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THE NEW AMERICAN NATIONAL STANDARD FOR SAFETY OF WINDOW COVERING PRODUCTS AND WHAT WE SHOULD KNOW.

Corded romanTHE NEW AMERICAN NATIONAL STANDARD FOR SAFETY OF WINDOW COVERING PRODUCTS AND WHAT WE SHOULD KNOW.

Effective December 15, 2018 a new safety standard went into effective concerning child safety for window coverings.  This new standard will have the biggest impact to window coverings with the corded lift and corded tilt product lines.  We will discuss why this is important, what is affected and the options for products that meet the standard.

  1. Why is it important:

Because according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission corded window coverings are one of the top five hidden hazards in our homes, for our infants and children to accidentally become entangled in the window blind cords.  With corded window treatments making this top 5 hidden hazards why wouldn’t we want to protect our kids from this danger as kids are curious and will want to check out the cords.  One child lost to an accident is one to many.

  1. How this affects the current window covering products:

What the new standard is doing is creating a standard that defines how a corded product is manufactured.  For stock window treatments, it removes the corded lift and corded tilt window coverings from the current offering and replaces them with cordless lift and wand tilt.  Stock window treatments are the ones where you go to your local home improvement store provide them a measurement, they cut them to your requirement, and you go home with them that day.  For custom blinds that are custom manufactured to fit a window, corded lift and corded tilt window treatments can still be manufactured.  These are manufactured with the length of the cord being set at a default of 40% of the height of the window and can be overridden to be longer.  Why would this be allowed on a custom blind?  Because there is still a need for them for tall windows, hard to reach windows or for a person who physically can’t reach the top of the window.   Made in the Shade is a custom window treatment provider.

  1. The options outside of a corded window covering:
  • First is a cordless lift where the owner simply raises and lowers and raises the window covering by pulling down or pushing up on the window covering.For a blind the tilt control is controlled by a wand.
  • Second is a lift and lock system. Like the cordless lift, the window covering is raised or lowered by pulling down or pushing up except there is a button that one pushes to allow for it to raise or lower.  This allows for the owner to lock the window covering at a set height so that it is not accidently raised or lowered.  The blind is also wand controlled for the tilt like the cordless lift.
  • Third is motorization where the window treatment is raised or lowered by a motor. On a blind only the tilt function can be motorized, and the lift system is manual. Motorization can be controlled by a remote control or tied into home automation.

For more information contact us and we will be happy to explain the options and to schedule an in-house consultation.