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Bali Makes Window Treatment Safety a Top Priority

October Safety Month

Middleton, WI - September 30, 2009
Bali, a brand of Springs Window Fashions, the Best Experience Company, is again joining forces with the Window Covering Safety Council to educate consumers on the safest choices for window treatments in homes with children.

"Most parents don't even realize that dangling cords can be a safety hazard, and that's why we're working with the Window Covering Safety Council to educate consumers on safe choices for their homes," said Springs Window Fashions President and CEO Scott Fawcett. "Whether it's one of our many cordless shades or our new locking cord tensioner, we're committed to providing products that are both beautiful and safe — that's what we mean when we say 'Best Experience,'" he added.

Safety options available from Bali include:

  • Cordless lift and wand tilt options that eliminate dangling cord hazards on Cellular Shades, Pleated Shades and Aluminum Blinds
  • Cordless Sliding Panels, Vertical Blinds and Vertical Cellular Shades that eliminate dangling cord hazards
  • Continuous-loop lift system with safety tension device to keep cords out of reach of children and pets
  • Motorization to completely eliminate dangling cord hazards
  • Optional safety cord cleats that secure dangling lift and tilt cords to the wall, out of reach of children and pets

In addition to offering safety-conscious window treatments, Bali has launched a "Play Safe, Live Safe" coloring contest. Parents are encouraged to enter their children (ages 4–9) in this limited-time contest for the chance to win a free cordless Cellular Shade. Contest dates and full contest details can be found at www.baliblinds.com/safety.

Bali also encourages parents and caregivers to update or replace any window treatments made before 2001. Older window treatments may not include standard safety features that are required of more modern blinds and shades, and they may present dangling cords or accessible loops between slats of the blind that could be hazardous to children and pets.

Parents and caregivers who are unsure whether their window treatments were made after 2001 can:

  • Look at the top of the headrail for a sticker that lists the manufacturing date
  • Make sure that all looped pull cords have a tension pulley that attaches to the wall or floor
  • Make sure that non-loop cords are separated and have tassel ends and cord stops near the top
  • Check for cord cleats or anchors attached to the wall to wrap excess pull cords around after raising the blind or shade

For homeowners who would prefer to keep their older window treatments, a free retrofit kit can be obtained to bring these blinds or shades up to today's safety standards. Contact the Window Covering Safety Council (WCSC) toll-free at 1-800-506-4636, or visit the WCSC website at www.windowcoverings.org. For more window covering safety tips and to see what else Bali is doing to promote safety, visit www.baliblinds.com/safety.

About Springs Window Fashions

Bali®, Graber® and Nanik® are brands of Springs Window Fashions, the Best Experience Company. Springs Window Fashions supplies leading retailers and distributors with a complete line of horizontal and vertical blinds, shades, specialty treatments and window hardware. Springs Window Fashions is based in Middleton, WI. To learn more about all our products, visit www.baliblinds.com, www.graberblinds.com and www.nanikblinds.com.

Tom Merker
Director of Engineering
Springs Window Fashions
7549 Graber Road
Middleton, WI 53562-1096

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