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7 Tips for a Safer Home
Posted on March 3, 2010
Recent news about recalled window coverings has many homeowners assessing their window treatments.
“While nothing can replace the careful watch of a loving parent or caregiver, we encourage parents of infants and toddlers to opt for cordless or motorized treatments to eliminate the hazards posed by dangling window cords,” said Linda Allen, owner of Budget Blinds serving Rancho Bernardo, Poway, Carmel Mountain Ranch, Sabre Springs, and Rancho Penasquitos.
Corded window treatments can pose entanglement and strangulation hazards to small children and pets. Budget Blinds encourages new parents to replace window treatments featuring looped cords or treatments manufactured before 2001 with cordless or motorized options to minimize hazards.
“Window treatments manufactured after 2001 have updated safety features like breakaway tassels and inner cord stops,” said Linda Allen.
Recently, Budget Blinds introduced a new continuous cord tensioner on its Signature Series® cellular shades, pleated shades and Roman shades. Signature Series by Budget Blinds® is the company’s private label line and is available exclusively through Budget Blinds.
“The new tensioner on our Signature Series® shades must be installed properly if the window shade is to operate,” said Linda Allen. “If the cords aren’t secured in the tensioner, the shade won’t work.”
7 Tips for a Safer Home
1. Keep all cords out of reach from small children and pets.
2. Replace window treatments purchased before 2001.
3. If you move to a new home, consult a professional to make sure that the window treatments have
4. Secure all pull cords out of reach by using a permanent cord cleat.
5. Retrofit kits are available to enhance the safety of looped pull cord window treatments.
6. Place cribs and other low-standing furniture away from windows.
7. Install window guards. Don’t rely on screens designed to keep bugs out to keep children and
Linda Allen is the owner of Budget Blinds serving Rancho Bernardo, Poway, Carmel Mountain Ranch, Sabre Springs, and Rancho Penasquitos.