The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has banned window covering cords beginning on December 15th, 2018. Products that consumers can pick up in a retail store or order online as ready-made will not contain hazardous cords if the product is compliant with the ANSI/WCMA A100.1–2018 standard. U.S. CPSC also recommends the following safety tips to ensure the safety of infants and young children from window cord strangulation:
- Move all cribs, beds, furniture and toys away from windows and window cords, preferably to another wall.
- Make sure that tasseled pull cords are as short as possible.
- Keep all window cords well out of the reach of children. Eliminate any dangling cords.
- Check that cord stops are properly installed and adjusted to limit the movement of inner lift cords.
- Continuous-loop cords on draperies and vertical blinds should be permanently anchored to the floor or wall.
CPSC also recommends replacement of corded window coverings with cordless ones to prevent strangulation hazards.
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