Topping the morning’s headlines is a recall on Roman and Roll-up Shades in homes where children are present. The strings for these shades can cause strangulation or near strangulation in small children.
Since the emergence of this danger to children came out a few years ago, Sunshine Drapery & Interior Design has placed priority focus on ensuring that cords are secured out of the reach of children and to select vendors that have moved to break-away blind systems. If you have small children in the home, please be cautious about the type of window treatments you use, and do not use horizontal blinds in a child’s room. There are a number of alternative options that provide the same function and available at a range of prices.
If, however, you installed your shades yourself or notice that there are loose cords on Roman or Roll-up Shades previously installed in your home, here are some tips from the Window Covering Safety Council:
To help prevent child strangulation in window coverings, CPSC and the WCSC urge parents and caregivers to follow these guidelines:
- Examine all shades and blinds in the home. Make sure there are no accessible cords on the front, side or back of the product. CPSC and the WCSC recommend the use of cordless window coverings in all homes where children live or visit.
- Do not place cribs, beds or furniture close to the windows, because children can climb on them and gain access to the cords.
- Make loose cords inaccessible.
- If the window shade has looped bead chains or nylon cords, install tension devices to keep the cord taut.
To receive a free repair kit, visit www.windowcoverings.org or by call (800) 506-4636 anytime.
For more information, call Sunshine Drapery today at 314.569.2980.