Canada Bans Corded Window Coverings

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Window cords are often referred to as “hidden hazards” in homes. While most parents are quick to cover table corners, staircases, and electrical outlets once they have a child, window cords often lay hanging nearby.

Window cords are such a danger to children and pets that in 2019, Health Canada published new regulations for corded window coverings with the goal of protecting children from injury and strangulation.

Keeping Window Treatments Safe for Kids

The new regulations, which went into effect May 1, 2021, restrict the length of cords and the size of loops allowed on window coverings sold in Canada. Today, these regulations go further to protect children from this hazard than any other country.

“The fact remains that cords kill kids,” Minister of Health Ginette Petitpas Taylor said in a press release. And unfortunately, that’s true for far too many children.

Between 2012 and 2017 in America, 50 young children died as a result of window cords. Afterward, the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) went so far as to call corded window treatments one of the top five hidden hazards in American homes. And though small pets and toddlers are the most likely to experience a cord injury, children as old as eight have been involved in window cord accidents.

Motorized Treatments are the Safest Option

Simply put, the best way to avoid a window cord accident is to remove the threat of the cord altogether. Because all of the strings, gears, and mechanics sit inside motorized treatments, there’s no threat of a dangling cord.

Window cord accidents are completely preventable. To learn about our child-safe window treatments, contact us today to find your nearest location.

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