Manufacturers are Becoming Safer With Their Window Treatments

Dan Taylor

As of December 2018, all newly manufactured stock window treatments should be cord-free or have short, inaccessible pull cords. Sunburst welcomes 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 treatments. It should be noted that these requirements don’t recall used treatments, but, many in Atlanta have viewed the statement as a reason to replace their unsafe window coverings.


What Are The New Window Treatment Safety Standards?

For over 70 years, corded window treatments have been determined as one of the Top 5 Hidden Hazards In The Home by the Consumer Product Safety Commission. Children and infants can get tangled up in the cords, leading to injury or strangulation, with one study finding that that there were almost 17,000 window cord injuries over a fifteen-year period. Extra cord safety products, such as cord cleats and wind-ups, tried to make treatments safer, but consumers did not install them as much as anticipated.


What Do The Safety Regulations Cover?

Each stock (ready-made) window covering sold in stores or online must now be cordless or have inaccessible cords. This includes over 80% of all window covering products sold in the U.S. and Canada. Custom-made treatments do not have the same requirements; however, cords can only be 40% the length of the covering and must default to a tilt rod rather than a tilt cord. These requirements affect window coverings constructed after December 19, 2018, and previously made shades and blinds have not been recalled.

What Are Your Options For Cordless Window Treatments?

With the new standards, families are now looking at various cord-free choices when buying or replacing their corded coverings. Luckily, there are many options when it comes to cordless window treatments, such as:

  • Plantation Shutters: These popular treatments cover the window with large louvers and usually open by a center tilt-rod. Shutters are the sturdiest window covering option and are manufactured with either natural wood or a faux wood composite that won’t warp, crack, splinter, or chip. Plantation shutters have never employed a cord, so this product has always been considered child-safe.

Shutters in kitchen
  • Barn Door Window Coverings: Instead of raising vertically with a cord or tilt rod, barn door coverings attach to a track above the window and slide apart sideways. You can slide them a tad to have some light peek in, or open them to the edge of the track for a statement piece.

Atlanta barn door shutters
  • Cord-free Shades and Blinds: Some corded window treatments have changed their make-up and now use hidden cords that don’t dangle down. Other treatments use motors, which raise and lower coverings by remotes or voice commands. Different shades are set to their desired height by operating the bottom bar. These coverings come in a multitude of colors, textures, and patterns, and are even available in many 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 change out those corded window treatments with a more child-friendly treatment, your Atlanta Sunburst representative can help. We can bring you an array of cord-free choices, and we can guide you in finding one for your family. Set up your no cost in-home consultation by calling 404-962-8517 now.