Cincinnati Homeowners & Window Treatment Safety10/24/2016Lisa Renee Nieberding If you’re looking for a new window covering for your Cincinnati house, you’re probably considering colors, energy efficiency, resilience and more. An additional quality to keep in mind is safety. Recently, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) found specific 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 make their windows and their homes safer, October has been designated National Window Covering Safety Month. Whether you’re looking for window treatments for children’s rooms, or refreshing a space in which children may visit occasionally, Sunburst Shutters Cincinnati can help ensure your house is as safe as possible. How Can My Windows Be Hazardous? The primary danger to children when it comes to window treatments in your house is hanging cords. Whether a part of shades, blinds, or another window treatment, these cords have been involved in hundreds of injuries and deaths to small children over the past decade due to asphyxiation. Window Treatment Cord Safety If possible, exchange any window covering with cords in your home with non-corded versions. Cordless shades, cordless blinds, and shutters are all great substitutes for corded window coverings, removing the most dangerous part of windows for the children in your house. Plantation shutters in particular are a standout choice for kids’ bedrooms, and not only because they’re not offered with cord options. Sunburst plantation shutters have been designated by multiple family and safety groups, including Parents for Window Blind Safety, as a safe pick. Hazardous Window Treatment Finishes For solid window treatments, some kinds of finishes, paints or stains might give off fumes that may negatively affect young children. Polywood® and Ovation® plantation shutters release no fumes at all, and are completely safe for every room in your house. Window Falls As every parent knows, children are serious climbers, and the last place you want a kid climbing is up to a window. Fabric window coverings do almost nothing to keep a child from stumbling through a window, but plantation shutters can provide a firm, sturdy barrier that shields your child from coming into contact with the window. The Little Things You Can Do For Safe Windows Selecting the proper window treatment is the most crucial choice you’ll make in improving home window safety, but there are also a few other smaller things you can do as well: In children’s rooms, keep 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 dangerous. Make sure all window treatments are tightly attached to the wall or window frame to prevent accidents. If corded window treatments are absolutely necessary, have them pulled taut so they’re higher up, out of reach of any children. Cords can also be retrofitted for safety–check out how to do it with this easy guide. Let’s Make Your Home Safer And Smarter, Cincinnati If you have questions about the safety of your window treatments, we’re more than happy to help. Give us a call at 513-216-9740 or fill out the form below to schedule a free consultation, where we can walk you through all your options so you can rest easy in your home.