is taken very seriously at Window Accents when selling our window products. Every product sold, whether drapery, shade, or blind has child safety features. Most products can now be ordered cordless. If not, other safety measures are taken to ensure the cords do not cause strangulation.
Every October, our industry supports national campaigns to bring awareness to this issue, but in reality,
every month is child safety month.
This issue has changed many of our products over the past few years, and industry standards are constantly being revised and updated. Our vendors constantly work to create products that are fully compliant with these standards.
These guidelines are given by the Window Covering Safety Council (WCSC), an industry group dedicated to educating consumers about window cord safety, and long-time sponsor of the October window-cord awareness campaign. They recommend that only cordless window coverings or those with inaccessible cords be used in homes with young children.
The Council, which provides consumers with window-cord safety information, as well as free retrofit kits for older corded window coverings, urges all parents and caregivers to follow these basic window cord-safety precautions:
- Move all furniture, cribs, beds and climbable surfaces away from windows.
- Keep all window cords well out of the reach of children.
- Install only cordless window coverings in homes with young children.
- Make sure tasseled pull cords are as short as possible. Continuous-loop pull cords on draperies and vertical blinds should be pulled tight and anchored to the floor or wall.
- Be sure cord stops are properly installed and adjusted to limit inner-cord movement.
To learn more about window-cord safety, or to order free retrofit kits, go to the Window Covering Safety Council’s web site at:
The Window Covering Safety Council (WCSC) is a coalition of major U.S. manufacturers, importers and retailers of window coverings dedicated to educating consumers about window cord safety The Council also assists and supports its members in the industry’s ongoing efforts to encourage the use of cordless products in homes with young children, its redesign of corded products, and to support the national ANSI/WCMA standard for corded window coverings. WCSC’s activities in no way constitute an assumption of any legal duty owed by its members or any other entity.
For more information, also visit www.pfwbs.org (Parents for Window Blind Safety).
If you have any questions about whether the window blinds in your home are safe, please call us for a free evaluation.