New Child Safety Law Prohibiting Cords on Window Treatments!
Corded Window Treatments bannded from the marketplace as of December 15, 2018!!
- New Child Safety Law
- The new safety standard, ANSI/WCMA A100.1-2018, announced by the Window Coverings Manufacturers Association (WCMA) requires that the vast majority of window covering products in both the United States and Canada to be cordless or have inaccessible or short cords.
- According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), incident data shows that off-the-shelf and online products, which account for more than 80% of all window treatment sales, would have the most significant and immediate impact on reducing the risk to child strangulation.
- Are Corded Window Treatments Still Available?
- Corded window treatments are still available on custom order products, as corded products are still needed by a wide range of customers; the elderly and those with disabilities, those short in stature, and those with hard to reach windows.
- With the new regulation, cords on custom made products can be no longer than 40% of the total length of the window treatment and if a tilt function is required, then this would be done with a wand in place of the cords.
- Who Must Comply?
- All companies who manufacture, distribute or sell window coverings in the United States. Otherwise, they can face legal action by the CPSC.
- Although it is not required that home owners purchase new window treatments with the new compliance but WCMA does recommend it.
For more detailed information, you can visit www.wcmanet.org