Child Safety Standard

ANSI/WCMA A100.1-2022

Effective June 1, 2024

The updated child safety standard, ANSI/WCMA A100.1-2022, requires that stock window coverings must not have cords that could entangle children. When custom window coverings must have cords or chains for operation, the product will be furnished with a tensioned hold-down device that is permanently attached and partially disables the product if not installed correctly. This hold-down should be installed with tension on the cord or chain.

In compliance with the updated standard, all Draper window shade products operated by a bead chain will ship with a tensioned hold-down device attached. Installation of this new tensioned hold-down device will take more time than previous models.

4 installation methods

Video installation instructions are coming soon.

Inside Mount

Inside Mount

The Inside Mount method of installation attaches the device with two screws (by others) directly through the unit.

Outside Mount

Outside Mount

The Outside Mount method of installation utilizes a bracket for installation on a surface beside the window.

Side Mount

Side Mount

The Side Mount method of installation utilizes an extension bracket where needed when wall space is not adequate.

Floor Mount

Floor Mount

The Floor Mount method of installation utilizes a bracket for installation of the device on a horizontal surface.

 

Alternatives to bead chains

While all Draper window shades operated by bead chains will be compliant with the new safety standard, window shade models without bead chains are inherently even safer. The window shade models below are operated with no bead chains or exposed cords of any kind.

FlexStyle Ascend

FlexStyle Ascend

FlexStyle Ascend is our decorative open roll window shade model utilizing our Ascend operator that allows you to raise and lower the shade fabric with a simple touch.

This model will be Best for Kids certified!

Coming in May 2024
FlexShade Ascend

FlexShade Ascend

FlexShade Ascend window shades feature our standard FlexShade hardware options and utilize our Ascend operator, allowing simple operation with a simple touch of the hand.

This model will be Best for Kids certified!

Coming in May 2024
Battery Operated Shades

Battery Operated Shades

Battery operated window shades offer the simplest and most economical way to install motorized window shades - no wiring required! They install as easily as clutch-operated shades.

These include models that are Best for Kids certified!

Learn More
Floor Mount

Motorized Window Shades

Motorized window shades are available in a wide array of motors and control options, including Zigbee, integration into popular control systems, or simple wall switches and remote controls.

These include models that are Best for Kids certified!

Learn More
 

Best for Kids certification

Certified Best for Kids

The Best for Kids certification program launched by the window covering industry assists in educating consumers about potential window-cord hazards facing young children and will aid consumers in making the right choice when selecting window coverings. In order to be eligible for this certification, manufacturers must meet the specified program criteria and submit their window covering products to a designated third party testing laboratory. Once products pass testing they may be labeled “Best for Kids.”

Products that qualify for “Best for Kids” either have no cords, no operating cords and inner cords that are not accessible, or if accessible inner cords are present in products with no operating cords, the accessible inner cords cannot create a hazardous loop.

Draper, Inc. is proud to offer several window shade models that are certified "Best for Kids," and more models will be undergoing the required testing and certification process soon. See the certified shade models linked above.

 

How can we help?

Please consult with your Draper sales team if you or your customers have questions about these new requirements. We're here for you!

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