Manufacturers are Cutting the Cord on Their Window Treatments02/04/2019George Christ As of December 2018, all newly manufactured stock window treatments should not use cords or have compact, inaccessible pull cords. Sunburst embraces these regulations, as it comes after conversations between the Window Covering Manufacturers Association and the American National Standards Institute, and includes any pre-manufactured window coverings. And while the new safety standards don’t recall corded blinds or shades, some people in Minneapolis have used the regulations as a reason to choose a safer option. Why The New Window Treatment Safety Standards? In the past few decades, corded window treatments have been included in the Top 5 Hidden Hazards In The Home by the Consumer Product Safety Commission. Young children and infants can get intertwined in the cords, resulting in injury or strangulation, with a report finding that that there were almost 17,000 window cord injuries during a fifteen-year period. Independent cord safety products, like cord cleats and fasteners, tried to alleviate the hazard, but consumers did not utilize them as much as expected. What Do The New Requirements Cover? Every stock (ready-made) window treatment made for stores or online must now be cordless or have inaccessible cords. This includes over 80% of all window covering products sold in the United States and Canada. Made-to-order window treatments do not have the same constraints; however, cords can only hang down to 40% the length of the treatment and should default to a tilt rod instead of a tilt cord. These standards are only on window coverings made after December 19, 2018, and current shades and blinds have not been recalled. What Are Your Choices Regarding Cordless Window Treatments? With the new safety requirements, people are now pursuing the entire range of cord-free choices when buying or replacing their corded coverings. Luckily, there are different products that have no cords, such as: Plantation Shutters: These popular treatments cover the window with sturdy louvers and usually utilize a center tilt-rod. Shutters have been know as the longest-lasting window treatment and are manufactured with either real wood or a faux wood composite that won’t warp, crack, splinter, or chip. There has never been a corded plantation shutter, so this product has always been considered child-safe. Barn Door Shutters: Instead of opening vertically via a cord or tilt rod, barn door shutters attach to a track over the window frame and slide apart sideways. You can open them a tad to bring in some light, or open them to the edge of the track to frame your window. Cord-free Shades and Blinds: Some window treatments have altered their mechanics to employ internal cords that won’t pose a hazard. Other treatments employ motors, which raise and lower coverings by remotes or voice commands. Many shades open and close to their needed position by operating the bottom bar. These coverings are available in a variety of colors, textures, and patterns, and are offered in a variety of semi-translucent models that offer the same ambiance of sheer draperies. Sunburst Can Help You Cut The Cord On Your Window Coverings If you need to replace your corded hazards with a more child-friendly choice, your Minneapolis Sunburst representative can help. We will show you many safe choices, and we can guide you in finding one that works best for your rooms. Set up your free in-home consultation by calling 952-856-8130 now.