Manufacturers are Becoming Safer With Their Window Treatments

Holly Perron

As of December 2018, all newly manufactured stock window treatments should be cordless or have compact, inaccessible pull cords. Sunburst welcomes this decision, as it comes after conversations between the Window Covering Manufacturers Association and the American National Standards Institute, and includes any pre-manufactured window coverings. And while the new safety standards don’t recall already purchased window treatments, many in Boston have seen the regulations as an opportunity to install a safer option.

Mom pulling down cordless shade 
 

Why The New Window Treatment Safety Standards?

In the past few decades, cords on window treatments have been deemed one of the Top 5 Hidden Hazards In The Home by the Consumer Product Safety Commission. Toddlers and infants can get tangled up in the cords, resulting in injury or strangulation, with a study finding that that there were almost 17,000 window cord injuries over a fifteen-year period. External cord safety products, like cord shorteners and fasteners, attempted to alleviate the hazard, but people did not use them as manufacturers expected.

 

What Do The New Requirements Cover?

Every stock (ready-made) window treatment sold in stores or online needs to now be cord-free or have inaccessible cords. This includes over 80% of all window covering products sold in America and Canada. Custom-made coverings don’t have the same restrictions; however, cords can only hang down to 40% the length of the covering and should default to a tilt rod rather than a tilt cord. These requirements only affect window coverings constructed after December 19, 2018, and current treatments have not been recalled.


What Are Your Choices Regarding Cordless Window Treatments?

With the new standards, families are now looking at the entire range of cord-free choices when buying or replacing their blinds and shades. Luckily, there are a lot of choices when it comes to cordless window treatments, such as:

  • Plantation Shutters: These family-friendly treatments cover the window with large louvers and usually employ a center tilt-rod. Shutters can be seen as the most durable window covering option and are made with either natural wood or a faux wood composite that won’t warp, crack, splinter, or chip. Plantation shutters have never worked with a cord, so these treatments have always been seen as a safer option.

Shutters in kitchen
  • Barn Door Window Treatments: Instead of opening vertically using a cord or tilt rod, barn door window treatments attach to a track above the window frame and slide apart sideways. You can slide your barn doors a bit to have some light peek in, or open them all the way apart for a statement piece.

Boston barn door shutters
  • Cordless Shades and Blinds: Some window treatments have altered their mechanics to employ inaccessible cords that won’t pose a hazard. Others use motors, which raise and lower treatments via remote control. Different shades simply raise or lower to their desired height by lifting the bottom bar. These treatments come in a variety of colors, textures, and patterns, and are offered in several semi-translucent fabrics that can look like of sheer draperies.

Blue dresser with shades above

 

Let Sunburst Help You Cut The Cord On Window Treatments

If you’re looking to upgrade from corded hazards with a more child-friendly option, your Boston Sunburst representative can help. We can bring you many cord-free window treatments, and we can guide you in finding one for your family. Book your no cost in-home consultation by calling 781-352-2205 now.