Manufacturers are Becoming Safer With Their Window Treatments02/04/2019Kimball Jones As of December 2018, newly manufactured stock window coverings should not use cords or have small, inaccessible pull cords. Sunburst applauds these regulations, as it comes after conversations between the Window Covering Manufacturers Association and the American National Standards Institute, and covers any pre-manufactured window treatments. And while the new safety requirements don’t recall old corded treatments, some people in Southern California have used the announcement as a reason to change to cordless window treatments. Why The New Window Treatment Safety Standards? In the past few decades, corded window treatments have been included in the Top 5 Hidden Hazards In The Home by the Consumer Product Safety Commission. Young children and infants can get tangled up in the cords, resulting in injury or strangulation, with one report finding that that there were almost 17,000 window cord injuries during a fifteen-year period. External cord safety products, such as cord shorteners and locks, tried to alleviate the hazard, but consumers did not use them as much as anticipated. What Do The New Regulations Cover? Each stock (ready-made) window treatment sold in stores or online should now be cordless or have inaccessible cords. This accounts for over 80% of all window treatment products purchased in the United States and Canada. Made-to-order coverings don’t have the same restrictions; however, cords can only hang down to 40% the length of the treatment and must default to a tilt rod rather than a tilt cord. These standards affect window treatments manufactured after December 19, 2018, and old coverings have not been recalled. What Are Your Choices Regarding Cordless Window Treatments? With the new safety requirements, consumers are now seeking the entire range of cordless choices when purchasing or replacing their window treatments. Let’s look at a few window treatments that don’t use cords: Plantation Shutters: These family-friendly window treatments cover the window with sturdy louvers and usually open by a center tilt-rod. Plantation Shutters are the most durable window covering option and are constructed with either solid wood or a faux wood composite that doesn’t warp, crack, splinter, or chip. Plantation shutters have never worked with a cord, so shutters have always been considered child-safe. Barn Door Window Treatments: Instead of raising up using a cord or tilt rod, barn door shutters attach to a track above the window frame and slide apart sideways. You can open your barn doors a tad to let light through, or slide them all the way apart for a statement piece. Cordless Shades and Blinds: Some shades and blinds have changed their make-up and now use internal cords that don’t hang loose. Some use motors, which manipulate coverings by remotes or voice commands. Some shades are set to their needed position by lifting the bottom bar. These coverings come in a multitude of colors, textures, and patterns, and are even available in a variety of semi-translucent fabrics that give you the feel of sheer draperies. Let Sunburst Help You Cut The Cord On Your Shades and Blinds If you want to replace your corded shades and blinds with a more child-friendly choice, your Southern California Sunburst representative is here to help. We can bring you many cordless options, and we can guide you in finding one that works best for your rooms. Schedule your no cost in-home consultation by calling 888-611-2474 today.