Manufacturers are Becoming Safer With Their Window Treatments

Nate Gromen

As of December 2018, all newly manufactured stock window coverings should be cordless or have small, inaccessible pull cords. Sunburst embraces these regulations, 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 standards don’t recall already purchased window treatments, some people in Cleveland have viewed the statement as an opportunity to change out their old window treatments.

Mom pulling down cordless shade 
 

What Are The New Window Treatment Safety Standards?

For over 70 years, window treatment cords have been deemed one of the Top 5 Hidden Hazards In The Home by the Consumer Product Safety Commission. Children and infants can get intertwined in the cords, leading to injury or strangulation, with one report finding that that there were almost 17,000 window cord injuries during a fifteen-year period. Extra cord safety products, such as cord shorteners and locks, tried to alleviate the hazard, but people did not utilize them as manufacturers expected.

 

What Do The New Regulations Cover?

Each stock (ready-made) window covering available in stores or online must now be cordless or have inaccessible cords. This involves over 80% of all window treatment products marketed in the U.S. and Canada. Made-to-order window treatments will not have the same restrictions; however, cords can only hang down to 40% the length of the covering and must default to a tilt rod rather than a tilt cord. These requirements affect window coverings made after December 19, 2018, and previously made coverings have not been recalled.


What Are Your Choices Regarding Cordless Window Treatments?

With the new safety requirements, people are now looking at the entire range of safer options when buying or replacing their window treatments. Luckily, there are different products that are cordless, such as:

  • Plantation Shutters: These family-friendly window treatments cover the window with large louvers and usually open by a center tilt-rod. Shutters have been know as the most durable window treatment and are constructed with either solid wood or a faux wood composite that won’t warp, crack, splinter, or chip. There has never been a corded plantation shutter, so shutters have always been seen as a safer option.

Shutters in kitchen
  • Barn Door Window Coverings: Instead of opening up using a cord or tilt rod, barn door window treatments attach to a track over the window frame and slide horizontally. You can slide your barn doors a bit to let light through, or open them to the edge of the track for a different look.

Cleveland barn door shutters
  • Cord-free Shades and Blinds: Some shades and blinds have altered their mechanics and now use hidden cords that shouldn’t pose a hazard. Some use motors, which open and close treatments without touching the treatment. Many shades are set to their desired height by operating the bottom bar. These shades come in a multitude of colors, textures, and patterns, and has several semi-translucent fabrics that offer the same ambiance of sheer draperies.

Blue dresser with shades above

 

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

If you want to replace your corded window treatments with a better choice, your Cleveland Sunburst representative can help. We can bring you a vast selection of safe choices, and we can assist you in finding one for your family. Schedule your free in-home consultation by calling 440-561-6787 today.