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PFWBS has an extensive database of all reports injuries and deaths to the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission dating back to 1972. The information on this page is for reporters, government officials, attorneys and anyone else interested in window covering safety. We will add to this page so please keep it bookmarked for updates.
FAQ submitted to PFWBS
How many children have been killed or injured by cords?
Which product has killed or injured the most children?
- Horizontal Window Blinds
What does it mean when window covering boxes say “child safe” on them?
- This means the product complies with the WCMA/ANSI standard.
If a product complies with the WCMA/ANSI safety standard does that mean its
- NO! This safety standard is developed and written by the manufactures. Long operational or pull cords, accessible inner cords and faulty tension devices all comply with the most current 2012 WCMA/ANSI safety standard.
How safe are the safety kits passed out by the Window Covering Safety Council?
- A “safety kit” consists of 2 tassels and a couple of inner cord stoppers. Please watch our video that shows how unsafe safety tassels are.
How can I tell if a window covering is safe for children?
- If the window covering has no accessible cords, front and back, it is safe. Please see our safe products page for products that have been tested for safety.
Strangulations in Daycares
CPSC Publications and Articles
CPSC Window Covering Information Center
Deaths and Injuries are under reported
Are your Window Coverings safe?
Roman Shade Recall
Top 5 Hidden Hazards in the home
CPSC Calls for ELIMINATION of strangulation hazards
Trilateral Letter to the WCMA