That’s why the window coverings industry uses warning tags, warning labels, and other methods to communicate the potential hazards of corded window coverings. The warning shown here, for example, communicates the important message about cords being a potential strangulation hazard and suggests choosing cordless alternatives or products with inaccessible cords.
Our window covering products are designed for safety and dependability. Preventing household situations from becoming hazardous is the first step to keeping your child safe. Parents AND caregivers should be aware that it is possible for children to become entangled in window covering cords. To reduce the risk of accidents, all cords should be kept out of the reach of children. Each of our product categories offer a variety of motorized, cordless and corded window treatments allowing you to choose the product that best meets your household needs and preferences.
Our Selection of Safety Features
- Cordless Lift System - pull lift cords are eliminated for increased safety.
- Motorization - pull lift cords are eliminated for increased safety.
- Continuous Loop Lift System - cords are kept at a constant length so they can’t puddle on the floor when window treatment is raised. The cord loop is fastened to a cord tension device that is designed to be permanently anchored to the wall to reduce the possibility of children becoming entangled in the cord.
- Plantation Shutters that dont have any type of cords.
- Cordless window coverings are recommended in young children’s bedrooms and sleeping areas. Replace window blinds, corded shades and draperies manufactured before 2001 with today’s safer products.
- Retrofit window blinds, corded shades and draperies manufactured
before 2001 with cord retrofit devices http://goo.gl/TfyIhY or replace them with products
made to the current safety standards.
- Do not leave curtain and blind cords hanging. Keep the cords out of the reach of children.
- If you already have blinds, make sure that they are safe by eliminating any looped cords.
- Cut the cords short. Tie the cord to itself. Whether the blind is up or down, make sure children can't reach the cord.
- Keep sofas, chairs, tables, shelves or bookcases away from windows to prevent children from climbing up to reach the curtain or blind cord.
**Use a clip, clothes pin, big twist tie, or tie the cord to itself with a knot to keep the cord out of the reach of children.
**Get rid of the loop in the cord by cutting the cord in half. Then, put plastic tassels or a break-away device at the end of the cords. Even with this adjustment, the cords can still be unsafe. Cords should still also be secured out of a child's reach. Please note not all lift styles can be adjusted this way.
|**Wrap the cord around a cleat that you have attached to the wall near the top of the curtains or blinds. To protect your children, Royal Crest is pleased to provide upon request cord cleats free of charge with every shade that we manufacture.|
For a free retrofit kit, contact the Window Coverings Safety Council at 1-800-506-4636
None of these precautions are 100% full-proof, and should not be considered an alternative to direct parental supervision. All cord safety it ultimately the responsibility of the parent.