What Do the New Window Covering Safety Standards Mean for You?

What Do the New Window Covering Safety Standards Mean for You?

The Window Covering Manufacturers Association (WCMA) has recently announced the approval of an updated voluntary window covering safety standard by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI). This revised safety standard, ANSI/WCMA A100.1-2022, aims to enhance safety by eliminating free-hanging cords and connectors that can potentially cause accidents and injuries. The window coverings included in this ruling are cellular, pleated, Roman, solar, and vertical shades.

What Does This Mean?

The new safety standard will require most window coverings sold in the United States to be cordless or to feature cords and chains that are short, inaccessible, or permanently secured. This change is designed to prevent accidents, particularly those involving children, by removing hazardous free-hanging cords.

When Does ANSI/WCMA A100.1-2022 Go into Effect?

The compliance date for the new standard is June 1, 2024. From this date forward, all companies manufacturing, distributing, or selling window covering products in the US must ensure their products comply with the new safety requirements. This includes eliminating free-hanging operating cords, free-hanging tilt cords, and multiple cord connectors.

What About Blinds I Order From Window Blind Outlet?

When you order blinds from Window Blind Outlet, you can rest assured that all of our products are fully compliant with the new ANSI/WCMA A100.1-2022 safety standards. We have updated our entire product line to ensure that our window coverings eliminate the use of free-hanging cords and comply with the latest safety requirements. You can buy with confidence knowing that our window treatments are designed to provide a safe and stylish solution for your home.

Does This Apply to Custom Products or Just Stock Items?

The updated standard applies to all window coverings, encompassing both stock items and custom-made products. No matter whether you purchase off-the-shelf or order custom window treatments, they will need to adhere to the new safety guidelines after June 1, 2024.

What About My Existing Window Treatments?

The new standard applies only to newly manufactured products. This means that your existing window treatments are not affected. However, any reorders or replacements you make after the compliance date will need to meet the new safety standards.

How Can I Prepare?

It’s a good idea to begin familiarizing yourself with the various cordless and compliant options available. Browse our collection of window shades and blinds to find suitable products that meet the new safety standards.

Have Further Questions?

If you have additional questions or need to discuss a specific project, don’t hesitate to reach out to our experts. We are here to help you navigate this change, provide information on compliant products, and develop a custom plan of action for your unique spaces. Contact us today at 316-260-3430 to ensure your window coverings are both stylish and safe.

Ensuring the safety of your home is paramount, and these new standards are a significant step forward in preventing accidents associated with window coverings. By staying informed and prepared, you can make the transition smoothly and confidently.

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