Window coverings have long been a staple in homes and offices, providing privacy, light control, and aesthetic appeal. However, as technology advances and safety concerns grow, regulations for window coverings have evolved to ensure the protection of the most vulnerable members of our households: children and pets. In this blog, we'll explore the newest regulations for corded window coverings and how they're making homes safer.
The Dangers of Corded Window Coverings
Corded window coverings, such as blinds and shades, have been in use for many years. While they offer convenience and style, they also present serious safety risks, particularly to young children and pets. The cords can pose strangulation hazards, leading to tragic accidents in homes across the world. These dangers have not gone unnoticed, and regulatory authorities have taken significant steps to address them.
"There were more than 200 incidents involving children up to 8 years old due to strangulation hazards from window covering cords during a 13-year period from January 2009 through December 2021. A child died in 48% of those incidents." - U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission
New Regulations to Improve Safety
The window covering industry has responded to these concerns by implementing new regulations. These regulations are designed to reduce the risk of cord-related accidents and make homes safer. Here are some of the key changes in the newest regulations for corded window coverings:
Cordless Options: One of the most significant changes is the promotion of cordless window covering options. Cordless blinds and shades are becoming increasingly popular, as they eliminate the risk of children and pets becoming entangled in cords. This option is not only safer but also provides a sleek and modern look to your windows.
Improved Warning Labels: Window covering manufacturers are required to provide clearer and more visible warning labels on their products. These labels serve to remind consumers of the potential dangers associated with cords and offer instructions on how to keep them out of reach of children and pets.
Cord Safety Devices: Many manufacturers now include cord safety devices that can be used to secure cords and keep them out of the reach of children. These devices are simple yet effective in reducing the risk of accidents.
Industry Standards: Regulatory authorities have established industry standards for window coverings that focus on eliminating cords altogether. While these standards are still evolving, they are a significant step forward in improving safety.
At Coeur Window Coverings, we offer window coverings that carry this Best for Kids™ Certification. In order for window covering products to be labeled Best for Kids™, manufacturers must meet program criteria and submit their products to a third-party testing laboratory.
While the new regulations go a long way in making corded window coverings safer, it's essential for consumers to remain vigilant and informed. Here are some tips for ensuring safety in your home:
Check Your Existing Window Coverings: If you have older corded window coverings, consider replacing them with newer cordless options or installing cord safety devices.
Educate Family Members: Make sure everyone in your household, especially children, is aware of the potential dangers of cords. Teach them not to play with or near window covering cords.
Regularly Inspect Window Coverings: Periodically check your window coverings to ensure they are in good condition and that cords are properly secured and out of reach.
Follow Manufacturer's Instructions: When installing or using corded window coverings, always follow the manufacturer's safety instructions and warnings.
The newest regulations for corded window coverings represent a significant step forward in improving safety in our homes. By promoting cordless options, enhancing warning labels, and providing cord safety devices, these regulations aim to reduce the risk of cord-related accidents, especially among children and pets.
As consumers, it's our responsibility to be informed about these regulations and take the necessary steps to make our homes safer. By doing so, we can continue to enjoy the benefits of window coverings while minimizing the associated risks.
Have any more questions?
If you are wondering what options there are for tall or hard-to-reach windows without implementing cords, then give us a call or schedule your free in-home consultation. We are happy to educate and take the time to explain the best window covering operating systems available for your home.