Fall is here and for my window coverings business, October is synonymous with The National Window Coverings Safety Month. This campaign, like many others, is based on tragic loss of life and sadly, I personally understand the importance of this effort and work hard to educate my clients about the potential window-cord hazards facing young children.
Wood blinds, roman shades, roller shades, vertical blinds, and many other popular window coverings need cords to operate which can represent a significant safety hazard especially to children. The window covering industry have worked diligently to find and implement ways to minimize these risks and The Window Covering Safety Council (WCSC), founded in 1994, is a coalition of major U.S. manufacturers, importers and retailers of window coverings dedicated to educating consumers about window cord safety and is the major force behind the “Best for Kids” certification program.
Quote for WCSC’s website
“The new ‘Best for Kids’ certification program recently launched by the window covering industry will assist in educating consumers about potential window-cord hazards facing young children and will aid consumers in making the right choice when selecting window coverings. In order to be eligible for this certification, manufacturers must meet the specified program criteria and submit their window covering products to a designated third party testing laboratory. Once products pass testing they may be labeled Best for Kids’.
It is very important to understand a product and its features when choosing new window coverings for your home. It is not only the beauty and function, but also the location you need to consider; can a child reach cords from her/his bed, back of a sofa, a chair, or simply standing by the window. Luckily, cordless or motorized options gives you endless possibilities to find your own personal design style.
As an incentive to increase the safety in your home, several of my window coverings suppliers offers a free cordless upgrade on select products through October 31. Please contact me if you have any questions regarding cord safety or any window coverings issues.
Check out these websites for additional information:
In addition, WCSC provides consumers with free cord-retrofit kits via an on-line order form and its toll-free number at 1-800-506-4636