By: Julie Knight
Earlier this year, the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) announced a new window covering safety standards in coorperation with the Window Covering Manufacturers Association (WCMA). This standard, ANSI/WCMA A100.1-2018, will require that all stock products sold in stores and on line be cordless or have inaccessible cords.
By December 15, 2018, all products manufactured after this date must comply with this new standard. And, incident data shows that the revised safety standard would greatly reduce the number of strangulation risks to young children and pets from window covering cords.
Here are some of the new restrictions include:
- Tilt wand is the default and not a tilt cord
- Operating cords to have a default length of 40 percent of the blind length
- Each product will include a change in warning tags to more graphically depict the strangulation hazard.
All U.S window covering manufacturers, distributors or sellers must comply with the voluntary safety standards or they could be open to legal action or face enforcement action by the U.S. Consumer Protection Safety Commission.