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September Is Baby Safety Month

28 Aug

This blog will look a little different this week. We want everyone to be aware that September is Baby Safety Month. It is a good way to showcase our child safety products.

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The Basics

  • Ideally, the best time to babyproof is early in your pregnancy before you register so you can include needed safety items on your registry list.
  • The best way to babyproof? Get down on your hands and knees and think like a baby! This is a great activity for both mom and dad since males and females tend to look and inspect different aspects of the home and safety measures in general.
  • Take care of all the obvious hazards such as exposed electrical sockets and blind cords, but be on the lookout for those not-so-obvious items like empty dishwashers, hanging tablecloths that can be easily pulled down, and poisonous plants.
  • Babies at any age are curious and want to touch, feel, lick, smell, and listen to everything and anything they can get their little hands on. Your job is to make him or her part of your home as much as possible. After all, this new addition is not a temporary guest and should be able to safely explore every room in your home.
  • Consider child-proofing an ongoing process.  Monitor your child’s growth and development and always try to stay one step ahead. For example, don’t wait until your baby starts crawling to put up stairway gates. Install them in advance so the entire family gets used to them and baby doesn’t associate his new found milestone with barriers.
  • If you are preparing for baby #2 or #3, don’t underestimate your “seasoned” approach to babyproofing from the first time around. In fact, having an older sibling creates additional hazards you should be aware of like small parts from toys and your toddlers ability to open doors, potty lids, and cabinets now.
  • Safest Option – Keep in mind that new products meeting current safety standards are the safest option.
  • Second-Hand Products – It is recommended secondhand products should not be used for baby. However, if it is necessary to use older products, make sure all parts are available, the product is fully functional, not broken, and has not been recalled.
  • Register your products- Through product registration, parents can establish a direct line of communication with the manufacturer should a problem arise with a product purchased. This information is NOT used for marketing purposes.

Top Hidden Hazards- Play our hidden hazards game!

  • Magnets – Small magnets can be easily swallowed by children. Once inside the body, they can attract to each other and cause significant internal damage. Keep magnets out of your child’s reach. If you fear your child has swallowed magnets, seek medical attention immediately.
  • Loose Change- Change floating around in pockets or purses may wind up on tables around the house, where curious children may be attracted to the shiny coins and ingest them. A great way to ensure this doesn’t happen is to assign a tray or jar for loose change and keep it out of a child’s reach.
  • Tipovers – Tipovers are a leading cause of injury to children and the best way to avoid them is to make sure all furniture and televisions are secured to the wall.
  • Pot Handle Sticking Out from Stove – When cooking, it is best that pot handles turn inward instead of sticking out from the stove where little ones may reach up and grab the hot handle. In addition, if holding a child while cooking, remember to keep the handles out of the child’s reach.
  • Loose Rugs or Carpet -Area rugs or carpet that is not secured to the floor causes a tripping hazard for little ones who may already be unstable on their feet. Make sure that all corners are taped down and bumps are smoothed out.
  • Detergent Pods -It is estimated that thousands of children have been exposed to and injured by detergent pods. Easily mistaken by children as candy, these pods pose a risk to the eyes and, if ingested, to their lives. It is important to keep these items out of reach of children.
  • Hot Mugs -A relaxing cup of coffee or tea can quickly turn into an emergency if hot mugs are left unattended or are placed to near the edge of tables where little hands can grab them.
  • Cords- Cords can pose strangulation hazards to children, whether they are connected to blinds, home gym equipment or baby monitors. It’s important to keep cords tied up and out of reach of children. In addition, remember to keep cribs away from cords that the child may reach while inside the crib.
  • Button Batteries -Button batteries are flat, round batteries that resemble coins or buttons. They are found in common household items such as flashlights, remotes or flameless candles.
  • Recalled Products -Make sure you’re aware if a product you own has been recalled. In addition, check that any second-hand products you own have not been recalled. The best ways to ensure your products are safe is to fill out your product registration card as well as check for recalls at www.recalls.gov.

 

How to Choose and Use Products

  • Choose a carriage or stroller that has a base wide enough to prevent tipping, even when your baby leans over the side.
  • Use the basket underneath and don’t hang purses or shopping bags over the handles because it may cause the stroller to tip.
  • Choose a baby carrier or sling made of a durable, washable fabric with sturdy, adjustable straps.
  • Use a carrier or sling only when walking with your baby, never running or bicycling.
  • Choose a swing with strong posts, legs, and a wide stance to prevent tipping.
  • Never place your swing or bouncer on an elevated surface such as sofas, beds, tables or counter tops.
  • When choose a changing table, before leaving home, measure the length and width of the changing area available on the dresser and compare to the requirements for the add-on unit before purchasing. Check for attachment requirements.
  • When changing baby, always keep one hand on baby and use restraints.
  • It is vital the car seat/booster is appropriate for a child’s age, weight, and height.
  • Always follow the manufacturer’s instructions for both the vehicle and the seat.
  • Choose a crib mattress that fits snugly with no more than two fingers width, one-inch, between the edge of the mattress and the crib side.
  • Never place the crib near windows, draperies, blinds, or wall-mounted decorative accessories with long cords.
  • Choose the right gate for your needs. Before leaving home, measure the opening size at the location the gate will be used.
  • Gates with expanding pressure bars should be installed with the adjustment bar or lock side away from the baby.
  • Use waist and crotch strap every time you place a child in the high chair to prevent falls from standing up or sliding out.
  • Buy JPMA Certified products whenever possible for peace of mind that the product meets the strictest requirements in today’s marketplace.

Delux Drapery can help with safe window treatments for any nursery or toddler windows. Hunter Douglas has the best child safety mechanisms on the market. Come and see for yourself in our showroom at 2215 W Stadium Blvd, Ann Arbor, MI 48103.

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Operating Systems for Custom Hunter Douglas Blinds

16 Jan

Operating Systems for Custom Blinds

With the number of styles and materials available, you are sure to find blinds to fit every window or glass door in your home. To take advantage of the flexibility of light control and privacy that comes with custom horizontal or vertical blinds, select the operating system that is best for you.

Operating Systems for Vertical Blinds

Chain and cord – This is the standard operating system for custom vertical blinds from Hunter Douglas. The cord opens and closes the entire blind and the chain rotates the vanes up to 180 degrees.combination-wand-cord-video-thumb

Wands – There are two different systems that use wands to control vertical blinds. PermaTilt® has a cord within a wand, keeping the cord out of reach for small wand-control-video-thumbchildren. The cord is used to open and close the blind and the wand rotates the vanes. The PermAssure® wand both opens and closes and rotates the vanes, eliminating the need for cords or chains completely.

powerview-motorization-video-card-card_0Motorized – Motorized vertical blinds may seem like an unnecessary luxury or gimmick, but they are actually very practical. PowerView motorization allows you to program a remote, mobile device, or whole house automation system to adjust your blinds at the touch of a button, or even according to a set schedule. This can increase the energy-efficiency and safety of your home and make it possible to adjust window treatments that are otherwise out of reach.

Operating Systems for Custom Horizontal Blinds

Cords – As with vertical blinds, cords are the standard operating system for horizontal blinds as well. One set of cords is used to raise and lower the blinds and other is used to tilt the slats. If long cords are a concern, cord cleats can be installed to hold cords neatly and keep them out of reach.

UltraGlide® – This system eliminates extra-long cords that can become tangled with a retractable cord that stays the same length, regardless of how your custom blind is positioned.

literise-video-thumbCordless – If you prefer no cords at all, LiteRise® and SimpleLift® are completely cordless. The horizontal blind is raised and lowered by pulling or pushing on the bottom of the blind.

Motorized – There are a couple motorized operating systems that allow you to adjust your horizontal blinds without leaving your seat. Just as its name implies, PowerTilt® gives you the power to tilt the slats on your custom blinds with a remote control. If you want complete control at your fingertips, PowerView technology lets you set different window treatment settings throughout the day and adjust numerous blinds at the same time with a remote or mobile device.

For three generations, Delux Drapery & Shade Co. has been helping satisfied customers create custom window fashions for their homes with in-home consultations, precise window measuring, thousands of choices, and professional installation. We are located in Ann Arbor, Michigan and service Ypsilanti, Saline, Chelsea, Dexter, Manchester, Howell, Brighton, all of Washtenaw County, and all surrounding communities.

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