Cord Safety Features
- Tension pulleys and tie-down devices to keep continuous-loop pull cords taut
- Tassel ends on lift cords that reduce any risk of entanglement
- Cord stops on horizontal blinds that prevent internal cords from slipping through the louvers
- Cordless lift and motorized lift options that offer ultimate safety‒eliminating the standard cord that could strangle children or pets
Cord Safety Guidelines
The Window Covering Safety Council urges parents and caregivers to check all windows for potential cord hazards and make the necessary safety updates:
- Install only cordless window coverings in bedrooms and sleeping areas for young children.
- Replace window blinds, corded shades, and draperies manufactured before 2001 with products that meet updated safety standards.
- If replacement is not possible, repair window blinds, corded shades, and draperies manufactured before 2001 with retrofit cord kits, by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or call 604-501-1388.
- Move all cribs, beds, furniture, and toys away from windows and cords. Keep all window pull cords and inner lift cords out of children’s reach. Make sure that tasseled pull cords are short and continuous-loop cords are permanently anchored to the floor or wall. Cord stops must be properly installed and adjusted to limit the movement of inner lift cords.
- Lock cords into position whenever horizontal blinds or shades are lowered, including when they come to rest on a window sill.