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New York, NY (UPDATED January 25, 2018)–The Window Covering Manufacturers Association (WCMA) announced today the approval of a new window covering safety standard by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) that will require a vast majority of window covering products sold in the United States and Canada to be cordless or have inaccessible or short cords.  The new safety standard, ANSI/WCMA A100.1-2018, strengthens window-covering safety by requiring that all stock products sold in stores and online—which account for more than 80 percent of all window covering products sold in the U.S. and Canada—to be cordless or have inaccessible cords. WCMA previously announced that the compliance date for the new standard would be one year after ANSI approval, which would be January 9, 2019.  However, at the request of CPSC Chairman, Ann Marie Buerkle, who asked WCMA to move up the compliance date, WCMA is advising all companies manufacturing window covering... Read More
What does the new standard do? The new safety standard will ensure that a vast majority of window covering products sold in the United States and Canada will be cordless or have inaccessible or short cords by requiring that all stock products (items sold in stores and online)—which account for more than 80 percent of all window covering products sold in the U.S. and Canada — to be cordless or have inaccessible cords. This approach is supported by a review of the hazard data that shows that a vast majority of incidents related to corded window coverings identified by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) take place on stock products. What is a stock product? Most window covering products sold to consumers in retail stores or online are “stock” products, meaning that the products are completely or substantially fabricated in advance of being distributed in commerce. The product can either be sold... Read More
The window covering industry has been working diligently to reduce strangulation risks by developing the most significant change to the window covering safety standard ever, as result of substantial work by the Window Covering Manufacturers Association (WCMA) and its members, the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and safety advocates, which will require that all stock products, sold in stores and online—which accounts for more than 80 percent of all window covering products sold in the U.S. and Canada, to be cordless or have inaccessible cords. This new standard is complete and awaiting approval by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI). The new standard separates the market into stock and custom products. Corded window coverings will only be available on custom products, as corded products are still needed by a wide range of consumers, including the elderly and those with disabilities, those short in stature, and those with windows in hard-to-reach locations. It is important to note that the revised... Read More
Increased Role of Grandparents Cites Need for Updated Safety Awareness NEW YORK, NY (June 12, 2017)—Families are the top resource when it comes to guidance on baby proofing, according to a recent national survey conducted by the Window Covering Safety Council (WCSC). This creates challenges to raising child safety awareness, as new research shows that many grandparents employ outdated health and parenting myths that could potentially and unknowingly pose serious risks to young children. The new WCSC survey showed that 55% of respondents prefer child safety guidance from their family, compared to 39% from physicians and 22% from retailers. This highlights the need to ensure that all caregivers are obtaining accurate child safety information.  This is further underscored by a new study, "Potential Health Risks to Children When Grandparents Raising Their Grandchildren Subscribe to Out-Dated Health Beliefs,” that found that many grandparents were unaware of evolving parenting practices... Read More
October is Window Covering Safety Month NEW YORK, NY – October 1, 2017 – October is National Window Covering Safety Month, a time of heightened public awareness of a hidden danger many parents may overlook—the potential strangulation hazards to young children from window covering cords.  The Window Covering Safety Council (WCSC) and the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) are urging consumers to check their window coverings for exposed or dangling cords which can pose a strangulation hazard to infants and young children. WCSC, CPSC and safety experts strongly recommend that consumers use only cordless window coverings or window coverings with inaccessible cords in homes with young children. The WCSC has just released a national PSA campaign about the potential dangers of corded window coverings to young children and what parents and caregivers can do to help keep children safe. View/share/download here. “CPSC joins with the window covering industry and... Read More
Washington, DC (June 29, 2016) – Window Covering Manufacturers Association (WCMA) Executive Director Ralph Vasami issued the following statement today: WCMA is initiating the process to revise the current voluntary window covering safety standard to effectively address the strangulation risk to children from products with accessible cords. As a result of technological advances in the industry, WCMA is optimistic that there is a historic opportunity for this updated standard to further reduce the risk of entanglement and strangulation from window coverings with accessible cords. Ongoing industry innovation and new product development have resulted in the industry’s ability to deliver a variety of consumer accepted options that will allow WCMA to revise the standard using new approaches that will effectively address the risk posed to young children by window coverings with accessible cords. We are also confident that the performance standard created by such an approach will result in the vast majority... Read More
Washington, October 29, 2015 – The Window Covering Manufacturers Association (WCMA) announced today that it has initiated the process of revising the voluntary corded window covering safety standard.  The update to the standard will be done in strict accordance with the internationally-respected American National Standards Institute (ANSI) process and will be the seventh revision of the standard since 1996. “The current U.S. standard, ANSI/WCMA A100.1-2012, last updated in 2012, is already the most stringent in the world,” said WCMA Executive Ralph Vasami.   “However, we have pledged to constantly reexamine the standard to ensure that window covering products are on the leading edge of safety and quality, and the industry wants to continue to incorporate ongoing innovation and new product development in order to make its products as safe and up to date as possible.” The revisions to the standard will be done in accordance with the ANSI essential requirements, which mandate... Read More

First “Best for Kids” Certified Window Covering Products Available  Online with In-Store Products Available by Year End

 New Safety Program to Help Consumers and Retailers Easily  Identify Window Covering Products for Homes with Young Children
Washington, October 7, 2015 – WASHINGTON — The Window Covering Manufacturers Association (WCMA) today announced that retailers have made the first Best for Kids certified products available online, with in-store products expected to be on shelves by the end of the 2015.  The Best for Kids program is the first third-party certification program designed to help consumers and retailers identify window covering products that are certified as best suited for use in homes with young children. The Best for Kids program requires products that manufacturers want to certify to meet stringent criteria, and to submit those products to a recognized third party testing laboratories. Products that meet these criteria will be eligible to be listed and labeled... Read More
These tips from the Window Covering Safety Council can help keep your home safe for children NEW YORK, NY – April is the perfect time to clean out your home and get a fresh, organized start to the spring season. There is nothing like that first warm day where you can open all of the windows and let fresh air into the house while you clean. While chores like vacuuming and storing winter clothes are on most people’s minds, child safety checks may not be. The Window Covering Safety Council (WCSC) is reminding parents and caregivers that the home may contain potential safety hazards for children. The organization, dedicated to informing consumers about window cord safety, is urging all parents and caregivers to be conscious of child safety this spring. The tips below can be used during any cleaning routine to help keep your home safe for loved ones.

New Safety Program to Help Consumers and Retailers Easily Identify Products for Homes with Young Children

WASHINGTON — The Window Covering Manufacturers Association (WCMA) today announced the industry’s first third-party certification program designed to help consumers and retailers identify window covering products that are certified as best suited for use in homes with young children. The new Best for Kids program will require products that manufacturers want to be part of the program to meet stringent criteria, and to submit those products to a WCMA-recognized third party testing laboratory. Products that meet these criteria will be eligible to be listed and labeled on packaging and materials as “certified,” and companies can use this designation on their marketing materials. “For years the window covering industry has joined with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and safety groups to urge parents to use only cordless window coverings or those with inaccessible cords in... Read More