We focus on it in October.
This October window-cord awareness campaign, known as National Window Covering Safety Month, is sponsored by the WCSC (Window Covering Safety Council) and the CPSC (Consumer Product Safety Commission).
The CPSC conducted a 10-year study to determine the dangers posted by certain types of window treatments. This resulted in a recall of over 5 million window treatments in the past couple of years. The WCMA (Window Covering Manufacturers Association) beefed up standards last year with specific cording methods, tension devices, stop beads, and also required manufacturer’s identification labels and warning labels on all the products –
Newer and stricter regulations are coming out as this is written, to continue the efforts of child safety.
When we look at the statistics we can see why:
On average 1 child dies from cord strangulation each month and 1 child suffers cord related injuries each month.
You can help change those statistics!
The best practice is to make sure your home and other environments your child will be, have cordless window treatments. This is easy to say, however, we all know that financially, replacing the window treatments may not be an option.
So what are your options if purchasing new cordless models is out of the question?
*First, inspect all window treatments and be aware that older non-cordless models post hazards. Look on the backs as well for any exposed cords.
*Move all furniture, especially cribs and beds, away from windows.
*Check with the manufacturer for all recalls and free retrofit kits.
*Go to the WCSC website and order free kits for your window treatments.
*With your retrofit kits you can:
Eliminate looped pull cords – cut the looped pull cord above the tassel, remove the equalizer buckle and insert the cord through the tassels and tie the ends securely.
Install cord stops – lower the bind to the proper level and lock into position at head rail. For each cord, pinch together a portion of the cord to create a loop near the head rail and then slide the cord stop over the loop end. Slip the free end of the pull cord through the loop to loosely knot the cord stop onto the pull cord. Tighten the knot to secure the cord stop one to two inches below the head rail to limit movement of inner lift cords.
Install tie-down devices – insert cord or chain into tie-down device, attach the tie-down device to the floor or wall so that the cord is fully extended and securely fastened.
For more information, help with retrofitting or a free in home consultation about new cordless window treatments for your home, call or email Kim at 513-398-5798 or kim@EWbyKimLyon.com. You may also want to look at our Hunter Douglas Season of Style blog for the latest special with $100 rebates of cordless window treatments by clicking here.
Getting on board with the consumer awareness campaign is the HGTV Design Star, Kim Myles. The host of “Home Made Simple” on the OWN network is now partnering with WCSC, determined to boost consumer cord safety awareness and help stop injuries and fatalities.
You can too by spreading the word to family and friends!!
Photos and sketch thanks to WCSC and Hunter Douglas