Window Blind Safety
BEST FOR KIDS
Kirsch is pleased to participate in the new Best for Kids certification program. This program, sponsored by the Window Covering Manufacturers Association, will identify window coverings that are best suited for use in homes with young children. Kirsch, and others in the window coverings industry, recommend cordless blinds and shades for homes with young children. Now, it will be easy to find and shop for eligible products - just look for the Best for Kids seal online.
Blinds & Shades Safety FAQs
Q: What is the Best for Kids program?
The Best for Kids program, sponsored by the Window Covering Manufacturers Association (WCMA), is the industry’s first third-party certification program designed to help consumers and retailers identify window covering products that are best suited for use in homes with young children. The Best for Kids program has stringent criteria. In order to be certified, products must be submitted to an independent third party testing laboratory for review. Products that pass may use the Best for Kids seal on packaging and other product materials. Learn more about the Best for Kids program: http://wcmanet.org/best-for-kids-program.html
Q: How does a manufacturer participate in the program?
Manufacturers submit samples of the window covering products that they determine meet the Best for Kids program criteria to an independent third party testing laboratory for review and analysis. The test lab analyzes the product based on the eligibility requirements of the program and determines whether the product meets the requirements. If so, the test lab will send a report to the company that submitted the samples indicating that the product can be labeled with the Best for Kids seal.
Q: How do products qualify as Best for Kids?
Products may qualify as Best for Kids only if they have no cords, or cords that are considered inaccessible, pursuant to the industry safety standard. Products without operating cords that have accessible inner cords may qualify only if the inner cords cannot create a hazardous loop.
Q: Do window coverings with other safety devices such as breakaways, tie-downs and cleats qualify for the program?
No, only products that meet the requirements above. Look for the Best for Kids seal to be sure.
Q: Who does the testing?
Independent third party testing laboratories will verify products meet the requirements of the program.
Q: Does this mean that window covering products that are not certified are not safe?
No, all of our window coverings are manufactured in compliance with ANSI/WCMA A 100.1-2012 and are safe when used as intended.
Q: What is the WCMA?
Organized in the 1950s as the Venetian Blind Council, the Window Covering Manufacturers Association (WCMA) represents the interests of the window covering industry manufacturers, fabricators and assemblers. Industry products include blinds, shades, shutters, curtains, curtain rods, drapes, drapery hardware and other window treatments.
Q: How does the WCSC differ from the WCMA?
Founded in 1994 for the purpose of Educating Americans about potential window-cord hazards facing young children, the Window Covering Safety Council is a coalition of major U.S. manufacturers, importers and retailers of window coverings dedicated to educating parents about window cord safety.