October is National Windows Covering Safety Month
In 2003 the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and the Window Covering Safety Council (WCSC) joined forces to raise awareness of the risks presented by window covering cords and chains. As a result of their efforts, the month of October was designated as National Window Covering Safety Month.
According to the CPSC, window covering cords are one of the top five hidden hazards in the home. This is a very concerning realization and one that has often been overlooked. What to many are viewed as seemingly harmless products may become a strangulation hazard when window cords are accessible to small children. As professionals in the window covering industry, we are dedicated to educating consumers about the potential risk of window blind and shade cords in the home.
Although it is a year round job, we do encourage you to join us and others in the industry the rest of this month to promote window covering safety.
HOW TO OBSERVE - A NOTE FROM ITC
Make sure you have safe window coverings. If at all possible, try to use only cordless window coverings if you have babies or young children. If you do have cords on your window coverings, keep this advice in mind:
Move all cribs, beds, toys, and furniture away from these cords (to another wall or to the center of the room).
Continuous-loop cords on draperies or blinds should be anchored to the floor.
Make sure cord stops are properly installed and adjusted to limit the movement of the cords.
Make sure all tasseled cords are pulled as short as possible.
Please take a moment to review this month's latest news from Hunter Douglas below and note the following key dates to be aware of:
National Window Covering Safety Month - Through October 31
The Link Live Demos - Reporting: October 27, HDIS: October 28. Click here to register.
NewStyle® Hybrid Shutters w/ HiddenTilt™ & SoftClose™ Louvers Custom Display Offer - Ends October 31. Click here for order form.
Smart Shades Savings Event - Postmark Deadline extended to November 16.
Previous PowerView® Customizable Video Discontinued - November 30. More details below.
Season of Style Savings Event - Through December 7. Click here for more information and to access the promotion overview
Design Trade Program Fall Savings Offer - Ends December 31. Click here for more details.