As one of the top five hidden home hazards for children, window blind cords pose a serious threat to the safety of babies and toddlers. In 2018, the Journal of Pediatrics published a study about pediatric injuries related to window blinds, shades, and cords. According to the study, 271 deaths occurred in children under six years old due to window cord strangulation between 1990 and 2015. Additionally, during that time period, there were 726 window cord strangulation cases resulting in hospitalization.
The Window Covering Manufacturers Association (WCMA) revised its standards in 2018 to require all window covering stock products to be cordless or have inaccessible cords. In an effort to spread awareness among parents and caregivers about the dangers of window covering cords, the Window Covering Safety Council (WCSC) instituted National Window Covering Safety Month during the month of October. Furthermore, the WCSC urges homeowners to replace all cord-operated window coverings with cordless or inaccessible cord operation.
Current Guidelines for Window Treatment Safety
The Window Covering Safety Council’s guidelines for improved window treatment safety are simple. Replace your cord-operated window coverings with window treatments utilizing cordless operation or out-of-reach cords. Additionally, move cribs, chairs, beds, and other furniture away from windows with cord-operated coverings. Removing children’s access to window covering cords reduces the risk of cord-related injuries and deaths in your home.
Window Treatment Safety for Pets
In addition to posing a hazard for small children, window covering cords also endanger pets. As inherently curious creatures, dogs and cats may enjoy playing with loose cords. If the cord becomes wrapped around the animal’s leg or neck, injury and even death may occur. As a result, transitioning to cordless window treatments benefits your furry family members as well.
Upgrade to Cordless Window Treatments
Fortunately, there are many functional and beautiful window treatment options that comply with WCSC guidelines. If your home’s window treatments utilize cord operation, there’s no better time to upgrade to cordless than National Window Covering Safety Month.
At Specialty Drapery, we offer a wide variety of shades, blinds, drapes, and shutters with cordless operation. Utilizing Somfy-powered motorization, you can control your window treatments with the flip of a switch or touch of a button. You can even choreograph your window coverings to open and close based on time and light triggers. Easily integrated with other technologies, such as your lighting, sound system, and even television, our motorized window treatment solutions offer luxurious comfort in addition to enhanced safety. Allow Specialty Drapery to help you kid- and pet-proof your window treatments in style this Window Covering Safety Month.
Since 1967, Specialty Drapery has provided the highest quality of window treatment solutions to the Mid-Atlantic region. We pride ourselves on our attention to detail and relentless pursuit of customer delight. Contact us to schedule your design consultation.