St. George Homeowners & Window Treatment Safety10/24/2016Kasey Udy If you’re looking for a new window covering for your St. George house, you’re likely considering colors, insulation, durability and more. One item that you might want to think about is safety. Recently, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) found select window coverings to be among the top five “hidden hazards” in American homes, having caused a number of injuries and deaths among infants and small children. To help families find solutions to make their windows and their homes safer, October has been designated National Window Covering Safety Month. No matter if you’re choosing window treatments for children’s rooms, or redecorating a house in which children will visit occasionally, Sunburst Shutters St. George is here to help make sure your house is as safe as possible. How Might My Windows Be Hazardous? The number one hazard to kids when it comes to window coverings in the home is hanging cords. Whether a part of blinds, shades, or a different window treatment, hanging cords have been involved in a large number of injuries and fatalities to infants and young children over the past decade from strangulation. Window Covering Cord Safety If you can, replace any window covering with cords in your house with non-corded versions. Cordless blinds, shutters, and cordless shades are all great substitutes for corded window treatments, removing the most hazardous part of windows for the children in your home. Plantation shutters–more than any other window treatment–are a standout choice for kids’ bedrooms, and not just because they aren’t offered with cord options. Sunburst plantation shutters have been designated by multiple family organizations, including Parents for Window Blind Safety, as a top safety pick. Hazardous Window Covering Finishes For solid window treatments, some types of paints, stains or finishes can give off fumes that may negatively affect young children. Polywood® and Ovation® plantation shutters release no fumes at all, and are totally safe for every space in your house. Window Falls Almost every parent knows that children are instinctive climbers, and the last place you want a kid climbing is up to a window. Fabric window coverings do practically nothing to protect a child from stumbling through a window, but plantation shutters can be a solid, stout barrier that protects your child from coming into contact with the window. The Little Things You Can Do For Safe Windows Picking the right window covering is the most important decision you can make in boosting home window safety, but there are a few additional small things you can do to help: In kids’ bedrooms, move the bed or crib away from the window. The distance helps decrease likelihood of any accidents. Don’t have any climbable furniture or other objects near windows that may be hazardous. Make sure all window treatments are solidly attached to the window frame or wall to prevent accidents. If cords are absolutely necessary, have them pulled close to the ceiling and out of reach of any children. An additional way to keep cords out of reach is to retrofit them with this easy guide. Let’s Make Your Home Safer And Smarter, St. George If you have questions about the safety of your window treatments, we’re here to help. Call us at 435-485-9332 or fill out the form below to set up your free consultation, during which we can show you all your options to ensure that you rest easy in your home.