Window Treatments for Homes with Little Ones

Window Treatments for Homes with Little Ones

December 22, 2021 By Christine Bucks

 

Window treatments that have operating cords (cords that you use to raise and lower the window treatment) may seem harmless. But according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, they’re one of the top five hidden hazards in American homes. That’s because those operating cords—especially long, dangling cords—can present a strangulation hazard to infants and young children.

 

Making window treatments that are safer for homes with infants and young children has long been a top priority for Hunter Douglas. We urge you to use only window treatments with cordless operating systems or inaccessible cords if you have infants or young children in your home.

 

To help keep your little ones safer—and afford you peace of mind—please consider the following options.

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Piroutte Window Shadings with PowerView Automation, in Shantung Fabric  Color: Ballet

PowerView® Automation

 

Automated window treatments are inherently free of operating cords. And with PowerView® Automation, you can adjust them with the press of a button, tap on your mobile device or with your voice (when integrated with another smart home system).

 

You can even schedule shades with PowerView Automation to move automatically at certain times of the day. (For example, you could schedule them to automatically close during the afternoon, for your toddler's naptime.)

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Applause® Honeycomb Shades with the LiteRise® System, in Kinship™ Fabric  Color: Beach Glass

LiteRise® System

 

With the LiteRise® system, simply push the shade or blind up to raise it or pull down to lower it—no operating cords required. This feature is available on a variety of styles, giving you lots of choices when it comes to a design aesthetic.

Designer Banded Shades in Dobby Coconut Milk
Designer Banded Shades with SoftTouch® Motorization, in Dobby Fabric  Color: Coconut Milk

SoftTouch® Motorization

 

SoftTouch® Motorization, which is battery powered, allows you to raise and lower shades with a wand. Gently pull down on the wand to lower shades and push up on the wand to raise them. Operation is intuitive and easy with our unique “click and walk away” feature.

NewStyle in Hybrid Polar White
NewStyle® Hybrid Shutters in Polar White

Shutters

 

Shutters are completely cord-free, and are a classic solution for any room in a home. Our shutters are available in real hardwood, as well as vinyl and composite.  

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Pirouette Window Shadings with the UltraGlide® System, in Satin Metallic Fabric   Color: Copper

Other Solutions

 

Our UltraGlide® system features a retractable wand or cord (depending on your product choice) to raise or lower your shade, eliminating long, dangling, operating cords. The wand or cord always remains a constant length when raising and lowering your window treatments. When you’re not using it, it retracts fully or to a minimal length.

 

We also offer a cord tensioner, which is designed to work specifically with products that have a continuous cord loop operating system. When properly installed, the tensioner holds looped cords taut, so the loop doesn’t become a hazard. (If the tensioner isn’t installed properly, the window treatment won’t function properly.)

 

Retrofit Kits

 

While the safest solution for infants and young children is to replace window treatments that have operating cords, you can reduce cord access on certain older products by ordering free retrofit kits from the Window Covering Safety Council.

 

You can order the kits here.