Window Treatment Wednesday: Window Covering Safety Month

window covering safety month

October is Window Covering Safety Month

The Window Covering Safety Council (WCSC) and the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) want to remind everyone about the hazard window covering cords can pose to young children and pets. The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) says window treatment cords are one of the top five hidden hazards in American homes, with infants and children accidentally becoming entangled in window cords. Their message needs to be heard by everyone, not just parents or caregivers.

Here are some tips from the Window Covering Safety Council (WCSC) to keep in mind:

  •  Install only cordless window coverings in homes with young children.
  •  Continuous-loop pull cords on draperies and vertical blinds should be pulled tight and anchored to the floor or wall.
  • Move all furniture, cribs, beds and climbable surfaces away from windows and window cords.
  • Make sure tasseled pull cords are as short as possible.
  • If you cannot replace older window treatments, this link offers instructions on how to retrofit them.

Not quite certain what your options are? Hunter Douglas has a wide array of lifting systems for child and pet safety. Also, the Window Covering Safety Council website has tons of valuable  information.

Since Frank and Elizabeth Hirshfield opened their first store in 1894, it has been our mission to do the best job possible meeting customer needs and solving customer problems. Hirshfield’s. People and products you can trust.

 

{window treatment wednesday: national window covering safety month}

 

Cute laughing baby standing in a white round bed. White nursery for young children. Little boy learning to stand in his crib. Toys for infant cot. Smiling child playing with toy bear in sunny bedroom.

We expect parents to cover electrical outlets, put gates on stairs, and childproof their doors and cabinets, but we often forget about the hidden danger of the cords from window coverings.

Yet the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) says corded window coverings are one of the top five hidden hazards in American homes, with infants and children accidentally becoming entangled in window cords.

Safety Month

That’s why the CPSC and Window Covering Safety Council (WCSC) are urging parents and caregivers to check their window coverings for exposed and dangling cords as part of National Window Covering Safety Month.

The CPSC, WCSC, and safety advocates all recommend using only cordless window coverings or window coverings with inaccessible cords in homes with young children. “As a result of industry innovation, consumers have more choices than ever to purchase cordless products or those with inaccessible cords,” said WCSC Executive Director Peter Rush. Read the rest of this entry »

{window treatment wednesday: window covering safety month}

Protect your Children from Window Cords

The statistics are frightening: since 1990, more than 200 infants and young children have died from accidentally strangling in window cords, according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC).

In an effort to keep young children safe, the Window Covering Safety Council (WCSC) and the CPSC have teamed up to remind parents and caregivers that October is National Window Covering Safety Month. The campaign’s goal is to heighten awareness of the potential strangulation hazards window cords can pose to young children and toddlers.

In recent years, the window covering industry has redesigned its corded products and developed cord-safety standards. However, millions of older corded window coverings have not been retrofitted by consumers and many new parents are sometimes unaware of potential cord dangers.

 

Read the rest of this entry »

%d bloggers like this: