.

dangling window blind cords
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It’s Best to Start Now

Many families try to “baby proof” their homes, but it’s important knowing that older, more active children pose a large threat to cords. They are moving around more (and much, much faster) and can get tangled in a blink of an eye.

child bedroom with large window
Applause® Honeycomb Shades

Types of Cordless Options

The two types of cordless options are Manual and Motorized.

Manual Operation: With your hand, window shades and blinds can adjust up or down.

Hunter Douglas top down bottom up roman shades Houston TX
Solera® Soft Roman Shades with LiteRise®

Motorized Operation: Automated and simple touch controls

  • Smart shades move with remote, smart phone, voice control, tablet & integration with smart home
  • A remote control can adjust the motorized window treatments
  • SoftTouch requires a gentle nudge on the wand located directly at the window
ipad to control smart blinds Houston TX
Everwood® Alternative Blinds adjusted with iPad control


Safe Cords

No, that is not an oxymoron. There ARE safe cords. Sometimes a room’s layout or lifestyle requires cord and there are safe options

  • Wand control
  • Continuous cord loops (fastened securely in place)
  • Short, retractable cords 
Continuous cord loop is a safe way to still have corded blinds with kids.
Pirouette® Shades with Cord Safety: Continuous Cord Loop


Ready to Add Child-Safe Features?

There is no better time than the present to make sure your family is safe. We’d love to help you get started today because to us, you’re family. Contact us today for a free design consultation.