This is a long post, but an important one. Please read it in it's entirety.
October is National Window Coverings Safety Month, and, today, Joe Jankoski, Hunter Douglas's VP of Merchandising and current president of the Window Coverings Manufacturers Association (WCMA), in cooperation with the Window Coverings Association of America (WCAA), gave a free webinar regarding cord safety and the continuing development of process and performance of fabrication and execution of corded, or previously corded, window treatments. http://www.wcmanet.org and http://www.wcaa.org
Concealing cords, retaining cords, and eliminating corded window coverings altogether (draperies, blinds, roman shades) has been the main focus of the Window Coverings Safety Council (WCSC) for the past few years. The WCSC provides education and awareness for window covering hazards. The reason for the concern is child safety. Too many children (even pets) have been strangled to death, or seriously injured, by cords from blinds and traverse draperies. Even the cords on the back of roman shades, or the interior cords in blinds and roman shades, are a cause for concern. Simply stated, cords pose a strangulation hazard. If a cord on the back of a roman shade can be pulled out with 5 pounds of force to create a loop that is 16.9" circumference, it is enough for a child to stick their head through. http://www.windowcoverings.org http://www.facebook.com/windowcoverings
Click the following link to see a video featuring "Super Baby" talking about window treatment safety. http://vimeo.com/8181727
The US Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is charged with
educating consumers about protecting children from one of the top five
hidden hazards in the home, window treatment cord strangulation.
Roughly, once a month, a child in the US is strangled or injured from
window treatment cords. http://www.cpsc.gov/onsafety/2010/12/kids-and-cords-don%e2%80%99t-mix/
CPSC data reports that in 1990, there were 16 fatalities from window treatment cords, and in 2012 there have been five fatalities, year to date. This data confirms that we as an industry are doing what we can to make safer window treatments.
The American National Standards Institute (ANSI) oversees the creation, communication, and use of thousands of norms
and guidelines that directly impact businesses, including window treatment manufacturers. http://www.ansi.org
The Consumer Federation of America (CFA) is an association of non-profit consumer organizations that advances the consumer interest through research,
advocacy, and education. http://www.consumerfed.org
The Parents for Window Blind Safety (PFWBS) was created to support parents whose children have been seriously
injured or killed by dangerous cords, to educate consumers about the
dangers of accessible window covering cords in homes, daycare
facilities, and military housing, to help create safer standards in the
industry, to encourage innovation of safer products in the industry, and
to test window coverings products for safety. PFWBS has become the
nation’s foremost advocacy group for the elimination of all window blind
cord strangulation dangers. http://parentsforwindowblindsafety.org
The following link is information on what to do regarding corded window treatments in vacation accommodations: http://parentsforwindowblindsafety.org/going-on-vacation-what-do-you-do-about-the-cords/
WCSC has three commitments:
1. Develop stricter product standards (new window treatment fabrication standards should be available within the next 3-4 weeks).
Some of the key revisions are a new requirement for warning labels
and continuous loop hold down devices. The new standards require:
operational testing, UV stability testing, impact testing, pull out
testing, installation instructions, and warnings that address proper
mounting of tension devices to the wall or floor. A new requirement for
roll up shades is a break away device.
There are also new
requirements for wide width lift bands, romand shade cord accessibility,
and hazardous loop formation. This logic will now be applied to all
products. There is a new section on cord controls to accommodate new
innovations. There are now standardized definitions (new glossary of
terms and definitions), and a series of training sessions and webinars that will explain the new procedures.
2. Increase public awareness. The average time between product purchases is 5-7 years, and there is a lot of old, hazardous products out there. Adults, not children, buy window coverings. Everyone needs to be aware of the issues and to purchase the appropriate products. Tension devices must be secured to a wall or floor. The WCSC is helping with awareness with their informative website at http://www.windowcoverings.org. Here you can see a series of videos on safety and design tips, and order retrofit kits.
3. Embrace a retrofit program for consumers that can't afford to replace corded window treatments, or might live in a building that does not allow them to change the window coverings. Retrofit kits allow them to change the window treatment so it is safe for them. There are five different types of kits available: roman shades, roll up shades, horizontal blinds purchased before 1995, horizontal blinds purchased after 1995, and vertical blind and traverse rod draperies. http://www.fulfillmentinnovations.com/v5fmsnet/ordent/OfferList.asp?XPath=*1&xgroup=1&NotMain=0&PmSess1=20
Court Appointed Special Advocates for Children (CASA) is a network of 946 programs that are recruiting, training, and supporting volunteers to represent the best interests of abused and neglected children in the courtroom and other settings. They are trained to look at potentially hazardous window coverings in the home. http://www.casaforchildren.org
The American Society of Home Inspectors (ASHI) makes new home owners aware of the potentially hazardous window treatments they inherit when a home is transferred to them. They also connect with day care centers. http://www.ashi.org
All of the larger manufacturers of blinds and shades have child safety information on their web sites. If you take a look at these web sites, you will see that there is an increasing amount of information on child safety.
For those of you in the window treatment industry, the September/October 2012 issue of Vision magazine has a very informative Q&A with the WCMA. http://www.wf-vision.com
There are options for safer window treatments, including, but not limited to: motorization, retractable cords, safety wand controls, cord tethering wand controls, products with no cords, shutters, and roller shades. When you know about the hazard, it should help you eliminate the problem.
Dean Fountain Draperies - Jacksonville, FL
Fabrications of soft furnishings and window treatments including: draperies, roman shades, roller shades, pillows, table skirts, top treatments, bedding, slipcovers, and upholstery. Drapery, blind and shade motorization that can be integrated with home automation. ~ Please visit my web site: http://www.deanfountain.com ~ Dean Fountain ~ Jacksonville, FL ~ (904) 334-3694
Wednesday, October 24, 2012
Wednesday, October 5, 2011
Where did you begin? Where are you now? Where do you want to go?
I wonder what percentage of soft home furnishings fabricators began in the clothing industry, and what percentage of fabricators of clothing began in the soft home furnishings industry? If you are in either industry, what are your thoughts about switching to the other?
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Friday, June 24, 2011
Bed Draperies and Canopy
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Extreme Makeover: Home Edition
Our local chapter of WCAA had the pleasure to work with Ty Pennington's Extreme Makeover: Home Edition this past January for the deserving Prewitt Brewer Family in Middleburg, Florida. Episode aired May 8, 2011 on ABC. (Season 8-Episode 21)
Photographs of my work can be seen here: Facebook.
Photographs of my work can be seen here: Facebook.
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Labels: ABC, Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, Middleburg, Ty Pennington, WCAA
Slipcover that fits like a glove!
Abitare – Lewitt Sofa made in Italy. Slipcover is made from Robert Allen Sensuede fabric- sustainable and entirely made from recycled polyester fibers - the first luxury faux suede that is ecologically friendly, environmentally efficient, and earth conscientious.
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Labels: Abitare, Italian sofa, Lewitt, Robert Allen, Sensuede, slipcover
Two Story Wall - 222" long panels and shades
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Labels: Arched Window, Curtains, Draperies, Drapes, motorization, motorized, shade, somfy, Swags, Valance, Window Treatments
Find me on Facebook
You can like my page on Facebook by going here: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Custom-Draperies-in-Jacksonville-FL/60745137270
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Tuesday, December 8, 2009
Monday, December 7, 2009
Google Sidewiki entry by Dean
Find me on Google: http://www.google.com/
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Friday, July 24, 2009
Adding Photographs to a Blog
If you are adding photographs to your blog, then please, please, please reduce the size of the photographs to no larger than 640x480 pixels before you post them. Any larger than that, and it takes forever for the photographs to load, and larger files take up more bandwidth.
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Tuesday, April 28, 2009
Q: Who makes great draperies?
A: Someone who pays attention to details, understands proportion, and someone who has a superb sense of design and function.
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I have a passion for making draperies.
I was thinking this morning about what I would be doing if I never started making draperies. Hmm... Probably would be working for a large corporation doing the daily grind. Window Treatments are my passion. I love to create beautiful things with fabric. Check out some of my photographs at http://www.picturetrail.com/deanfountain/.
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Labels: Curtains, Draperies, Drapes, Window Treatments
Tuesday, November 25, 2008
Well, it's 2 days before Thanksgiving, and I've been sewing, sewing, sewing... I haven't posted a note on here in quite a while, and I want to let everyone know that I'm still alive. I hope that you have a Happy Thanksgiving!
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Thursday, April 24, 2008
What is Italian Stringing?
These angled draperies with a straight hem line are a somewhat difficult treatment to fabricate, even for some of the most experienced drapery workrooms. Italian Stringing is a method of "stringing" or "opening" your draperies. Draperies with Italian Stringing are typically "fixed" at the top, so the only parts that move are the bottoms of the drapery panels, and there is a cord or multiple cords attached to the back of the panels that are pulled to open the draperies. The panels in this photograph are stationary, so the Italian Stringing is not functional. Also notice that the hem line is straight across the floor. If this were not taken into consideration when fabricating the panels, the leading edge would be raised off of the floor.
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1/2 Arch Cuffed Valance
Here is a valance that I created. It is a Cuffed Valance, and I skillfully altered my pattern to frame a 1/2 arch window. This treatment is made from two decorator fabrics, one for the face of the treatment, and one for the contrast lining. The transom window on the left of the photograph has the straight Cuffed Valance, and the window on the right of the photograph has the 1/2 Arch Cuffed Valance. There were two 1/2 arch windows in this room (on each side of a fireplace), and there is a mirror image of the treatment on the right on the other side of the fireplace.
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Labels: Arched Window, Cuffed Valance
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