The Window Covering Safety Council (WCSC) alongside the U.S Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is telling parents to check their window treatments for coverings that pose safety threats to young children. They are also urging parents to replace older treatments with today’s safer products.
They recommend that parents use only cordless shades in homes with younger children. The CPSC has noted that window treatments and coverings are one of the top five hidden hazards in homes in America. Toddlers and infants have died from accidental strangulation due to window cords. A large portion of these deaths have resulted from older products that never had the appropriate safety devices.
“Window cord strangulations are one of the top hidden hazards in the home,” says U.S Consumer Product Safety Commission Chairman Inez Tenenbaum. “CPSC recommends that only cordless window coverings or those with inaccessible cords be used in homes with young children. They are available today in the marketplace and will prevent window blind strangulations. Make sure all window shades, blinds and draperies in your home do not have cords that are within the reach of a child.”
Along with this, the Window Covering Safety Council also urges parents to comply with the following cord-safety precautions:
1. All window cords need to be well out of the reach of any children.
2. Cribs, beds and similar surfaces need to be placed away from windows.
3. Cord stops need to be properly adjusted and installed to limit inner-cord movement.
4. Homes with young children should only have cordless coverings.
5. Tasseled pull cords should be as short as possible. If your treatments have continuous-loop pull cords, they should be tight and anchored to the wall or floor.
Here at CellularWindowShades.com, safety is the utmost priority for our customers. If you have a small child and need additional information about the safety aspects of our cellular window treatments, consult with one of our specialists at (877) 966-3678.