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NOTICE: New Canadian Window Covering Regulations For Child Safety

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An Important Update Regarding the Sale of Corded Window Coverings In Canada, Effective May 1st

In an effort to eliminate strangulation hazards to children due to dangling lift cords, new Corded Window Covering Regulations have been issued in Canada. These new rules restrict the length of reachable cords and the size of loops, applying to all indoor window coverings with at least one cord, including inner cords, rear cords, and power cords. The change specifically limits free hanging cords and tethered cords to no longer than 22cm, and for other cords such as inner cords, the loop size is limited to no longer than 44cm when a certain amount of force is applied. 

For more specific information on the new Canadian Corded Window Coverings Regulations, please refer to the full regulations here. These regulations will go into effect on May 1st, 2022.

We at ZebraBlinds recognize the importance of these safety measures for kids and pets, and will adhere to these regulations as soon as April 8th, 2022. Please note that this does mean that many of our products will be changing to meet the new standards, and many products with cords will no longer be available.

What Products Will Be Affected By This Change?

The regulations will apply to all window coverings sold to consumers in Canada, whether they are imported or manufactured in Canada. In general you will see the following changes to our products:

  1. All corded window coverings will be discontinued and replaced with cordless versions if possible (if cordless versions are already available, they will become standard)
  2. Horizontal blinds (wood and vinyl) will be tilt only and no longer have lift cords
  3. New lift types will be introduced, such as shrouded cord loops, which will have the functionality of a cord loop but have a safety guard to help cover the cord. 
  4. Some products will no longer be available for the foreseeable future, including: mini aluminum blinds, top down bottom up shades, vertical cellular shades, and pleated shades.

What Alternatives Are There For Top Down Bottom Up Shades?

Since the middle free floating rail on the top down bottom up shades is held up by a cord, it does not meet the new safety regulations and will no longer be available.  As an alternative we recommend taking a look at our Day Night shades. These will function similarly, but have a light filtering or sheer fabric layer above the middle rail, concealing the cords.

What Should I Do If I Need Blinds For High Up or Hard-to-Reach Windows?

If your window is too high up to reach by hand (and so it cannot be easily operated with a manual cordless lift), we recommend going with motorized shades which can be operated easily and conveniently with a remote control. 

Are My Corded Window Coverings At Home Safe To Use?

Yes! Feel free to still use your existing window coverings, however we do advise to make sure you follow important safety guidelines for any blinds or shades with long dangling cords:

  1. Ensure that any continuous loop chain is secured to the wall with a chain tensioner
  2. Ensure that any dangling lift cords are wrapped around a cord cleat when not in use, and kept high enough so that they are out of reach of kids and pets
  3. Follow the safety guidelines and recommendations provided by your manufacturer

Please note that cordless blinds and shades that meet the new regulation standards will always be the safest choice for any home, so consider replacing your old corded blinds with cordless ones.
We thank you for choosing to shop at ZebraBlinds and it is our commitment to provide the safest and highest quality blinds and shades for our Canadian customers. We are always working to introduce exciting new products and innovations to the window covering industry, and hope you will join us on this journey to a safer home.

If you have any questions please feel free to reach out to our customer service team at support@zebrablinds.ca or by phone at 1-844-932-7222.

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