Why Kid Safe Window Coverings Matter – The Facts

Window Coverings can be a beautiful but deadly addition to your home if you do not install the proper ones. Children are susceptible to injuries and even deaths by cords from some window coverings. Kid safe window coverings come in a variety of beautiful fashions that pose no risk to your family.

Parentsforwindowblindsafety.org has an extensive database of all reports injuries and deaths to the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission dating back to 1972.  The information on this page is for reporters, government officials, attorneys and anyone else interested in window covering safety.  We will add to this page so please keep it bookmarked for updates.

FAQ submitted by PFWBS

How many children have been killed or injured by cords from window coverings?

  • 554

    Window Coverings can kill, protect your family but selecting cordless.

    Kids and Cords: A Deadly Combo

What does it mean when window covering boxes say “child safe” on them?

  • This means the product complies with the WCMA/ANSI standard.

If a product complies with the WCMA/ANSI safety standard does that mean its
safe?

  • NO! This safety standard is developed and written by the manufactures. Long operational or pull cords, accessible inner cords and faulty tension devices all comply with the most current 2012 WCMA/ANSI safety standard.

How safe are the safety kits passed out by the Window Coverings Safety Council?

How can I tell if a window covering is safe for children?

  • If the window covering has no accessible cords, front and back, it is safe.  Please see our safe products page for products that have been tested for safety.

For more information visit on how to replace your old corded window coverings please visit http://danmer.com/buy/kidsafe.php

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Introducing the Shutter Shopper App!

Custom Shutters

Custom Shutter App for android or apple.

The Shutter Shopper app is a revolutionary app brought to you by Danmer Custom Shutters for your Apple or Android device! The Shutter Shopper app lets you visualize how custom shutters will look in your home!

Using the Shutter Shopper app is simple! In just 3 short steps, you will see just how beautiful your home can be with custom shutters!

  1. Snap a photo of your windows.
  2. Outline the Window using the app.
  3. Select your shutters from a variety of colors, louver size and tilt rod options!

Once completed you will be able to see the beautify and elegance that custom shutters can bring to your home! Then you can save and share your design with family and friends!

The app is available now in the Apple App Store and in Google Play! Download it today or call one of our design specialist and they will bring the showroom to you!

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Kids & Cords: A Deadly Combination

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) says that cords from window coverings are one of the top 5 safety hazards in your home. There have been over 500 child strangulation from blinds and shade cords over the past few decades.

Over 5 million window coverings have been recalled in recent years because of injury and death to babies and young children. Recalled products include vertical and horizontal blinds, rollup blinds, Roman shades and roller shades. Strangulation and injury can occur anywhere in the house where children can wrap these cords around their necks or become entangled in the loops. This can happen quickly and silently.

To prevent child strangulation, the CPSC recommends the use of cordless window coverings in homes where children are present.

Safety Matters Checklist:

Window Coverings, Shutters

Window Coverings

  • Examine all shades & blinds in your home for exposed or dangling cords.
  • Make sure there are no accessible cords on the front, side, or back of the product.
  • Use Kid Safe Certified cordless window coverings in all homes where children live or visit.
  • Position cribs, beds, playpens and other furniture against walls that have no windows and no window cords.
  • Permanently anchor all loops on every window covering cord anywhere in your home to the door or to the wall.
  • Ask your Danmer Designer how to replace older window treatments with cordless ones. Danmer carries a full line of cordless blinds, shades and custom shutters that are safe for everyone in the family.

For more information visit on how to replace your old corded window coverings please visit http://danmer.com/buy/kidsafe.php

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Thermalite Shutters Buying Guide: What to Look for in Synthetic Shutters

Thermalite shuttersIf you’re looking to improve and upgrade the window coverings in your home, synthetic shutters are an excellent option. Synthetic shutters are stylish, durable and a great value. However, not all synthetic shutters are created equal. While most of them look similar, if you do your research you’ll find that some options are a much better value than others. Find out why Thermalite Shutters are the best choice.

Materials and Construction

When buying new shutters, it is important to choose high quality materials. Vinyl shutters, for example may warp and bend in high temperatures and they are not strong enough to cover larger windows. Some companies sell synthetic shutters with hollow louvers that are not as durable or they say the louvers are “solid” but really they are filled with wood chips and toxic glue. Instead look for true solid louvers and hardware made from a synthetic material that is harder than vinyl.

Thermalite Shutters are made from a solid, polymer material that is water resistant and flame retardant. You won’t ever have to worry about warping or bending. You can trust that the patented Duraglide™ Louver Tension System and premium tilt rod hardware will not crack or break after repeated uses. This high quality material is designed to last.

Insulation

Another reason to consider the materials and construction of the shutters is because of its ability to insulate the home. Solid, synthetic louvers insulate very well and can save your family lots of money on home energy costs. With better insulation you won’t have to run your heater and air conditioner as often. In fact, Thermalite Shutters insulate up to three times better than wood and can lower your energy bills by up to 35%.

Made in the U.S.A

When making home improvements, many homeowners know how important it is to choose products that are made in the U.S.A.. American-made products are typically higher quality and you’ll feel good knowing that you’re supporting American jobs. However, many companies say their products are “made in the U.S.A.” but really they are only assembled here using foreign parts. Before making a decision, find out the truth. Thermalite Shutters are always manufactured in the USA from American parts, and have been for over 35 years.

Impact on the Environment

Synthetic shutters are a green choice because no natural resources are used in the manufacturing. Danmer takes this one step further with Thermalite Shutters. Thermalite Shutters are made from a non-toxic, 100% synthetic material that is completely recyclable. In fact, all materials used in the manufacturing lifecyle are recycled. Danmer’s paints are also environmentally safe with very low VOCs (volatile organic compounds) and their solid design makes them energy efficient.

Available Warranty

Before making an investment in new shutters, ask about the available warranty. Many companies will slash the prices on their products but not make any guarantees about the quality. What good is it to save money upfront, only to have to replace the shutters a few years later due to faulty installation or low quality materials? You won’t have to worry about this when you buy from Danmer. Thermalite Shutters are covered by a comprehensive warranty that guarantees the shutters will not crack, warp or peel – ever. They also come with a 10-year warranty on the painted finish, a 25-year warranty on workmanship and labor, and a lifetime warranty on all moving parts, including the louver tension system. This warranty is also fully transferable if you ever decide to sell your home.

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The Different Types of Thermalite Shutters for your Home

Are you looking to install high-quality shutters throughout your home? Thermalite Shutters can be customized to fit any window or door, even if they are large or uniquely-shaped. Enjoy a beautiful, uniform look when you install shutters in the kitchen, bathroom, family room, and more.

What are Thermalite Shutters?

Thermalite Shutters are a high-quality, American-made product designed to look great and improve the energy efficiency in your home. Made from a solid, non-toxic polymer material, Thermalite Shutters insulate up to three times better than wood and they’re guaranteed to never warp, yellow or crack. These inside shutters work well in any room of the house. Take advantage of the maximum privacy and light control by installing them in bedrooms or put them in your kitchen and bathrooms without worrying because Thermalite Shutters are water resistant and fire retardant.

Thermalite Shutters for French Doors and Sliding Doors

thermalite-types-french-sliding-doorsIt can be challenging to find window coverings for French doors and sliding glass doors. You want something that can cover the large area completely, but also have the ability to open all of the way during the times when you have people going in and out frequently. Thermalite Shutters can be sized to fit any doorway, no matter how large. Also, because they insulate better than other types of window coverings, you’ll save up to 35% on home energy bills by covering up large doorways.

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Thermalite Shutters for Large Windows, Arched Windows and More

thermalite-types-large-windows-archedLarge windows and especially uniquely-shaped windows can be very difficult to cover. If you have a circle-shaped window, an arch above a doorway, or any other shaped window, you don’t have to worry. Danmer custom makes Thermalite Shutters to fit any window.

It’s easy to have a uniform look throughout your home when every door and window can be fitted with high quality Thermalite Shutters from Danmer.

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How to Get an Incredible Bargain on Thermalite Shutters

thermalite-shutters-4Thermalite Shutters are a high-quality investment that homeowners can make that will not only improve the look of the home, but also to improve its value. When you look at the true cost of shutters on the market today Thermalite Shutters are an incredible bargain, but if you know where to look you can save even more.

Why Thermalite Shutters are an Incredible Bargain

Thermalite Shutters are a great deal. Not only are these shutters sold at a great price considering what a high-quality product they are, they will also save you lots of money over time.

• Lower Energy Costs – Thermalite Shutters are made from a solid, synthetic polymer material that insulates up to three times better than wood. In fact, you can save up to 35% on home energy costs just by installing Thermalite Shutters in your home.

• Long-lasting Durability – Thermalite Shutters are very durable and will last for many, many years. That’s why Danmer is able to offer a lifetime warranty against warping, cracking or peeling. Think how much money you’ll save over time by not having to replace your window coverings.

• Easy to Maintain – Do you spend a lot of time, energy and money keeping other window coverings clean? Forget buying expensive cleaners. All you need to keep Thermalite Shutters clean is a damp, soft cloth.

Save on Thermalite Shutters

Not only are Thermalite Shutters an incredible bargain at regular price, there are lots of ways to save even more.

• Get 25% Off Your Custom Order – You may qualify for 25% off your custom order just by contacting Danmer. Go to Danmer.com and request a free in-home design consultation today.

• Friends and Family – Are you getting tons of compliments on your new Thermalite Shutters? If you’re a satisfied Danmer customer you are probably telling all of your friends and family. Just refer someone to Danmer and you’ll earn money when they place their order.

• U.S. Savings Bond – Danmer Custom Shutters are made and assembled in the U.S.A, and as part of our commitment to rebuilding America you can earn a U.S. Savings Bond for up to $250 when you place an order.

Contact Danmer today to find out more Thermalite Shutters and why they are such an incredible bargain.

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Best Way to Keep Thermalite Shutters Clean

San Francisco ShutterThermalite Shutters are a beautiful addition to any home. Not only do they keep energy costs low and come with an excellent, comprehensive warranty; they are also very easy to keep clean. This is great news for homeowners who have made the choice to invest in Thermalite Shutters for their home. Here are some tips on the best ways to keep your shutters clean.

Don’t Use Toxic Chemicals

Do not use toxic chemicals to clean your Thermalite Shutters. They just aren’t necessary. Chemicals, abrasives and ammonia-based cleaners can damage the high-quality painted surface. They aren’t good for you or your family either. Instead, try some of these less evasive, more natural approaches that will get the job done in no time at all.

Good Ol’ Feather Duster

For regular cleaning, all you need to remove dirt and dust from your Thermalite Shutters is a fuzzy feather or static duster. Simply close the shutters and run the duster up and down over the front. Then reverse the shutters and do the same on the other side. For a little extra cleaning, just swish the duster between each louver. Try an aerosol duster (can of compressed air) as well to make it even easier. Just note: some dust may fall on the floor, so clean your shutters before cleaning the floor.

Vacuum Cleaner

You can also use the attachments that come with your vacuum cleaner to quickly and easily clean your Thermalite Shutters. This is a great overall way to quickly remove dust from your shutters, including the smaller crevices and higher, hard-to-reach areas. You won’t even have to worry about dirt falling on the floor.

Damp Cloth

If all else fails, you’ll have to pull out the big guns. And by that, we simply mean warm water and a soft cloth. What could be easier? Just get a soft cloth, dampen with warm water and gently wipe each louver. Because of the high-quality painted surface, dirt, dust, and anything else that may have landed on your shutters will simply wipe away.

Skip the chemicals and forget about the elbow grease. It’s easy to keep your durable Thermalite Shutters clean and beautiful for years by using any of these easy methods.

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5 Ways to Incorporate Thermalite Shutters into your Kitchen

Thermalite Shutters are the perfect choice for kitchens. They are durable and water resistant so they will resist the daily barrage of moisture, dirt, grease and temperature change. Thermalite Shutters are also easy to clean, allowing you to save the scrubbing and elbow grease for your pots and pans. Most importantly, Thermalite Shutters are fire retardant and will slow the spread of an all too common kitchen fire. Here are some stylish ways to incorporate Thermalite Shutters into your kitchen.

best-thermalite-shutters-11. Thermalite Shutters look great throughout the kitchen. The classic, traditional look will match your kitchen décor and provide a bit of privacy when you want it.

 

 

 

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2. Shutters are perfect over the sink, especially if the view looks out over areas where your kids may play. Keep them shut when you want to keep the light out, but open them all the way for a full, unobstructed view.

 

 

 

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3. Try adding shutters to your kitchen bay windows for a stunning look. Select a traditional white, or choose from an array of colors to create a bright focal point in the room.

 

 

 

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4. If you have French doors or sliding glass doors in your kitchen, shutters are an excellent option for light and temperature control, privacy and flexibility. The doors in the kitchen likely see a lot of action, but that’s no problem for expertly installed Thermalite shutters that easily fold or slide out of the way.

 

 

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5. Large kitchens with lots of windows practically beg for custom-made Thermalite Shutters. Open them up to let the light shine in, or close them for added privacy or to save money on energy costs. Thermalite shutters can be customized to fit large or uniquely-shaped windows so you can have the same, beautiful look throughout your kitchen and your home.

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Why Thermalite Shutters are the Best Synthetic Window Coverings

french-doors6When it’s time to buy new window coverings, you have lots of options. There are hundreds of colors, styles and materials to choose from, but which one is the best value. Synthetic window coverings have a distinct advantage over hardwood, aluminum and fabric alternatives.

Advantage of Synthetic Window Coverings

Synthetic window coverings, as opposed to those made out of hardwood, aluminum or fabric have many clear advantages.

Better Insulation – Synthetic materials insulate far better than wood and other materials which can help reduce energy costs over time.

Longer Lasting – Wood will warp, aluminum will rust, and fabric will become worn over time, but long lasting synthetic materials will keep looking great for years to come.

Eco-Friendly – You may not think about window coverings as being eco-friendly, but synthetic window coverings do not use any of our precious natural resources. They also won’t need to be replaced as often, and when they do, they are completely recyclable.

Why Choose Thermalite?

Synthetic shutters are good, but Thermalite Shutters from Danmer are even better. These are not your typical synthetic shutters. One of the biggest differences is that the entire shutter is made from a solid, non-toxic polymer material. The competition typically offers cheaper, hollow louvers that do not insulate as well as Thermalite Shutters and they don’t last as long.

Thermalite Shutters are also American-made and have been for overdesigned and built for 35 years. They are manufactured here in the USA, not overseas. Thanks to this high-quality manufacturing process, Danmer also offers a comprehensive warranty including a lifetime warranty on all moving parts. Thermalite Shutters are also guaranteed to never warp, crack or peel.

For longer lasting, high-quality window coverings choose Thermalite Shutters from Danmer.

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Tips for Cleaning Thermalite Shutters After The Holidays

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It’s time to roll up your sleeves and clean your window coverings for the New Year. Luckily, homeowners with Thermalite Shutters will have no trouble getting their window coverings spic and span. Follow these simple tips for cleaning Thermalite Shutters.

Use a Feather Duster

If the dirt and dust isn’t too bad you may be able to just clean the Thermalite Shutters with a fuzzy feather or static duster. Just close the shutters and run the duster up and down over the front. Then reverse the shutters and do the same on the other side. For more detailed cleaning you can swish the duster between each louver. An aerosol duster (can of compressed air) also works well for a little added oomph. While you’re cleaning, some of the dust will end up on the floor – which is why you clean that last.

Stay Away from Toxic Chemicals

If your Thermalite Shutters are in need of a deeper clean, all you need is a rag and some warm water. There’s no need for toxic chemicals. They aren’t good for you or your family, and they definitely aren’t good for your Thermalite Shutters. In fact, chemicals, abrasives and ammonia-based cleaners can damage the high-quality painted surface. Save your money and protect the health of your family by simply using a damp rag to clean your shutters.

With somewhat regular cleaning your Thermalite Shutters will stay clean and beautiful for years.

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