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30-Minutes with Workroom Tech: Episode Five / Cord Safety Update for Custom Workrooms

In episode five of The Sew Much More Podcast: 30-Minutes with Workroom Tech, Ceil DiGuglielmo and Susan Woodcock discuss the revisions to the cord safety standards introduced this year. Compliance begins December 15th, 2018, so it’s time to get up to speed! You can listen to the podcast here: 30-Minutes with Workroom Tech Podcast

What are the Cord Safety Standards

Cords on window treatments like curtains, shades and blinds can pose a potential strangulation hazard to young children. This is especially important with older window coverings that may not meet the latest national standards for window cord safety.

Children can become entangled in operating cords dangling on the side, or front of the window covering, and cords on the back of shades can be pulled away from the fabric, creating a loop.

In the United States and other countries, safety standards are now in place for manufacturers, importers and retailers to follow. The United States standard, ANSI/WCMA A100.1-2018 – American National Standard for Safety of Window Covering Products, was created by a collaboration of industry organizations, government agencies, and consumer groups. Since the standards were introduced, there has been an increased awareness of cord safety and exciting product innovations.