Window Covering Safety Month

Make sure your window coverings don't pose a hazard to your loved ones.

October is Window Covering Safety Month.

Did you know that something like window coverings – something we see as a beautiful accent in our homes – can be dangerous to children and infants? 

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is urging parents and caregivers during October to check all window coverings for exposed or dangling cords, which pose a strangulation hazard to infants and young children.

"Every year, cords from window coverings kill children," said CPSC Chairman Elliot F. Kaye. "Parents should go cordless if they can. This is a true hidden hazard to parents and children. Until the more hazardous options are removed from the marketplace, going cordless is the safest approach to use in places where young children are present."

CPSC encourages parents and caregivers to follow these window cord precautions:

  • The best option is to install only cordless window coverings in homes with young children.
  • If you choose to have corded window coverings in your house, follow these steps to lower the strangulation risk to your child:
    • Keep all window covering cords well out of the reach of children, at all times.
    • Move and keep all furniture, cribs, beds and climbable surfaces away from windows.
    • Make sure pull cords are adjusted to be as short as possible.
    • Continuous-loop pull cords on draperies, roller shades, and vertical blinds must be pulled tight and anchored to the floor or wall with a tension device.
    • Be sure "cord stops," a washer-like device used to prevent a dangerous cord loop from being pulled out of an inner cord, are installed properly.  Cord stops should be adjusted to limit movement on inner cords of blinds and shades.*

Window Fashions of Texas understands the need for making window treatments safe for children and infants.  We have two systems that address this need.

The first is called UltraGlide®.  This system features a unique, retractable cord—letting you raise and lower your window treatments without unsightly, dangling external cords.  It is available with a variety of window treatments from shades to blinds.

The other is our LiteRise®​ cordless system. It lets you simply push up with your hand to raise and pull down to lower. And it is also available with a wide variety of window coverings.

A customer favorite is the Vignette Modern Roman Shade. We took the look of the classic “drapery” style window covering of Roman Shades and updated them for a more modern look. The result is beautiful and functional that is also child safe – the cords are neatly enclosed and hidden away inside the lining. They roll, stack and traverse with no exposed rear cords for enhanced child safety.

The Vignette Modern Roman Shade from Austin Window Fashions is available in 15 fabrics and 102 fabric and color combinations, one of which is sure to be just the right look for your home. They come in semi-sheer, translucent and room-darkening fabrics to help you create a warm, inviting look.

Now you don’t have to sacrifice beauty for safety. Come to the Window Fashions of Texas showroom and speak to one of our knowledgeable design consultants to discover the look that is right for you and safe for your family.