Currently every window blinds product in our inventory has safety options available and often a free cordless upgrade. Also our blinds offer tassel cord consolidators which keep cords from being pulled back into the blind. The cords also break apart and release when force is exerted in the downward direction.
(Vocus) December 18, 2009
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) in the midst of instituting one of the largest window blinds recall in history. The recall applies to nearly every roman blind and/or shade available. The products are being called into question due to increased concern regarding child safety issues; specifically child strangulation.
"At Blinds Chalet we have been working closely with each of our manufacturers as well as the Consumer Product Safety Commission and the American National Standard for Safety of Corded Window Covering Products to ensure the window blinds products we sell meet safety standards," says Chris Stanley of Blinds Chalet. "Currently every window blinds product in our inventory has safety options available and often a free cordless upgrade. Also our blinds offer tassel cord consolidators which keep cords from being pulled back into the blind. The cords also break apart and release when force is exerted in the downward direction."
Reportedly the massive recall was found necessary after the CPSC tracked 16 near strangulations in addition to 5 fatal strangulations. Millions of products have already been recalled by brand, but this final recall has a much wider scope and incorporates the roman blinds regardless of brand distinctions.
The Window Covering Safety Council (WCSC) is in support of the window blinds recall. This organization actively identifies safety issues in relation to window treatments and offers solutions. According to the WCSC records there have been approximately 200 infant and children deaths since 1990 that are directly related to cords from window treatments.
Blinds Chalet suggests general safety measures that homeowners should consider include:
1. Examining all window coverings for exposed cords that could pose a danger to children.
2. Installing cordless products when possible.
3. Arranging furniture so that there are no large pieces near windows.
4. Installing tension devices to keep any looped bead chains and/or cords taut.
Roman Shade manufacturer, Comfortex, advised dealers and consumers alike that Comfortex Roman Shades are in compliance with the provisional update from the American National Standard for Safety of Corded Window Covering products. They are working closely with the Consumer Product Safety Commission and Window Covering Manufacturers Association to continue to comply with any and all revised standards for shades/blinds.
For more information on Blinds Chalet or current trends in the industry contact Chris Stanley at info(at)blindschalet(dot)com or by phone at: 1-888-633-7840 or 480-633-7840. Or visit Blinds Chalet online at http://www.blindschalet.com.
Contact: Chris Stanley
Company: Blinds Chalet
Phone: 1-888-633-7840 or 480-633-7840
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