SOURCE: Window Covering Safety Council

April 24, 2008 12:30 ET

Parents Reminded to Check Their Window Coverings

NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwire - April 24, 2008) - The Window Covering Safety Council is reminding parents and caregivers of potential window-cord dangers and urging them to make the right choice and only use cordless window products in young children's bedrooms. Owners and renters should replace all window coverings in the home made 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 who replace their window coverings with the cordless products available can feel more confident about their child's safety," explains Window Covering Safety Council (WCSC) Executive Director, Peter Rush.

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.

To maximize window-cord safety when young children are present, consumers are urged to follow these safety guidelines:

--  Install only cordless window coverings in young 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. Consumers wishing to obtain additional information can contact WCSC at www.windowcoverings.org or its toll-free phone line at 1-800-506-4636.

Contact Information

  • Contacts:
    Kristen Kurtz
    (212) 297-2100