SPECIAL REPORT: Window Covering Child Safety

Blind CordsI know that not  everyone  out  there has access to the same level of  information that I have as a professional installer.  Hopefully  I  can share  some of what I know and  help  you  keep  your  family  and  pets safe from what  has  been  described  as one of the top 5 hidden dangers in the home.

As  an  installer I show  my  clients the proper  way  to operate and maintain their window treatments.

Unfortunately  I  can’t  be  there every minute of every day to make  sure they are using  them  properly  and that they are teaching their children how to use them and live with them properly.

And let’s be  honest, if they  sell the house,  no one is going to make sure the new owners  have been shown the proper way to use the products (assuming the product is still in pristine working condition). So what’s a guy like me to do?

The only thing I know to do is to try to get the word out just one more time. I don’t have the resources or the readership of organizations like Parents For Window Blind Safety, the Window Covering Safety Council, or the U.S. Consumer Products Safety Commission, but I’m out there in the trenches, just like a bunch of other installers that I know.

And if we can share what we’ve learned and share some of the stories that come across our desks, maybe, just maybe, we can help our clients make smarter choices and also help the manufacturers make smarter (and safer) products.

So do me a favor. If you are reading this and you work in the window treatment industry, or you are a parent of small children, or you know someone who is a parent of small children – please share this post with them. Share it on your blog, share it on Twitter or on Facebook, send it to their email.

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES:

Parents For Window Blind Safety

Window Covering Safety Council

U.S. Consumer Products Safety Commission

Graber Blinds – Safety

Window Cord Safety Checklist from Parents.com

Royal Society For The Prevention Of Accidents

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James A. Holloway

James A. Holloway has been working in the window coverings industry since 2001 but it wasn't until 2009 that he took the leap and started his own installation business.

In 2011, he created the "Window Treatment Installers Network" a online forum for window treatment professionals.

In 2013 he began writing for window coverings blog called TraVerse.

And in 2014 he was recruited by the Custom Home Furnishings Academy to teach their Installation 101 Curriculum .
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