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CORD STANGULATION

Posted on: May 3, 2019

I would like to take a moment to talk about an important issue.  The Consumer Product Safety Commission, Window Coverings Manufacturer’s Association and the Window Covering Safety Council, in conjunction with all major manufacturers of blinds, has entered into a voluntary agreement to transition away from corded blinds.

The agreement means that most Aluminum Blinds, 1” Wood/Faux Wood and 2” Wood/Faux Wood Blinds sold today have to be cordless.  There are Custom Order exceptions for special circumstances and for handicap access issues, but no corded product will be fabricated with cords longer than 40% of the length of the blind.  Other products with continuous cord loops have to have their cords and chains secured by being screwed to a wall.

Blinds Plus has made the corporate decision to discontinue selling all corded blinds.  We feel that the risk to one child is one child too many.  Between 1990 and 2015 nearly 17,000 children were injured by blind cords. While most of these injuries were minor, some were serious and almost 300 children died from strangulation related to blind cords.  There are all sorts of options for cordless products in the market today so it just makes sense to move to selling those products and limiting the exposure of our customers and their families to this risk.

https://www.cpsc.gov/content/the-number-of-children-who-strangle-in-window-cords-has-been-under-reported-according-to-a

https://consumerfed.org/press_release/new-study-shows-children-injured-window-covering-cords/

I know that this is a decision that limits our ability to cover larger and longer windows.  I know that the cost of these products are a little higher than there counterpart corded products, but we can always find a solution that meets the needs of our clients.  We can cover their large windows with other products that do not have cords and are still aesthetically pleasing.  Motorization is another solution for large and high up windows with no cords involved.

We care about each and every one of our customers and their families and hope to sell products that they are proud to show to their friends and family.  We provide products that give good value and enhance the value of your home.

 Please call to schedule a FREE consultation to discuss your options.