When choosing a new window covering for your Phoenix home, you’re probably considering colors, energy efficiency, longevity and more. An additional quality to think about is safety.
Recently, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) found certain window treatments to be some of the top potential dangers to children in American homes, having been the cause of a number of injuries and deaths among infants and small children. To increase awareness and help families find solutions to make their windows and their homes safer, October was chosen to be National Window Covering Safety Month.
No matter if you’re choosing window coverings for kids’ rooms, or redecorating a house in which children will visit from time to time, Sunburst Shutters Phoenix is here to help ensure your house is as safe as possible.
How Could My Windows Be Dangerous?
The primary threat to kids when it comes to window coverings in your house is hanging cords. Whether attached to blinds, shades, or a different window treatment, dangling cords have been involved in a large number of injuries and fatalities to children over the last ten years from asphyxiation.
Window Covering Cord Safety
If possible, substitute any window treatment with cords 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 in particular are a great choice for kids’ rooms, and not only because they’re not even offered with cord options. Sunburst plantation shutters have been designated by multiple family groups, such as Parents for Window Blind Safety, as a top safety pick.
Dangerous Window Treatment Finishes
For solid window treatments, specific types of paints, stains or finishes may release 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.
As every parent knows, children are serious climbers, and the last place you want a kid climbing is close to a window. Fabric window treatments do practically 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
Picking the proper window covering is the most important choice you can make in boosting window safety in your home, but there are 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 have any furniture that can be easily scaled near windows that may be hazardous.
Double check that all window coverings are solidly attached to the wall or window frame to prevent falling.
If corded window treatments 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.
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.