Frequently Asked Questions

WCSC’s website,, is a comprehensive resource that includes cord safety information and illustrated how-to features, online ordering of free retrofit safety kits, safety-related articles, design and safety tips and links to other child-safety websites.

Older corded window coverings may have looped pull cords or accessible inner cords that could pose a strangulation risk to small children. In addition, tasseled pull cords need to be as short as possible so they are well out of the reach of children. Parents and caregivers are urged to check their corded window coverings for potential cord hazards and to retrofit or replace them with today’s safer products.  Government safety officials and the WCSC recommend that only cordless window treatments be used in homes with infants and young children.

WCSC provides consumers with retrofit kits at no charge. Simply click on Order Free Retrofit Kit or phone WCSC’s toll-free line at 1-800-506-4636.

As part of its ongoing public information campaign to increase cord-safety awareness, WCSC regularly disseminates news and informational materials through the media and partnerships with various public and private organizations concerned with child safety, health and well-being.  To help prevent cord accidents, WCSC provides consumers with retrofit kits for older corded window blinds, shades and draperies that do not meet the latest safety standards. Retrofit instructions are included with each order.

Almost every type of corded window fashion is now available in a cordless style. In addition, traditionally non-corded window coverings, such as curtains, spring-loaded roller shades and shutters are always options for consumers.

The Window Covering Safety Council (WCSC) is a coalition of major U.S. manufacturers, importers and retailers of window coverings dedicated to educating consumers about window cord safety.