This nationwide campaign, co-sponsored by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and the Window Covering Safety Council (WCSC), urges parents and caregivers to use only cordless window coverings in young children’s play rooms, bedrooms and sleeping areas.
In addition, all window coverings manufactured prior to 2001 should be replaced with today’s safer products or retrofitted. The WCSC offers free retrofit kits, which can be obtained by calling 1-800-506-4636 or visiting their website at www.windowcoverings.org.
When young children or pets are around the home, cord safety should be a key factor in selecting window treatments. Although all of the window fashions offered today meet the latest safety standards, window coverings without any accessible cords are still the safest choice for homes with children and pets. Almost every type of corded blind or shade is now available with a cordless option, combining safety and style.
Here are some additional window safety tips from the Window Covering Safety Council:
- Move all cribs, beds, furniture and toys away from windows and window cords, preferably to a non-windowed wall.
- Avoid long draperies where babies are present, especially when they start crawling.
- Keep all window pull cords and inner lift cords out of the reach of children.
- Make sure that tasseled pull cords are short.
- Cord stops should be properly installed and adjusted to limit movement of the inner lift cords.
- Continuous-loop lift cords should be permanently anchored to the floor or wall.
- Lock cords into position whenever horizontal blinds or shades are lowered, including when they come to rest on a window sill.
For additional information about window cord safety, contact the Window Covering Safety Council at 1-800-506-4636 or via their website, www.windowcoverings.org. Consumers can also find safety information and a link to the WCSC at graberblinds.com/safety.