Window Treatment Safety for Phoenix Homeowners10/24/2016Greg Arnett When choosing a new window covering for your Phoenix house, you’re probably considering colors, energy efficiency, resilience and more. An additional quality to think about is safety. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) recently found certain window treatments to be among the top 5 “hidden hazards” in American homes, having caused a number of injuries and deaths among infants and small children. To increase awareness and 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 coverings for kids’ rooms, or redecorating a space in which children might visit from time to time, Sunburst Shutters Phoenix is here to help ensure your house is as safe as possible. How Might My Windows Be Dangerous? The primary threat to kids when it comes to window coverings in the home is hanging cords. Whether attached to blinds, shades, or a different window treatment, hanging cords have accounted for a large number of injuries and fatalities to children over the last ten years from asphyxiation. Window Covering Cord Safety If possible, exchange any corded window coverings in your home with non-corded versions. Cordless blinds, shutters, and cordless shades are all great alternatives to corded window treatments, eliminating the most hazardous component of windows for the kids in your home. Plantation shutters especially are a great choice for kids’ bedrooms, and not only because they’re not even offered with cord options. Sunburst plantation shutters have been designated by multiple safety groups, such as Parents for Window Blind Safety, as a top safety pick. Dangerous Window Treatment Finishes For solid window treatments, some kinds of paints, stains or finishes may give off fumes that may negatively affect young children. Polywood® and Ovation® plantation shutters discharge no fumes from any finish or stain, and are completely safe for any space in your home. Window Falls Almost every parent knows that kids are natural climbers, and the window is the last place you want your child to climb to. Fabric window treatments do almost nothing to protect a child from falling through a window, but plantation shutters can provide a solid, stout barrier that shields your child from coming into contact with the window. What You Can Do For Safe Windows Selecting the proper window covering is the most important choice you can make in enhancing window safety in your home, but there are some more small things you can do to help: In kids’ rooms, keep the bed or crib away from the window. The distance helps decrease likelihood of any accidents. Try not to keep any furniture that can be easily scaled near windows that may be hazardous. Double check that all window coverings are solidly affixed to the wall or window frame to prevent falling. If corded window treatments are absolutely necessary, make sure they’re 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. Design Your Home Safer And Smarter, Phoenix If you’ve got concerns about the safety of your window treatments, we’re more than happy to help. Call us at 480-485-7743 or use the form below to schedule a free consultation, during which we can walk you through all your options so you can have peace of mind in your home.