New CPSC Rules Calls For Cordless Window Blinds And Shades

New CPSC Rules Calls For Cordless Window Blinds And Shades

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission created this rule to urge manufacturers to follow the new and evolving standards that are aimed directly at keeping children safe. CPSC Rules Calling For Cordless Window Blinds And Shades Goes went into Effect on December 15, 2018.

CPSC data has indicated that 184 children were strangled to death between 1996 and 2012. More than 100 children sustained severe injuries, many resulted in permanent brain damage, scarring and permanent loss of mobility.

Earlier this year, the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) approved a separate window covering standard which requires any stock or substantially fabricated window covering to be cordless or have inaccessible cords that cannot measure over eight inches in length. The standards also apply to custom-order blinds and window coverings that will require a tilt wand if the cords are over 8 inches long.

These laws were created largely as result of advocacy groups such as pfwbs. Royal Window Treatments sells many different types of cordless blinds.

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Blind Safety for Children and Pets

Blind Safety for Children and Pets

Royal Window Treatments is now offering a guide on blind safety. Most people are unaware that there have been 600 reported cases of death in the US due to window cord strangulation since 1986.

Of those deaths 59% were when Safety Tassel, breakaway cord consolidators were used, 24 percent were with soft window coverings such as roll up shades and drapery, 17 percent were with vertical blinds when safety devices were not installed or broken. These facts and statistics are from the organisation, Parents For Window Blinds Safety found on http://pfwbs.org.

The solution is if you have children or pets are around you can use most types of Roller Shades such as our UltroGlide single retractable cord system or Lite-rise system. If you are going to use regular vertical blinds make sure they’re installed properly and have no loose strings longer then 5 inches.

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