Canada Window Covering Regulation - Pleats Curtains & Blinds

CHILD SAFETYCanada Window Covering Regulation

The Existing Danger

It takes just over 22 centimeters of cord to strangle a child, 15 seconds for a child to become unconscious, and 4 minutes for brain damage to occur. Death can occur in less than six minutes. Between 1998 and March 2019, there were 39 recalls in Canada related to strangulation hazards associated with corded window coverings.

(Corded Window Coverings Regulations, Canada Gazette)

What to do without replacing your window coverings

If you cannot replace your corded window coverings, you can reduce the risk of serious injury by keeping cords up high and out of the reach of children. Until you can replace corded window coverings, make sure to:

  • Always keep cords out of reach.
  • Follow the manufacturer’s instructions and read all warnings.
  • Never place cribs, beds, and playpens near a window where a child could reach a cord.
  • Do not place any piece of furniture that a child can climb, near a window.
  • Securely attach tension devices supplied with corded window coverings to the wall so children can’t place the cord around their neck.
  • Install a cleat or tie-down device up high on the wall and use it to keep cords out of reach.
  • Never tie knots in cords. Immediately untie any knots that form accidentally. Remove any devices that form dangling loops, whether at the bottom, middle, or top of the cords.

(Window covering safety,

Our Products

All of our products at Pleats follow the newly updated Corded Window Coverings Regulations: SOR/2019-97, we no longer sell any products with cords or small parts that could be a choking hazard for children and pets.

Please do not tamper with our finished product, protect your family and small children!

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