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Safety instructions for the cords and pulls on your window treatments

Are the cords and pulls on your window treatments safe for small children? Are you sure? In December 2009, the Consumer Products Safety Commission and the Window Covering Safety Council announced a “voluntary corrective action plan” to repair Roman Shades and Roll-Up Blinds to prevent the risk of strangulation to young children. Just last month, Consumer Reports posted on their Safety blog, a toddler died in this tragic manner. Also, you know that I am a big fan of pinch pleat draperies — but be aware that standard traverse rod kits may come with “looped” draw cords that can also pose strangulation to children (and pets, too). If you have any window coverings of any sort that include a cord or pull, please take the time to familiarize yourself with the issue and to follow the retrofit (“make ’em safer”) instructions for a variety of window treatments on the website hosted by the Window Covering Safety Council. Some of the retrofit fixes look easy. Some are more complicated — but take the time, make the fix, be safe. In fact, you’re likely spring cleaning tomorrow morning or this weekend — put this first on your list to check!

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