If you’re shopping for a new window covering for your Cincinnati house, 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 specific window treatments to be some of the top potential dangers to kids 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.
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 threat 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 strangulation.
Window Treatment Cord Safety
If possible, exchange any window covering with cords in your house with non-corded versions. Cordless blinds, shutters, and cordless shades are all great alternatives to corded window coverings, getting rid of the most dangerous part of windows for the children in your house.
Plantation shutters especially are a perfect 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 stains, finishes, or paints can release fumes that may negatively affect young children. Polywood® and Ovation® plantation shutters release no fumes whatsoever, and are completely safe for every space in your house.
Almost every parent knows that children are serious climbers, and the window is the last place you want a kid to climb to. 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
Picking 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 keep any scalable furniture or other objects near windows that may be dangerous.
Ensure that all window treatments are tightly affixed 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.