Window treatments might not immediately come to mind as home safety hazards, but as recent media reports confirm, they could well be - especially if industry standards and government regulations are not followed.
On December 15th, 2009, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and the industry group Window Covering Safety Council (WCSC) announced that nearly 50 million potentially hazardous Roman-style window shades and roll-up blinds are the focus of a voluntary corrective action plan. This move was in response to a number of safety incidents involving children and window treatments since 2001, including five child deaths, and the near strangulation of 16 other children.
For your peace of mind, please be aware that all smith+noble window treatments conform to industry and government safety standards. Further, our installers are instructed not to install any of our products without their associated safety devices.
Additionally, we feel an obligation as a window covering industry leader to protect consumers and their loved ones from potential dangers by offering education and solutions that minimize or eliminate the risks.
Window cords can be hazardous, due to the risk that can occur when a child (or pet) accidentally becomes entangled with a dangling operating cord, or with the cords on the backside of some shade styles. For your peace of mind, please be aware that all smith+noble window treatments strictly conform with all industry and government safety standards. There are, however, additional steps you can take to further ensure your family's safety, including downloading our Child Safety Guide.
That's why the window coverings industry uses warning tags, warning labels, and other methods to communicate the potential hazards of corded window coverings. The warning shown here, for example, communicates the important message about cords being a potential strangulation hazard and suggests choosing cordless alternatives or products with inaccessible cords.
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