October is Window Covering Safety Month, and the Window Covering Safety Council has a message for U.S. consumers: Going cordless is easier than ever.
Sadly, corded window coverings represent one of the top five hidden dangers in the home, according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission. Children and pets can become tangled in the cords, which can cause injury and even death.
But it’s easier than it’s ever been to buy window treatments that are either cordless or have child-safe cords that dramatically lower the likelihood of accidents. Products such as motorized window treatments and one-touch blinds and shades are increasing in quality and coming down in price. Manufacturers are developing new child-safe products that fabricators can use when making roman shades, drapes and other window coverings.
There are also multiple options for window coverings that have inaccessible or short cords. Due to a new U.S. safety standard that went into effect in 2018, manufacturers and fabricators must now follow special guidelines to ensure that any cords in window treatments are out of reach for small children.
Continuing its work from previous years, the Window Covering Safety Council recommends the following guidelines for window covering safety:
- Install only cordless window coverings or those with inaccessible cords in homes with young children.
- Replace window blinds and corded shades with products that are cordless or have inaccessible cords marked with the Best for Kids certification label.
- Move all cribs, beds, furniture and toys away from windows and window covering cords.
- When window covering cords are present, ensure that all window covering cords are out of sight and reach, by shortening or moving them up and away, so that they are inaccessible to young children.
More tips for installing safe, easy-to-use window treatments in homes is available on the Window Covering Safety Council website.