Manufacturers are Becoming Safer With Their Window Treatments02/04/2019Tyler Jorgensen As of December 2018, all newly manufactured stock window treatments should be cord-free or have compact, inaccessible pull cords. Sunburst applauds this decision, as it comes after negotiations between the Window Covering Manufacturers Association and the American National Standards Institute, and covers any pre-manufactured window coverings. And while the new safety standards don’t recall old corded treatments, some people in San Antonio have viewed the announcement as an opportunity to go with a safer option. Why The New Window Treatment Safety Standards? For over 70 years, cords on window treatments have been included in the Top 5 Hidden Hazards In The Home by the Consumer Product Safety Commission. Toddlers and infants can get entangled 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. Extra cord safety products, such as cord shorteners and wind-ups, tried to solve the problem, but consumers did not utilize them as manufacturers anticipated. What Do The Safety Regulations Cover? Every stock (ready-made) window treatment made for stores or online must now be cordless or have inaccessible cords. This accounts for over 80% of all window treatment products purchased in the United States and Canada. Custom-made window treatments do not have the same constraints; however, cords can only hang down to 40% the length of the treatment and must default to a tilt rod rather than a tilt cord. These regulations are only on window treatments constructed after December 19, 2018, and current coverings have not been recalled. What Are Your Choices Regarding Cordless Window Treatments? With the new standards, families are now pursuing various cordless options when acquiring or replacing their corded coverings. Let’s look at a few cord-free options: Plantation Shutters: These popular window treatments cover the window with thick louvers and usually employ a center tilt-rod. Plantation Shutters are the sturdiest window covering option and are made with either solid wood or a faux wood composite that doesn’t warp, crack, splinter, or chip. Plantation shutters have always been free of cords, so these treatments have always been known for safety. Barn Door Window Coverings: Instead of opening up and down using a cord or tilt rod, barn door shutters attach to a track above the window and slide apart sideways. You can part your barn doors a tad to bring in some light, or slide them to the edge of the track to frame your window. Cord-free Shades and Blinds: Some shades and blinds have modified their mechanics so they can use hidden cords that won’t dangle down. Other treatments operate by motors, which raise and lower coverings by remotes or voice commands. Different shades open and close to their desired height by tugging the bottom bar. These coverings are available in different colors, textures, and patterns, and are offered in several semi-translucent fabrics that give you the feel of sheer draperies. Let Sunburst Help You Cut The Cord On Your Window Coverings If you need to replace your corded hazards with a safer option, your San Antonio Sunburst representative can help. We can bring you many safe window treatments, and we can assist you in finding one that looks great in your windows. Book your free in-home consultation by calling 210-876-0377 now.