Parents Urged to Inspect their Homes for Hidden Window Cord Hazards and Replace with Cordless Products
WASHINGTON, D.C. – September 30, 2016 – October is National Window Covering Safety Month and the Window Covering Safety Council (WCSC) is urging parents and caregivers to check their window coverings for exposed or dangling cords which can pose a strangulation hazard to infants and young children. WCSC, the window covering industry, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and safety advocates all recommend that only cordless window coverings or window coverings with inaccessible cords be used in homes with young children.
According to the CPSC, corded window coverings are one of the top five hidden hazards in American homes, with infants and children accidentally becoming entangled in window cords. To increase public awareness of window-cord dangers, the WCSC and CPSC have again declared October as National Window Covering Safety Month.
“As a result of industry innovation, consumers have more choices than ever to purchase cordless products or those with inaccessible cords,” said Window Covering Safety Council (WCSC) Executive Director, Peter Rush. “Parents with young children should replace their corded window coverings with the many cordless products available in different styles, colors and sizes “
To aid parents and caregivers in making the right choice when selecting window coverings, cordless options can easily be identified by the Best for Kids™ certification program. In order to be eligible for this certification, manufacturers must submit the products to a laboratory recognized by the Window Covering Manufacturers Association for review and analysis to determine if they meet the Best for Kids program criteria.
For products that pass the test, the lab sends a report to the company that these products may be labeled Best for Kids™. Best for Kids products are currently available at major retailers across the country.
To maximize window cord safety when young children are present, consumers are urged to follow these safety guidelines:
The Window Covering Safety Council (WCSC) is a coalition of major U.S. manufacturers, importers and retailers of window coverings dedicated to educating consumers about window cords safety. The Council also assists and supports its members in the industry’s ongoing efforts to encourage the use of cordless products in homes with young children, its redesign of corded products and to support the national ANSI/WCMA standard for corded window coverings. WCSC’s activities in no way constitute an assumption of any legal duty owed by its members or any other entity.
We take home safety seriously – and you should too, especially if you have small children and pets around the house. Basic household items, including window coverings, can turn into potentials hazards.
Our window fashions are designed with safety in mind – and they’re a beautiful addition to your home’s décor. Choose from an abundant array of fabrics and colors that complement current trends, yet are versatile enough to carry a child’s room from nursery to toddler to teen.
Ask us about window fashions that come with safety features that help ensure everyone in your home remains safe from loose cords – including cordless operating systems, wand controls, motorization options and more.
Lucinda’s Interiors offers the best child safe blinds and window treatment options available. Choose from cordless easy-lift, remote control cordless shades, and wand controlled cordless. There are no true “child proof blinds”, but making safer choices in the operating style of your blinds can make your home safer and much less risky for young children and pets.
In addition to child safe blind operation you should also keep these safety guidelines in mind:
Having Child Safe Blinds Is Not As Simple As Buying A Retrofit Kit
If you have older blinds and shades you need to strongly consider their replacement, the window covering safety council strongly urges parents, grandparents, and caregivers to use only completely cordless window treatments in homes where young children and pets are present. According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, window coverings with cords are among the top five hidden dangers in homes and day care centers. A window covering is safest for children when there are no accessible cords on the front or back of the window covering.
You Could Save A Precious Life By Choosing Cordless Blinds
The simple and terrible truth is… cords kill kids. It is not a pleasant subject, but every year young children are killed or seriously injured by getting tangled in window cords when parents and caregivers thought they were perfectly safe in a playpen, crib, or playroom. The dangers are the same for pets, and let’s face it, they are also loved and precious members of the family. The team members at Lucinda’s Interiors want to make it a point to strongly encourage you to replace all corded blinds with cordless blinds in areas where children or pets sleep and play, even if you do not choose to shop blinds with us.
If you have any questions, comments, concerns, or need assistance with your order please contact our knowledgeable customer service team at 765-874-1183.
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