Manufacturers are Becoming Safer With Their Window Treatments

Gary Harding

As of December 2018, newly manufactured stock window coverings should be cordless or have short, inaccessible pull cords. Sunburst welcomes this decision, as it comes after discussions between the Window Covering Manufacturers Association and the American National Standards Institute, and covers any pre-manufactured window coverings. And while the new safety regulations don’t recall already purchased window treatments, some people in Colorado Springs have used the regulations as a reason to go with a safer option.

Mom pulling down cordless shade 
 

What Are The New Window Treatment Safety Standards?

In the past few decades, cords on window treatments have been deemed one of the Top 5 Hidden Hazards In The Home by the Consumer Product Safety Commission. Toddlers and infants can get entangled in the cords, leading to injury or strangulation, with a report finding that that there were almost 17,000 window cord injuries during a fifteen-year period. Extra cord safety products, like cord cleats and fasteners, attempted to alleviate the hazard, but consumers did not install them as universally as expected.

 

What Do The New Requirements Cover?

Each stock (ready-made) window covering available in stores or online must now be cordless or have inaccessible cords. This accounts for over 80% of all window treatment products purchased in the United States and Canada. Custom-built treatments do not have the same constraints; however, cords can only be 40% the length of the treatment and should default to a tilt rod instead of a tilt cord. These regulations only affect window coverings made after December 19, 2018, and old shades and blinds have not been recalled.


What Are Your Choices Regarding Cordless Window Treatments?

With the new standards, consumers are now looking at different safer choices when buying or replacing their window treatments. Check out a few cord-free options:

  • Plantation Shutters: These fashionable window treatments cover the window with large louvers and usually open by a center tilt-rod. Plantation Shutters can be seen as the sturdiest window covering option and are constructed with either natural wood or a faux wood composite that doesn’t warp, crack, splinter, or chip. There has never been a cord on plantation shutter, so shutters have always been seen as a safer option.

Shutters in kitchen
  • Barn Door Shutters: Instead of raising vertically via a cord or tilt rod, barn door coverings attach to a track above the window frame and slide horizontally. You can open the panels a little to have some light peek in, or slide them all the way apart for a different look.

Colorado Springs barn door shutters
  • Cordless Shades and Blinds: Some shades and blinds have modified their designs and now use internal cords that shouldn’t pose a hazard. Some use motors, which manipulate treatments by remotes or voice commands. Different shades open and close to their desired height by operating the bottom bar. These coverings are available in different colors, textures, and patterns, and has many semi-translucent options that can look like of sheer draperies.

Blue dresser with shades above

 

Let Sunburst Help You Cut The Cord On Your Shades and Blinds

If you want to change out those corded window treatments with a safer choice, your Colorado Springs Sunburst representative is here to help. We have many cordless options, and we can help you find one that works best for your rooms. Schedule your no cost in-home consultation by calling 303-625-6431 now.