Manufacturers are Becoming Safer With Their Window Treatments

Mike Horn

As of December 2018, newly manufactured stock window coverings should be cordless or have small, inaccessible pull cords. Sunburst applauds the announcement, as it comes after discussions between the Window Covering Manufacturers Association and the American National Standards Institute, and encompasses any pre-manufactured window coverings. It should be noted that these standards don’t recall already purchased window treatments, but, some people in New Brunswick have viewed the statement as an opportunity to change to cord-free window treatments.


What Are The New Window Treatment Safety Standards?

For over 70 years, window treatment cords have been deemed one of 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, causing injury or strangulation, with a report finding that that there were almost 17,000 window cord injuries during a fifteen-year period. Independent cord safety products, like cord shorteners and wind-ups, attempted to make treatments safer, but consumers did not utilize them as much as anticipated.


What Do The Safety Regulations Cover?

Each stock (ready-made) window treatment available in stores or online must now be cordless or have inaccessible cords. This includes over 80% of all window covering products marketed in the U.S. and Canada. Made-to-order treatments do not have the same restrictions; however, cords can only be 40% the length of the treatment and will default to a tilt rod rather than a tilt cord. These regulations are only on 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, people are now looking at various safer options when acquiring or replacing their window treatments. Luckily, there are different products that are cordless, such as:

  • Plantation Shutters: These fashionable treatments cover the window with large 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 used a cord, so this product has always been known for safety.

Shutters in kitchen
  • Barn Door Shutters: Instead of raising vertically via a cord or tilt rod, barn door shutters attach to a track above the window and slide side to side. You can part your barn doors a tad to have some light peek in, or open them to the edge of the track to frame your window.

New Brunswick barn door shutters
  • Cord-free Shades and Blinds: Some window treatments have modified their designs and now use inaccessible cords that won’t dangle down. Other treatments employ motors, which raise and lower treatments without touching the treatment. Some shades open and close to their desired height by operating the bottom bar. These treatments come in a variety of colors, textures, and patterns, and are offered in a variety of semi-translucent options that give you the feel of sheer draperies.

Blue dresser with shades above

Sunburst Can Help You Cut The Cord On Your Window Coverings

If you need to replace your corded window treatments with a safer treatment, your New Brunswick Sunburst representative is only a phone call away. We will show you an array of safe options, and we can assist you in finding one that works best for your rooms. Schedule your no cost in-home consultation by calling 732-301-6168 today.