The Best For Kids Program
Cord safety in homes where young children are or may be present is a priority for the window covering industry. All window covering products must be manufactured in compliance with the ANSI/WCMA A100.1-2012 safety standard. The safety standard encourages continuous innovation as manufacturers and fabricators strive to provide the broadest range of products for the greatest range of consumers possible.
In an effort to help consumers easily identify products that are best suited for use in homes with young children, WCMA has created the Best for Kids certification program. This third party certification program specifies criteria to identify window covering products that are best suited for use in homes or in facilities in which young children are expected to be present. Products certified under this program will be eligible to be listed and labeled, on packaging and merchandising materials, as "certified". These products are easily identifiable for purchase by consumers, designers, landlords and child care facilities. This program will also allow retailers to easily promote these certified products.
Child safety is serious business.
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.
our commitment to safety
allen + roth window coverings meet the highest standards for safety and dependability. While protecting children from potentially dangerous situations can be challenging, preventing household situations from becoming hazardous is the first step to keeping your child safe. Parents should be aware that it is possible for children to become entangled in window covering cords. To reduce the risk of accidents, all cords must be kept out of the reach of children. Each of our product categories offer a variety of motorized, cordless and corded window treatments allowing you to choose the product that best meets your household needs and preferences.
We encourage you to learn more about window covering safety by visiting the link below.
Important Cord Safety Guidelines
The Window Covering Safety Council (WCSC) and the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) are urging parents and caregivers to check their window coverings for exposed or dangling cords that can pose a strangulation hazard to infants and young children, and to retrofit or replace them 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.
- Install only cordless window coverings in young children's bedrooms and sleeping areas. Replace window blinds, corded shades and draperies manufactured before 2001 with today's safer products.
- Repair window blinds, corded shades and draperies manufactured before 2001 with retrofit cord repair devices* or replace them with products made to the current safety standards.
- Move all cribs, beds, furniture and toys away from windows and window cords, preferably to another wall.
- 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. Make sure cord stops are properly installed and adjusted to limit 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.
* For a free retrofit kit, contact the Window Coverings Safety Council at www.windowcoverings.org or 1-800-506-4636.
custom window coverings safety features
|wood blinds||faux wood blinds||vertical blinds||cellular shades||horizontal shadings||vertical shadings||roller shades||roman shades||natural shades||pleated shades||panel tracks|
cords are anchored to wall,
out of reach of children
|control wand eliminates the need for cords and chains||+||+||+||+||+|
|cordless lift* eliminates lift cords for enhanced safety||+||+||+||+|
|cordless top down/bottom up*
lowers from the top or raises from the bottom without lift cords
|EZ lift clutch cord/chain loop is held taut by a safety tension device||+||+||+||+||+||+|
|continuous cord control cords are held taut by a safety tension device||+||+|
|motorized lift* cordless control, operates remotely||+||+||+||+||+|
*Cordless lift and motorized lift are a safer choice for children.