The Window Covering Manufacturers Association (WCMA) recently approved a new standard in window covering safety. The update to the standard was developed in strict accordance with the American National Standards Institute’s (ANSI) essential requirements.

To follow are the updates that strengthen the industry’s safety standard:

• Added requirements for durability and performance testing of the tension/hold down devices, including new requirements for anchoring, specific installation instructions and warnings
• A way to address new innovations for controlling cords that do not use tension devices
• New requirements for products that rely on “wide lift bands” to raise and lower window coverings
• Adding warning label and pictograms on the outside of stock packaging and merchandising materials for corded products
• New and improved testing requirements for cord accessibility, hazardous loop testing, roll-up style shade performance, and durability testing of all safety devices.

There are many styles of window coverings available to homeowners today, but some window treatments that are perfectly safe for an adult may pose a tempting hazard to infants and toddlers who view dangling cords as playthings and can become entangled.

A window coverings franchise like Budget Blinds, offers cordless blinds, motorized shades, retractable lift cord, cord cleat and wand control systems to not only help make window coverings more convenient and manageable, but more importantly, make them safer for children.

“We recommend cordless window treatments for homes where small children are present,” said Tracy Christman, Vice President of Vendor Alliance at Budget Blinds.
“Because cords pose a potential strangulation hazard to small children and pets, cordless treatments like shutters, motorized roller shades, and cordless cellular shades are recommended for homes where small children are present because they increase safety by eliminating cords.”

To learn more in detail about the updated standard on window-covering safety, please visit www.wcmanet.org.
*Source: Window Covering Manufacturers Association (WCMA)