IKEA raises awareness of important home safety risk
BURLINGTON, ON, Oct. 1, 2015 /CNW/ - IKEA Canada is proud to announce today that as of October 1, 2015, IKEA Canada stores will only sell window blinds and coverings with no cords or non-accessible cords. This announcement is part of the ongoing IKEA home safety program, Safer Homes Together, which focuses on educating customers about safety at home.
Product safety is the highest priority for IKEA, which is why it has been working to develop alternative solutions to exposed cords in window coverings. In 2012, IKEA made the commitment to only offer window blinds and coverings with no or non-accessible cords by January of 2016. IKEA is pleased to be able to announce that it has now met this commitment in Canada.
"We take our role as a responsible retailer very seriously and are proud to be the first major retailer in Canada to sell only cordless window blinds and coverings," says Stefan Sjöstrand, President, IKEA Canada. "IKEA is committed to working together with our customers to raise awareness of this important issue and to help families get the knowledge they need to ensure a safer everyday life at home."
In an effort to prevent any blind or window covering cord mishaps, IKEA reminds customers to check their window coverings to ensure that they do not pose a strangulation risk to young children. For more information about window covering safety and other important home safety information, please visit www.IKEA.ca/saferhomestogether.
As of January 1, 2016, all IKEA stores globally will also offer only cordless blinds or window coverings.
IKEA is a leading home furnishings retailer with 361 stores in more than 50 countries worldwide, which are visited by 821 million people every year. IKEA Canada has 12 stores which are visited by over 25 million people every year. Last year the IKEA.com websites attracted 1.6 billion visitors. Founded in 1943, IKEA's business philosophy is to offer a wide range of products of good design and function at prices so low, the majority of people can afford them. For more information on IKEA, please visit: www.IKEA.ca.
SOURCE IKEA Canada
For further information: Tanya Bevington, Corporate Communications Manager, IKEA Canada, tanya.bevington1@IKEA.com