Safety First. Style Second to None.®
WINDOW TREATMENTS DESIGNED FOR CHILD & PET SAFETY
Every Smith & Noble window treatment meets or exceeds stringent industry and government safety guidelines. For homes with small children and pets, there’s no better way to eliminate risk than to use one of our cordless or motorized products. Whatever your needs, safety comes first. But with Smith & Noble, style is always top notch.
CERTIFIED BEST FOR KIDS
In an effort to help consumers easily identify products that are best suited for use in homes with young children, the Window Covering Manufacturers Association (WCMA) has created the Best For Kids certification program. Many of our Child Safe window treatments meet the stringent criteria and have been Certified by third party testing laboratories recognized by the WCMA. Just look for the Best For Kids seal. We are committed to offering Child Safe treatments and the peace of mind that comes along with knowing the product you choose is the safest available. Download our Child Safety Guide to learn more.
THE RISK OF UNSAFE TREATMENTS
The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has determined that corded window coverings are one of the top five hidden hazards in American homes, with infants and children dying each year from accidental strangling in window cords. Some of these incidents involve older products that are still in use but don’t have the safety devices or designs instituted in the past decade.
Smith & Noble is an active member of the Window Covering Safety Council (WCSC), and we feel an obligation as a window covering industry leader to protect consumers from potential dangers by offering education and solutions that minimize or eliminate the risks
We urge you to retrofit or replace any potentially dangerous window coverings with today’s safer products. WCSC and CPSC recommend that only cordless window coverings, or those with inaccessible cords, be used in homes with young children.
OPERATING CORD LENGTH SAFETY STANDARDS
The WCMA has revised window covering safety standards to require all custom products with accessible operating cords which are free hanging (not restrained) to have a default length of 40% of the blind height 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 hazard. Custom lengths are not available for Top Down/Bottom Up window shades or shades with retractable cords.
Revised Merchandising Warning
Revised Bottom Rail Label For Shades & Blinds
TIPS ON MAKING YOUR WINDOWS SAFE
In conjunction with the Window Covering Safety Council (WCSC) and the U.S. Consumer Products Safety Commission (CPSC), we urge parents and caregivers to check window coverings, as they can pose a strangulation risk to infants and young children, if they have exposed or dangling cords. Here are a few things you can do to make sure your home is safe.
- Move all furniture, cribs, beds and climbable surfaces away from windows
- Install only cordless window coverings in homes with young children
- Make sure tasseled pull cords are as short as possible.
- Continuous-loop pull cords on draperies and vertical blinds should be pulled tight and anchored to the floor or wall.
- Be sure cord stops are properly installed and adjusted to limit inner-cord movement
- Keep all window cords well out of the reach of children