The truth is many homeowners do not really put in a lot of child-friendly considerations when it comes to choosing a window covering. If you have a baby or young active children in your home and if you would rather opt for child safe window covering options then install plantation shutters.
There are no cords, tapes or strings which children can accidentally get tangled in and result in strangulation
There are no adjustable rods or wands that they can pull on which may bring down the entire window covering causing injury
Le Louvre’s shutters allow total light control by easily adjusting the louvres and it is physically impossible for a child to fit into the space between each louver of the shutter
Le Louvres’s shutters are supplied in frames meaning the entire window is covered, therefore offering a degree of security (keeping your little ones in and intruders out) and controlling heat and light
Parents for Window Blind Safety (PFWBS)
A 1997 study, published in the JAMA estimated that 359 children were strangled by window covering cords from 1981 to 1995, which was an average of approximately one child strangled every two weeks. The study went on to reveal that an estimated 49 percent of cases with children strangling in window cords go unreported. Deaths of children three and younger account for over 90 percent of the window covering related deaths, making nursery’s and homes with small children particularly vulnerable locations for similar tragedies.
Linda Kaiser, Founder and Executive Director of Parents for Window Blind Safety (PFWBS) “We have indentified eight different ways a small child can strangle in a window covering cord, But the most common method is older children reaching pull cords that are tied up out of their reach – a hazard that manufacturers don’t tell you about on window coverings they are manufacturing today. Another strangulation danger is from the inner cord – the cord that is attached to each louver. We feel that awareness, education, and the willingness to replace dangerous blinds with safer alternatives such as interior shutters are the only way to reduce the prevalence of these tragic situations.”
Stephen Wassenaar, Director of Le Louvre, “There’s one simple rule to follow children and cords don’t mix, parents need to be aware that any cord can pose a danger, even if they are tied up and secured to a wall.”
For more information on the dangers of corded window coverings visit: http://www.pfwbs.org
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