Manufacturers are Becoming Safer With Their Window Treatments

Kevin McCormack

As of December 2018, all newly manufactured stock window treatments should not use cords or have compact, inaccessible pull cords. Sunburst applauds 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 requirements don’t recall already purchased window treatments, many in Jacksonville have seen the statement as an opportunity to install a safer option.

Mom pulling down cordless shade 
 

What Are The New Window Treatment Safety Standards?

For over 70 years, corded window treatments have been included in the Top 5 Hidden Hazards In The Home by the Consumer Product Safety Commission. Children and infants can get entangled in the cords, resulting in injury or strangulation, with a study finding that that there were almost 17,000 window cord injuries over a fifteen-year period. External cord safety products, like cord wraps and fasteners, tried to alleviate the hazard, but people did not install them as much as anticipated.

 

What Do The New Regulations Cover?

Each stock (ready-made) window covering available in stores or online needs to now be cordless or have inaccessible cords. This accounts for over 80% of all window covering products marketed in America and Canada. Made-to-order window treatments will not have the same restrictions; however, cords can only be 40% the length of the treatment and will default to a tilt rod rather than a tilt cord. These requirements are only on window coverings manufactured after December 19, 2018, and old shades and blinds have not been recalled.


What Are Your Options For Cordless Window Treatments?

With the new regulations, families are now seeking different safer options when acquiring or replacing their window treatments. Luckily, there are different options that have no cords, such as:

  • Plantation Shutters: These fashionable window treatments cover the window with large louvers and usually employ a center tilt-rod. Shutters have been know as the sturdiest window covering option and are manufactured with either solid wood or a faux wood composite that doesn’t warp, crack, splinter, or chip. Plantation shutters have never worked with a cord, so this product has always been considered child-safe.

Shutters in kitchen
  • Barn Door Shutters: Instead of opening vertically using a cord or tilt rod, barn door window treatments attach to a track above the window and slide horizontally. You can part your barn doors a tad to let light through, or slide them all the way apart for a statement piece.

Jacksonville barn door shutters
  • Cordless Shades and Blinds: Some corded window treatments have altered their mechanics to employ inaccessible cords that shouldn’t dangle down. Other treatments employ motors, which raise and lower treatments without touching the treatment. Many shades are set to their desired height by lifting the bottom bar. These treatments come in a multitude of colors, textures, and patterns, and are even available in several semi-translucent models that give you the feel of sheer draperies.

Blue dresser with shades above

 

Let Sunburst Help You Cut The Cord On Your Window Coverings

If you need to upgrade from corded hazards with a safer option, your Jacksonville Sunburst representative is only a phone call away. We have a vast selection of cordless choices, and we can assist you in finding one for your family. Schedule your free in-home consultation by calling 904-289-1663 now.