Manufacturers are Becoming Safer With Their Window Treatments

Eric Ramsey

As of December 2018, all newly manufactured stock window treatments should be cord-free or have small, 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 includes any pre-manufactured window coverings. And while the new safety requirements don’t recall old corded treatments, many in Destin have used the regulations as an opportunity to change out their corded window treatments.


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 entangled in the cords, leading to injury or strangulation, with one report finding that that there were almost 17,000 window cord injuries during a fifteen-year period. External cord safety products, like cord shorteners and wind-ups, tried to make treatments safer, but people did not install them as much as expected.


What Do The Safety Regulations Cover?

Each stock (ready-made) window covering made for stores or online needs to now be cord-free or have inaccessible cords. This involves over 80% of all window treatment products purchased in the United States and Canada. Made-to-order coverings will not have the same restrictions; however, cords can only be 40% the length of the treatment and should default to a tilt rod rather than a tilt cord. These regulations only affect window treatments constructed after December 19, 2018, and current treatments have not been recalled.

What Are Your Options For Cordless Window Treatments?

With the new safety requirements, consumers are now pursuing the entire range of safer choices when acquiring or replacing their corded coverings. Luckily, there are a lot of choices when it comes to cordless window treatments, such as:

  • Plantation Shutters: These family-friendly 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 real wood or a faux wood composite that doesn’t warp, crack, splinter, or chip. Plantation shutters have always been cordless, so this product has always been considered child-safe.

Shutters in kitchen
  • Barn Door Window Coverings: Instead of opening up and down with a cord or tilt rod, barn door coverings attach to a track above the window frame and slide apart sideways. You can slide your barn doors a little to let light through, or open them completely apart for a different look.

Destin barn door shutters
  • Cordless Shades and Blinds: Some window treatments have altered their mechanics and now use internal cords that shouldn’t hang loose. Others employ motors, which manipulate coverings without touching the treatment. Many shades open and close to their desired height by operating the bottom bar. These shades are available in a multitude of colors, textures, and patterns, and has many semi-translucent models that offer the same ambiance of sheer draperies.

Blue dresser with shades above

Sunburst Can Help You Cut The Cord On Window Treatments

If you’re looking to replace your corded shades and blinds with a safer treatment, your Destin Sunburst representative is only a phone call away. We can bring you a vast selection of safe choices, and we can assist you in finding one for your family. Schedule your no cost in-home consultation by calling 850-203-0419 now.