Go by the book. Advise the consumer that we install all tension devices per the American National Standards Institute/Window Covering Manufacturers Association standards and any tie-down cleats provided with their blinds.
Talk about stop beads. All blinds with accessible inner cords require an inner cord stop bead which helps prevent a child from creating a loop that could lead to strangulation. Our policy is to position the stop beads two inches or less below the headrail. These beads are not needed on cordless blinds or blinds with a cord joiner.
In addition, please recommend that your customers review the following:
Guidelines from the Window Covering Safety Council
The Window Covering Safety Council urges parents and caregivers to check all windows for potential cord hazards and make the necessary safety updates:
Install only cordless window coverings in bedrooms and sleeping areas for young children.
Replace window blinds, corded shades, and draperies manufactured before 2001 with products that meet updated safety standards.
If replacement is not possible, repair window blinds, corded shades, and draperies manufactured before 2001 with retrofit cord kits, available at windowcoverings.org or by calling 1-800-506-4636.
Move all cribs, beds, furniture, and toys away from windows and cords. Keep all window pull cords and inner lift cords out of children’s reach. Make sure that tasseled pull cords are short and continuous-loop cords are permanently anchored to the floor or wall. Cord stops must be properly installed and adjusted to limit the movement of inner lift cords.
Lock cords into position whenever horizontal blinds or shades are lowered, including when they come to rest on a window sill.