If you’re choosing new window treatments for your Raleigh house, you’re likely thinking about color schemes, insulation, longevity and more. One item that you might want to consider is safety.
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) recently found select window coverings to be among the top five “hidden hazards” in homes across the country, having been to blame for 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.
No matter if you’re choosing window coverings for children’s bedrooms, or redecorating a home in which children will visit occasionally, Sunburst Shutters Raleigh is here to help make sure your home is as safe as possible.
How Can My Windows Be Dangerous?
The number one hazard to children in regards to window treatments in your house is hanging cords. Whether attached to blinds, shades, or another window covering, dangling cords have been the cause of hundreds of injuries and fatalities to infants and young children over the past ten years due to asphyxiation.
Window Covering Cord Safety
If you can, replace any corded window treatments in your home with non-corded versions. Shutters, cordless shades and cordless blinds are all fantastic substitutes for corded window treatments, getting rid of the most hazardous element of windows for the children in your house.
Plantation shutters in particular are a great choice for kids’ rooms, and not just because they aren’t offered with cord options. Sunburst plantation shutters have been recognized as a top safety pick by window safety and family groups like Parents for Window Blind Safety.
Dangerous Window Treatment Finishes
For solid window treatments, specific varieties of finishes, paints or stains may give off fumes that can have adverse effects on young children. Polywood® and Ovation® plantation shutters emit no fumes at all, and are completely safe for every area in your home.
Ask any parent and they’ll tell you that children are natural climbers, and the window is the last place you want your child to climb to. Fabric window treatments do practically nothing to protect a child from falling through a window, but plantation shutters can be a solid, stout barrier that keeps your child from coming into contact with the window.
The Little Things You Can Do To Improve Safety
Picking the right window covering is the most important choice you can make in boosting home window safety, but there are a few additional small things you can do to help:
In kids’ rooms, make sure the crib or bed is kept away from the window. The distance helps decrease likelihood of any accidents.
Try not to leave any climbable furniture or other objects near windows that may be hazardous.
Ensure that all window coverings are firmly secured to the wall or window frame to prevent falling.
If corded window treatments are absolutely necessary, make sure they’re pulled as highly as possible, tightly 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, Raleigh
If you’ve got questions about the safety of your window treatments, we’re more than happy to help. Give us a call at 919-887-9198
or use the form below to schedule your free consultation, where we can show you all your options so you can have peace of mind in your home.