Best for Kids Buying Guide
Are Your Window Coverings Safe?
Did you know that window cords can pose a potential strangulation hazard to infants and young children? According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), corded window coverings are among the top five hidden hazards in American homes that can lead to serious injuries and even death. That’s why safety experts recommend using only cordless window coverings in homes and facilities where young children are present.
Kids and cords don’t mix. That’s why SelectBlinds is committed to kids safety. We’re the only retailer to offer a cordless option on all of our window shades and blinds, and many where cordless comes standard at no additional cost. Cordless is the safest kind of lift system for environments with young children (and fur babies, too). That’s why we’re proud that so many of our cordless lift systems have earned the Parents for Window Blind Safety (PFWBS) Seal of Approval and are Certified Best for Kids by the Window Covering Manufacturers Association (WCMA).
These two organizations are at the forefront of raising awareness and educating consumers, manufacturers, retailers and legislators about window covering safety standards. Both the WCMA and PFWBS have created programs to help prevent needless tragedies by teaching parents and families how to identify which cordless window products meet and are in compliance with current safety standards. These include criteria set forth in the Trilateral Request of the U.S. CPSC, Health Canada and the European Commission as part of the 2012 standards updating process, in addition to the ANSI/WCMA 100.1-2012 standard.
In order for a product to be certified in the WCMA’s Best for Kids program, the window covering is sent to a third-party facility for extensive testing. It is then checked to see if it is cordless, or if it has internal cords that could pose a threat to young children. Before giving the Parents for Window Blind Safety “Seal of Approval,” the product is sent to the PFWBS Testing Committee for evaluation and review. The committee reviews independent safety testing from accredited consumer testing labs and other groups to determine if the product meets the PFWBS first-class safety criteria requiring that all cords be inaccessible.
To do our part in educating our customers on window covering safety, see how you can open a window to saving lives by joining the #GoCordless Movement. Also, as you shop here at SelectBlinds, if you select a corded or non-compliant product, you’ll be prompted with the following message:
Corded window coverings are dangerous strangulation hazards. If you have young children or pets at home, please consider a cordless lift system instead.
We hope you take this advice to heart. Here’s something else you can do. Check your window coverings now for exposed or dangling cords, and retrofit or replace them with today’s safer products. If you do have corded window coverings you want to keep, be sure to check these child safety updates and download our top five safety tips for protecting little ones.
Get peace of mind knowing you’re doing everything you can to protect and safeguard the children in your life without compromising style for safety. Here are just a few of the product categories you’ll find when browsing our site for Best for Kids and PFWBS-approved products. Just remember to select a cordless lift system when ordering.
Cordless honeycomb shades don’t have any external cords. Because these shades are made from multiple layers of fabric, the internal cords are inaccessible, making them safe for children of all ages. And if you like natural light but you still want your privacy, cordless top down/bottom up cellular shades are perfect. You can open the top while keeping the bottom lowered, making them perfect for every room in your home, including your child’s room.
Cordless roman shades don’t have visible cords on the front side of the shade. However, there are cords on the back of the shades. These cords allow the shade to be raised and lowered. Because roman shades do have cords on the back, they were tested to see if the cord could be pulled on to create a loop. Because the cords are secured tightly to the fabric, no loops can be created, which makes them safe for children and eligible for the Best for Kids program.
Because of the roll mechanism at the top of these shades, you don’t need a cord to raise and lower them. You can even choose a standard roll headrail or a reverse roll headrail, depending on your preference. With roller shades, you never have to worry about your children getting tangled in cords.