If you’re shopping 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 keep in mind is safety.
Recently, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) found specific window coverings to be some of the top potential dangers to children in American homes, having caused a number of injuries and fatalities among infants and small children. To help families find solutions to increase safety around the home, 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 Could My Windows Be Hazardous?
The #1 hazard to kids when it comes to window coverings in your house 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 as a top safety pick by window safety and family groups such as Parents for Window Blind Safety.
Hazardous Window Covering Finishes
For solid window treatments, specific kinds of paints, stains or finishes can give off fumes that may negatively affect young children. Polywood® and Ovation® plantation shutters release no fumes whatsoever, and are totally safe for every room in your house.
Almost every parent knows that children are instinctive climbers, and the window is the last place you want a kid to climb to. Fabric window coverings do almost nothing to protect a child from stumbling through a window, but plantation shutters can be a solid, stout barrier that shields your child from coming into contact with the window.
The Little Things You Can Do For Safe Windows
Selecting the right window covering is the most important decision you can make in enhancing 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 furniture that can be easily climbed near windows that may be hazardous.
Ensure that all window treatments are solidly affixed 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. Another option is to retrofit your cords, which you can do 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.