Do cords dangle from your windows as low as three feet from the floor?

As unlikely as it may seem, basic household items like dangling cords from windows can be life-threatening to young children and pets, presenting a strangulation risk.

Cordless window treatments are the safest option for children and pets. When custom-ordering window treatments, home owners can pair their favorite blind or shade with their preferred operating system.

For more information about your child-safe operating system options, read on! 

Hunter Douglas Duette® Honeycomb Shades. Style: Architella®. Fabric/Material: Whisper; Classic. Color: Evening Fog/London Sky. 

Cordless: Push & Pull

Cordless window treatments are the safest option for children and pets. 
Hunter Douglas’ cordless operating systems include:

Use your fingers to raise or lower the window covering.

Literise-hunter-douglas-child-safety-window-treatments-operating-system-jclichtHunter Douglas Parkland® Classics™ Wood Blinds with LiteRise®. 
Material: Basswood, Color: Prairie.


Raise and lower from the bottom rail. SimpleLift™ is a value priced alternative to the LiteRise® system. 

Simplelift-hunter-douglas-child-safety-window-treatments-operating-system-jclichtHunter Douglas Distinctions™ with SimpleLift™. Material: Alternative Wood, Color: Parchment.

Push and pull to open and close. Ideal for side-to-side openings such as sliding glass doors. 

Vertiglide-hunter-douglas-child-safety-window-treatments-operating-system-jclichtHunter Douglas Applause® Cellular Blind with Vertiglide™. Fabric/Material: Coastal, Color: Espresso.

PowerView® Motorization
Open and close window treatments on an automated schedule or on-command via phone, tablet, or Pebble® remote. This operating system is ideal for windows in hard-to-reach places and for home owners who love the idea of windows that close and open on their own.

Powerview-motorization-hunter-douglas-child-safety-window-treatments-operating-system-jclichtHunter Douglas PowerView® Motorization, Tablet App.

Cordless: Wand Control

Traveling Wand™
A sleek wand that controls all functions and replaces operating cords on some vertically oriented window coverings.

Traveling-wand-hunter-douglas-child-safety-window-treatments-operating-system-jclichtHunter Douglas Luminette® Privacy Sheers with Traveling Wand™.

TruView™ Rear Tilt Bar For Shutters
All Hunter Douglas shutters are cordless by design. They add beauty and style to any room.

Truview-hunter-douglas-child-safety-window-treatments-operating-system-jclichtHunter Douglas Palm Beach™ Shutters with TruView™ Rear Tilt Bar. Material: Polysatin™. Color: Bright White.


Duette® Ultraglide®
This click and walk away system uses a retractable wand to raise and lower shades. 

Duette-ultraglide-wand-hunter-douglas-child-safety-window-treatments-operating-system-jclicht Hunter Douglas Duette® Ultraglide® Wand. Duette® Honeycomb shades.


Cord Systems With Safety Features

Operating systems with cords can meet the most basic child and pet-safety standards so long as the cord is not free-hanging or low to the ground.

Hunter Douglas cords with safety features include:

Wand/Cord Combination
This combo function has both tilt and traverse functions built into one control that keeps cords taut and out of the reach of children.

Hunter Douglas Luminette® Privacy Sheers with Combination Wand Cord.

Cord Tensioner 
Designed with spring tension and a bracket, it holds looped cords tight to reduce the risk of child entanglement.

Tassel-cord-tensioner-hunter-douglas-child-safety-window-treatments-operating-system-jclichtHunter Douglas Chain Tassel and Cord Tensioner.


Do you want to make your current window treatments safer?

If you have older window fashions with cords you can order a free retrofit kit through The Window Covering Safety Council:

Phone: 1-800-506-4636
Email: [email protected]

General Safety Guidelines by The Window Covering Safety Council:
 Invest in cordless window treatment operating systems or add safety features to your cords. 
3. Move all cords out of sight and reach of young children by shortening or anchoring them to the wall. 

5. Position beds, cribs, playpens and toys on a different wall or away from windows with cords. 

The Window coverings industry uses warning tags and labels to communicate the potential hazards of corded window coverings.  Look for the Best for Kids™ certification label for the safest options.



Hunter Douglas strives to design products that are not only beautiful but also child and pet-safe. To learn more about child safe window treatment operating systems, click here to watch our video.

JCLicht’s window treatment specialists are available to help you choose the best Hunter Douglas window treatment and operating system for your needs, and they can answer any questions you have about the compatibility of your favorite options.

Safety is just one of 11 considerations we believe every home owner must make before buying window treatments. Click here to learn about the other 10 considerations we recommend.

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