Child-Safe Window Treatments in Tewkesbury: A Parent’s Guide
As parents, you will naturally strive to create a safe, nurturing environment for your children. You will probably have bought gadgets to stop doors and drawers from slamming shut on little fingers and installed stair gates. But one often-overlooked aspect of childproofing a home can be choosing the right window treatments. While curtains, blinds, and shutters can significantly enhance a room’s aesthetics, it’s crucial to consider their safety implications, especially in children’s rooms. This article examines the different types of child-safe window treatments.
Understanding the Risks
As you are probably aware, there have been unfortunate instances over the years, where children have been harmed due to unsafe window treatments. The cords used in many blinds and curtains can pose a serious strangulation hazard. Recognising this, the British Blind and Shutter Association (BBSA) of which we are members, has been actively campaigning for safer window treatment options in homes with young children. To learn more about their campaign follow the link at the bottom of this article. Did you know that blinds installed before February 2014 may have cords or chains that operate the blind which could pose a serious hazard to babies and young children if they can gain access to the blind? Child Safety is of utmost importance to us all at Laskeys. All of our blinds have Child Safety Mechanisms and comply with Child Safety Regulations.
The safest option for child-safe homes is cordless window treatments. These come in a variety of styles, so you won’t need to compromise safety for aesthetics.
Safe Blinds for Children
Roller blinds are both practical and safe for a child’s room. They can operate without cords, and also be motorised and supplied with a remote control.
Shutters are becoming an increasingly popular choice, particularly in homes where there are young children. Their cordless design makes them a child-safe option, and they allow excellent control over light and privacy. They’re also robust, making them a durable choice against the occasional rough and tumble-play of children.
Healthy and Safe Environment
Durability is a key consideration when selecting window treatments for a child’s room. Easy-to-clean wood for blinds and shutters is ideal. They stand up to daily wear and tear and help maintain a cleaner, healthier environment for your children.
Make Safe Design Choices
We advise selecting window treatments that are free from small, detachable parts that could pose a choking hazard. Additionally, ensure all window treatments are securely installed to prevent them from being pulled down by curious little hands.
Educate Children on Safe Use
While installing the right window treatments is a crucial step, educating older children on their safe use is also important. Older children can play a part in keeping their younger siblings safe so discuss the risks of playing with blinds and curtains with them.
Window treatments in a child’s room need careful consideration, Laskeys take this very seriously and our safety standards are paramount. A blind which is safe by design is either cordless or has tensioned cords. These can include spring-operated blinds, blinds which can be pushed or pulled into position, motorised blinds, wand-operated blinds or styles that can be lowered or titled by hand.
By choosing cordless options, durable materials, and safe designs, you can create a more secure environment. Safety should always be at the forefront when choosing window treatments for your home.
If you’re looking to update your window treatments and need advice on child-safe options, we’re here to help. Ready to ensure the safety and style of your home with child-friendly window treatments? We can work with you to create a safe and beautiful space for your children. Visit Laskeys in Tewkesbury, Gloucestershire, for a personalised consultation. Explore our range of safe, stylish blinds and shutters designed with your family in mind. Don’t wait – transform your space into a safe haven for your children today. Contact us or drop in to our showroom at 76 Barton Street, GL20 5PY, to get started! We are open on Saturdays from 10.00 am – 4.30 pm
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