It's 2019, which means all standard model window blinds will now be cordless. The small change from corded to cordless blinds makes a big impact on child and pet safety. Since there is no cord, there is no chance of strangulation or injury to little ones. Cordless blinds also improve the appeal of your business while helping to protect its reputation and bottom line.
The Window Covering Manufacturers Association worked with
the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) to develop the new industry standard, which requires most window covering products sold in the United States and Canada to be cordless or have inaccessible or short cords. This new standard is an innovative, safety-driven design that improves upon the classics bringing a cleaner look, ease of installation and operation, along with child-safe functionality.
Can't Cut the Cord?
While corded blinds can be used in custom-made window coverings, we recommend replacing corded blinds with cordless models to protect pets and children. If you cannot replace corded blinds with cordless:
- Discuss the hidden dangers of corded blinds with staff, clients and residents
- Shorten cords, links and tassels to put them out of reach of little hands and paws
- Permanently anchor all looped cords to the floor or wall
- Retrofit dangerous cords
- Cut looped cords above the tassel
Cordless blinds have been on the market, but they are now becoming more widely available. In fact, these budget-, child- and pet-friendly blinds are quickly replacing almost all other coverings sold in North America. The easy availability of cordless blinds, as well as their parts, means more selection and less costs for your business.
More Reasons to Choose Cordless Blinds
- Cost less to install and maintain due to internal cord
- Hidden cord is safer for children and pets
- Cost less than custom corded blinds due to an increased supply
- Last as long - if not longer - than corded blinds
- Easy to operate
For help with your cordless transition, contact us today!
Cordless Blinds FAQ
- When will the new standard go into effect?
- What about all the corded blinds that are still stocked?
- What does the new standard do?
- Why aren't custom products required to be cordless?
- What are other updates from the last version of the safety standard?
- Because they are voluntary standards, does the mean compliance is not mandatory?
- What products are covered under the new standard?
- Where can I get more information?
A: This standard has been in effect since December 15, 2018.
A: Corded blinds that are still in inventory will be sold until stock is no longer available.
A: The new safety standard, ANSI/WCMA A100.1-2018, will ensure that a vast majority of window covering products sold
in the United States and Canada will be cordless or have inaccessible or short cords by requiring that all stock
products sold in stores and online—which account for more than 80 percent of all window covering products sold
in the U.S. and Canada—to be cordless or have inaccessible cords. This approach is supported by a review of the
hazard data that shows that a vast majority of incidents related to corded window coverings identified by the U.S.
Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) take place on stock products.
A: At this time, cordless products do not meet all the needs and desires of all consumers, including the elderly and
users with disabilities. As a result, manufacturers need to be able to sell corded products to satisfy the needs of
these customers and to certain applications. When purchasing custom products, a consumer is required to interact
with a salesperson, installation specialist or online information and warnings, which provides window covering
safety information, specifically regarding the fact that consumers should not use corded products in homes with
young children. It should also be noted that many cordless options already exist for custom products.
A: The revised standard imposes new restrictions on these custom-order products such as requiring operating cords to
have a default length of 40% of the blind height [currently it is unlimited] and a default to a tilt wand instead of a tilt
cord. The new safety standard also includes a change in warning tags to more graphically depict the strangulation
A: No. All companies who manufacture, distribute or sell window coverings in the U.S. must comply with the voluntary safety standards or face enforcement action by the CPSC and/or be open to legal action if noncompliant products are sold. Almost all consumer products have voluntary rather than mandatory safety standards. “Voluntary” simply signifies that industry worked cooperatively with the CPSC, safety experts, and others under the auspices of ANSI to develop the standard.
A: The standard applies to all types of window coverings sold or manufactured in the U.S. by all participants in the
window coverings industry.
A: For information on the Window Covering Safety Council's ongoing national public education campaign, visit www.windowcoverings.org.