Who We Are
Parents for Window Blind Safety (PFWBS) is a non-profit 501(c)(3) corporation engaged in the professional service of promoting window covering safety. In an attempt to educate consumers regarding the dangers of corded window covering products, Parents for Window Blind Safety has created a “Seal of Approval” to inform consumers of products which have greatly reduced or completely eliminated the risk of strangulation. PFWBS has become the nation’s foremost advocacy group for the elimination of all window blind cord strangulation dangers. PFWBS plays a large role in the development of window covering safety standards in Canada and the United States of America.
The PFWBS Testing Committee made up of panel of Human Factors consultants, Engineers, Manufacturing consultants, attorneys from various fields, product safety experts, and PFWBS board of directors. Some of our Board of Directors is comprised of parents who have lost a child on window coverings with ANSI compliant accessible cords.
PFWBS has been featured several times in the New York Times, Chicago Tribune, USA Today, Consumer Reports Magazine, Parents Magazine, St. Louis Post-Dispatch and other publications throughout the United States. They have also been featured on CNN, FOXNEWS, and local news stations all over the world.
The PFWBS Seal of Approval can be found on products in the following retail stores: Lowes, Home Depot, Walmart, and Mendards.
How We Do It
Before giving the Parents for Window Blind Safety “Seal of Approval,” the product is sent to the PFWBS Testing Committee for evaluation and review. The testing committee reviews Independent Safety testing from places such as Bureau Veritas Group, Consumer Testing Labs, and others. Additional testing and reviewing is also preformed by accredited testing labs to determine if the product meets the PFWBS first class safety criteria.
Our first class safety criteria requires that all cords be inaccessible, as set forth in the Trilateral Request of the United States Consumer Products Safety Committee, Health Canada and the European Commission as part of the 2012 standards updating process in addition to the ANSI/WCMA 100.1-2012 standard. Testing fees and annual fees to carry the seal on products do apply.
Why We Do It
Over the years, we have found that there are simply too many window covering designs for the public to truly keep up and fully understand the safety aspects of each. This difficulty is further compounded as many manufacturers represent on their products have “Child-safe” features or that the products are “ANSI-safety compliant.” Similarly, parents are often left with the false impression that if they install the “safety tassels,” the product is made safe; unfortunately, it is not. Such leads parents to believe that the products are “Child Safe” when they are not. Others think it is sufficient to simply tuck their cords out of reach, only to have the unsecured cord fall, or a child climb on the windowsill on to gain access to the cord. In the end, there is no real way for parents to accurately assess a products safety.
Due to the way the ANSI standard is currently written, cordless blinds and cordless pleated shades must still have inner cord warning stickers on the product and on the outside of the box. This glitch in the ANSI standard makes it hard for manufactures to make their cordless products stand out from the corded products on retailers shelves. When our Seal of Approval goes on the box, the customer can see the difference. We live in a visual world. Customers need to “see” safety.
It is for these reasons we developed the “Seal of Approval” so that parents can rest assured that they are buying the safest possible products in the market, as determined and tested by a neutral third party organization, which organization truly understands the safety issue and has an acute understanding of what it means to lose a child.