Window Blind Cords Voluntary Standards Activities
U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) staff is participating in voluntary standard activities to address strangulation hazards associated with cords on window covering products. American National Standard for Safety of Corded Window Covering Products (ANSI/WCMA A.100.1) provides requirements that address strangulation hazards associated with the continuous cord loops, inner cords, and cord joiners of window covering products.
· The leading hazard scenarios associated with window covering products are:
1. Strangulation in the continuous loop cord or chain of vertical blinds and draperies or in loops formed by multiple cords terminating in a single tassel (older horizontal blinds);
2. Strangulation in a loop formed by a knot tied in the lift cords (mostly associated with horizontal type blind cords but also included in some vertical type blind cords); and
3. Strangulation in the inner loop of horizontal blinds.
· Sixty percent of the incidents involved cord systems typically used in horizontal-type blinds; 40 percent involved continuous loop systems typical to vertical blinds and draperies.
· Eighty-two percent of the incidents involved older products that did not conform to the voluntary standard.
· Blinds that meet the voluntary standard can still pose a hazard if the cords are tied up or if the loose cords get entangled.
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