The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and the Window Covering Safety Council (WCSC) have partnered again this October to observe National Window Covering Safety Month.
Since 1990, more than 200 infants and young children have died from accidentally strangling in window cords, according to information provided by the CPSC. This month-long, nationwide campaign is designed to increase consumer awareness of potential window-cord hazards, as well as to urge parents and caregivers of young children to only use cordless window products in homes with young children and to replace all window coverings in the home made before 2001 with today’s safer products.
National Window Covering Safety Month will emphasize the following basic window-cord safety rules from WCSC:
- Install only cordless window coverings in homes with young children. Replace window blinds, corded shades and draperies manufactured before 2001 with today’s safer products.
- Keep all window pull cords and inner lift cords out of the reach of children. Make sure that tasseled pull cords are short and continuous-loop cords are permanently anchored to the floor or wall. Make sure cord stops are properly installed and adjusted to limit movement of inner lift cords.
- Lock cords into position whenever horizontal blinds or shades are lowered, including when they come to rest on a window sill.
The Window Covering Safety Council is a coalition of major U.S. manufacturers, importers and retailers of window coverings. The Council has been instrumental in the industry’s redesign of corded products, supporting the national ANSI/WCMA standard for the safety of corded window coverings, and encouraging the use of cordless products in children’s rooms and play areas.
Consumers wishing to retrofit rather than replace their older window coverings can order free retrofit devices through WCSC’s website or its toll-free phone line at 1-800-506-4636.