Safety is a concern for everyone, especially for people with young children. Sally Morse, the director of creative services for leading window treatment company, Hunter Douglas, offers the following tips to help make your home — and particularly your windows — safer for children:
• Use window guards on all windows above the first floor. Screens aren’t strong enough to stop a fall; they are meant to keep insects out, not to keep children in. Look for quick-release features for easy emergency exits.
• If it’s necessary to keep windows open for ventilation, install locks that limit the size of the opening.
• For sliding glass doors, apply bright stickers at a child’s eye level to alert him or her to the presence of glass.
• Keep all furniture and cribs away from windows.
AND FOR YOUR WINDOW COVERINGS:
Be sure to ask about cordless options which are ideal for homes with young children. Morse adds that Hunter Douglas has cordless operating systems available on all of its product lines, the widest variety of any manufacturer.
“The company also has an array of products that make the window covering cords inaccessible and unable to form a OTG | FEATUREhazardous loop,” she points out. “These include the UltraGlide single retractable cord operating system.”
Additional window covering information can be found at hunterdouglas.ca, including the brochure Child Safety At The Window.