October 9, 2015 2:00 am
Decorative window treatments may be stylish, but those with exposed or dangling cords can pose serious risks to youngsters. The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and the Window Covering Safety Council (WCSC) strongly recommend that only cordless window coverings, or those with inaccessible cords, be used in homes with infants and young children.
“Parents with young children should replace their corded window coverings with the cordless products available,” says Window Covering Safety Council (WCSC) Executive Director Peter Rush. “There are many cordless products available in different styles, colors, and sizes that will soon be easily identified with the ‘Best for Kids’ label.”
The ‘Best for Kids’ certification program helps consumers and retailers easily identify window covering products that are suitable for use in homes with infants and young children. For a product to be eligible for this certification program, manufacturers must meet specified program criteria and submit their window covering products to a designated third-party testing laboratory. Once a product passes the third-party testing, the manufacturer will be allowed to label the product with the ‘Best for Kids’ certification seal.
Multiple cordless products are available, and all of come in a variety of sizes, patterns, and fabrics. These include:
- Cordless drapes
- Light-filtering cordless shades
- Cordless blackout shades
- Cordless roman shades
- Cordless mini-blinds
- Faux wood blinds
- Cordless pleated shades
- Cordless motorized shades
Additionally, it behooves homeowners and renters with young children to move all furniture, cribs, beds and climbable surfaces away from windows, ensure windows cannot open more than four inches, and mount window guards or window stops.
Published with permission from RISMedia.