At the Forefront of Safety Issues - In 2009 the Commission Product Safety Council (CPSC) announced a voluntary recall on Roman-style shades with accessible cords on the rear of the shade. We welcomed this “recall to repair,” because it not only allowed us to prevent potential problem, but because it also raised awareness about the hazards of cord loops on blinds and shades to young children.
In fact, Springs Window Fashions helped develop the Voluntary Corrective Action Plan in response to the issue, and immediately implemented design changes so that our products met or exceeded industry safety standards. Not because a government agency compelled us to. Not simply to avoid fines, or litigation, or bad press.
We did it because it was the right thing to do.
Invest in Safe Products – Practice Safety at Home When child-proofing a home it is important to remember that cords on traditional window blinds and shades pose a strangulation hazard, and can cause accidents or injuries to babies and toddlers. The Window Covering Safety Council urges parents and caregivers to inspect their homes for potential window cord hazards and following these essential safety rules:
- Install only cordless window coverings in young children's bedrooms and sleeping areas.
- Replace window blinds, corded shades and draperies manufactured before 2001 with modern, safe products.
- Update window blinds, corded shades, and drapes manufactured before 2001 with retrofit cord repair devices, or replace them with products that adhere to the current safety standards.
- Move all cribs, beds, furniture, and toys away from windows and window cords.
- 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. Cord stops must be 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.
- Cordless lift and motorized lift options for blinds and shades are both safe alternatives– eliminating the standard cord that could entangle children or pets.
To read about safety features on Springs Window Fashions’ blinds and shades, please visit:
For a free retrofit kit to bring your outdated blinds into safety compliance, contact the Window Coverings Safety Council at
www.windowcoverings.org or call 1.800.506.4636.
Cordless control options have been
certified as Best for Kids by an independent lab.