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October, Window Safety Month

Graber Roman Shades with Cordless Lift

October is Window Safety Month, a time when the window coverings industry particularly highlights the importance of hazard-free window treatments. Cords on blinds and shades can cause strangulation for children and pets. The dangers posed by corded window treatments may not seem obvious or be the first thing on the minds of parents when childproofing, but according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, corded window coverings are one of the top five hidden hazards in American homes. Infants and children can become entangled in these cords, which can result in potentially fatal accidents.

As you may have guessed by now, Graber is our go-to brand for blinds, shades, and shutters excellence. With accident prevention in mind, the Graber product lines include elements designed to enhance their safety features. These include:

  • Tension pulleys and tie-downs for continuous loop products

  • Breakaway tassels on lift cords that separate to prevent entanglements in cord loops

  • Cord stops for horizontal blinds mechanisms that prevent internal cords from slipping

  • The ultimate safety feature - eliminating the cord all together with cordless or motorized lift options

Thanks to their design emphasis on cord safety, Graber's cordless and motorized lifts are certified Best for Kids by the Window Covering Manufacturers Association.

Additional Safety Guidelines

Recommended by the Window Covering Safety Council, these are additional precautions and updates urged for parents and caregivers.

  • Install only cordless window coverings in children's bedrooms and other sleeping areas.

  • Blinds, shades and draperies manufactured before 2001 should be replaced with products that meet the current safety requirements.

  • If one cannot replace window coverings that pre-date 2001, retrofit cord kits are available from

  • Move cribs, beds, and toys away from windows with corded coverings.

  • Cords for horizontal blinds should be locked in place whenever the blinds are lowered.

The bottom line is children and cords can be a dangerous and potentially life-threatening combination. We encourage everyone to exercise caution and childproof your window coverings, whether that is with brand new window treatments, or retrofitting safety mechanisms.


In fitting with this month's safety focus, we have several Graber specials extending through December to share with our clients for both of Graber's top safety features. It's never been easier to protect against hazards in the home.

20% Off Motorized Lifts

Save 20% on the Virtual Cord motor package or the Somfy RTS motor, power, and control options.

Valid October 1 - December 31, 2017

Free Cordless Lift

Upgrade orders of Graber Cellular, Pleated, Perfect-Vue and Classic Roman Shades (Fresco) to a cordless lift system at no extra charge.

Valid October 1 - December 31, 2017


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