SOURCE: WCSC

October 09, 2007 12:42 ET

Safety Campaign Reminds Parents and Caregivers of the Potential Dangers of Window Blind Cords

October Is National Window Covering Safety Month

NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwire - October 9, 2007) - October 1st kicked off the fifth annual National Window Covering Safety Month -- an educational campaign designed to raise awareness of the potential strangulation hazards that window cords can pose to young children. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission and the window covering industry are cosponsoring this campaign reminding parents to replace or retrofit corded blinds, shades and drapes purchased before 2001 with today's safer products.

According to information provided by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, since 1990 more than 200 infants and young children have died from accidentally strangling in window cords.

"Parents that replace their older window coverings with the new products available can feel more confident about their child's safety, as cord-safety features are now built into window coverings," explains Window Covering Safety Council (WCSC) Executive Director, Peter Rush. "We also recommend that parents install cordless window coverings in children's bedrooms and play areas."

Consumers wishing to retrofit rather than replace their older window coverings can order free retrofit devices through WCSC's website at www.windowcoverings.org or its toll-free phone line at 1-800-506-4636.

In recent years, the window covering industry has redesigned its corded products and developed cord-safety standards to respond to child strangulation concerns. However, millions of older corded window coverings have not been retrofitted by consumers, and many new parents are sometimes unaware of potential cord dangers.

National Window Covering Safety Month will emphasize the following basic window-cord safety rules from WCSC:

--  Install cordless window coverings in children's bedrooms and play
    areas.   Replace window blinds, corded shades and draperies manufactured
    before 2001 with today's safer products.
--  Move all cribs, beds, furniture and toys away from windows and window
    cords, preferably to another wall.
--  Keep all window pull cords and inner lift cords out of the reach of
    children.  Make sure that tasseled pull cords are short and continuous-loop
    cords are permanently anchored to the floor or wall.  Make sure cord stops
    are properly installed and adjusted to limit movement of inner lift cords.
--  Lock cords into position whenever horizontal blinds or shades are
    lowered, including when they come to rest on a windowsill.
    

The Window Covering Safety Council is a coalition of major U.S. manufacturers, importers and retailers of window coverings. The Council has been instrumental in the industry's redesign of corded products, supporting the national ANSI/WCMA standard for the safety of corded window coverings, and encouraging the use of cordless products in children's rooms and play areas. Consumers wishing to retrofit rather than replace their older window coverings can order free retrofit devices through WCSC's website at www.windowcoverings.org or its toll-free phone line at 1-800-506-4636.

Note to Editors: Line illustrations and captions describing how to retrofit older window blinds can be downloaded at http://www.windowcoverings.org/media.

Contact Information

  • Contacts:
    Cara Clinton
    (212) 297-2100