Raleigh Homeowners & Window Treatment Safety10/24/2016Blake Jarman If you’re choosing new window coverings for your Raleigh house, you’re likely thinking about color schemes, insulating properties, resilience and more. But another thing to consider is safety. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) recently found specific 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 fatalities 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 the home is hanging cords. Whether attached to blinds, shades, or any other window covering, hanging 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 coverings, removing the most hazardous aspect 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 such as Parents for Window Blind Safety. Dangerous Window Treatment Finishes For solid window treatments, specific varieties of finishes, paints or stains may release 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. Window Falls 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 tumbling 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 enhancing home window safety, but there are a few additional 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 leave any climbable furniture or other objects near windows that may be hazardous. Make sure all window coverings are tightly secured to the wall or window frame to prevent falling. If corded window treatments are absolutely necessary, make sure they’re pulled taut so they’re higher up, 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, 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.