If you’re shopping for a new window treatment for your San Diego house, you’re probably considering colors, energy efficiency, durability and more. But another thing to keep in mind is safety.
Recently, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) found certain window treatments to be among the top 5 “hidden hazards” in American homes, having caused a number of injuries and fatalities among infants and small children. To help families find ways to make their windows and their homes safer, October has been designated National Window Covering Safety Month.
No matter if you’re shopping for window coverings for children’s rooms, or furnishing a space in which kids may visit from time to time, Sunburst Shutters San Diego is here to help make sure your home is as safe as it can be.
How Might My Windows Be Hazardous?
The #1 danger to children in regards to window treatments in your home is dangling cords. Whether attached to shades, blinds, or another window treatment, these cords have caused hundreds of injuries and fatalities to especially young children over the past decade due to strangulation.
Window Treatment Cord Safety
If possible, substitute any window covering with cords in your home with non-corded replacements. Shutters, cordless shades and cordless blinds are all fantastic substitutes for corded window coverings, eliminating the most hazardous aspect of windows for the children in your house.
Plantation shutters–more than any other window treatment–are a standout choice for children’s rooms, and not only because they aren’t even offered with cord options. Sunburst plantation shutters have been designated as a top safety pick by window safety and family groups like Parents for Window Blind Safety.
Hazardous Window Treatment Finishes
For solid window treatments, certain varieties of stains, finishes, or paints can emit fumes that can have adverse effects on young children. Polywood® and Ovation® plantation shutters give off no fumes at all, and are totally safe for every space in your home.
Ask any parent and they’ll tell you that kids are instinctive climbers, and the last place you want a child climbing is close to a window. Fabric window coverings do almost nothing to protect a child from tumbling through a window, but plantation shutters can be a firm, stalwart barrier that shields your child from encountering that danger.
What You Can Do For Safe Windows
Picking the right window covering is the most critical decision you’ll make in boosting window safety in your home, but there are things you can do to help:
In kids’ rooms, make sure the crib or bed is kept away from the window. This decreases the chance of any accidents.
Try not to keep any climbable furniture or other objects near windows that may be dangerous.
Double check that all window treatments are tightly attached to the wall or window frame to prevent falling.
If cords are unavoidable, have them pulled close to the ceiling and out of reach of any children. Cords can also be retrofitted for safety–check out how to do it with this easy guide.
Make Your House Safer And Smarter, San Diego
If you have questions about how safe your windows are, we’re here to help. Call us at 760-405-8887
or fill out the form below to schedule a free consultation, during which we can walk you through all your options to ensure that you have peace of mind in your home.