Although this is only September, I am thinking ahead to October and child safety awareness month. Actually every month should be child safety awareness month. Babies and children are naturally curious and cords within their reach can pose a dangerous hazard. Making our home safer for our children, our grandchildren, our guest’s children and our pets should be a top priority for us in our homes or places of work.
Prevention begins with awareness. And there are so many wonderful options to keep cords out of the reach of children.
Hunter Douglas says that 40% of their sales is in motorization. Shades are operated by a remote control or through an app on your smart phone. The remote control allows you to operate the shade from anywhere in the room without getting up and certainly has no unsightly cords. The app is the best part. You can operate your shades from anywhere in the world. But even better, you can put your shades on a schedule. Up at sunrise, down at sunset. Up on the shady side of the house, down on the sunny side. Or any position in between! Certainly motorization helps with windows that are hard to reach or if you have a health challenge and cannot easily get to the windows.
Hunter Douglas developed a simple, cordless wand operated with a battery-powered system that is motorization without a separate remote. They call it Soft Touch motorization. Just walk up to the window, push the operational wand up or down and the shade moves effortlessly.
Most of these motorization options are battery run. In the headrail of the shade is a battery pack that contains 12 AA batteries. These are very easy to buy and install. If your shades are really big, you may need to hard wire them.
An easy and a very convenient option is a cordless operating system. When the shade is raised there are no cords hanging down on the sides. Just put your hand under the bottom rail and lift up. The only catch is that you need to be able to reach the windows. Because these only go up as high as you can push them up, you may need to consider other options.
If you have furniture in front of your windows or if you have really tall windows and you are not as tall, the Hunter Douglas Ultraglide feature is an option. This is a retractable pull wand that stays at a consistent and convenient length. Pump to raise the shade, release and the shade self-lowers.
A heavy duty stainless steel continuous chain is still an option for some shades. This is perfect for large shade applications. The continuous cord or chain is secured at the bottom with a cord tensioner for ease of use and safety.
There are many wonderful options available to keep your kids and pets safe. Find the one that best fits you!