As families prepare and adjust to children returning to school, play dates, fall festivities and many more, it can be a sprint going from one activity to another. With all of that goes on, you have to still keep safety top of mind.

With all of the educational parenting material available today, most safety-savvy mother and father know the ins and outs of keeping young children away from electrical outlets, kitchen cabinets, and heavy furniture. Having said that, there are other probable child safety risks inside the house that sometimes can be overlooked including windows coverings.

Corded window coverings can cause a strangulation danger to infants and small children. Not all window treatments are suitable for homes where kids may be present, and families may need to replace existing coverings. The good thing is, there is now a simple way for mothers and fathers and caregivers to tell which products are right for their houses.

“Parents with small children need to replace their corded window coverings with the cordless products available,” says Window Covering Safety Council (WCSC) Executive Director, Peter Rush. “The new Best for Kids certification label recently launched makes it easy for mom and dad and also caregivers to easily determine which products are perfect for their home.”

The Best for Kids certification program is developed in order to help customers and retailers easily identify window covering products that are suitable for use in homes with small children. In order to be qualified for this certification, manufacturers will need to meet the specified program criteria and submit their window covering products to a designated third party testing lab. As soon as products pass testing they may be labeled Best for Kids.

There are lots of cordless products available in different styles, color and sizes to match the unique design of any room. Warm tones like deep reds, greens and blues, are perfect for autumn and can promptly make any room come alive. Changing out your summer curtains for heavier ones that are warm and cozy for winter and are Best for Kids not only helps keep in the heat, but guarantees your children’s safety. Adding colorful floor-to-ceiling drapes or the addition of sheers can really add a dramatic element pop, almost as if you simply added a fresh coat of paint to the room.

For more information on window cord safety and the Best for Kids program, check out or follow WCSC on Facebook and Twitter.


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