Southern California Homeowners & Window Treatment Safety10/24/2016Kimball Jones When shopping for new window treatments for your Southern California home, you’re likely thinking about color schemes, insulating properties, durability and more. But another thing to keep in mind is safety. Recently, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) found select window treatments to be some of the top hazards to children in homes across the country, having been the cause of a number of injuries and even deaths among infants and small children. To increase awareness and help families find ways to increase safety around the home, October is National Window Covering Safety Month. Whether you’re choosing window coverings for children’s bedrooms, or refreshing a space in which kids could visit from time to time, Sunburst Shutters Southern CA will help ensure your house is as safe as it can be. How Might My Windows Be Hazardous? The #1 threat to children in regards to window treatments in your home is hanging cords. Whether a part of shades, blinds, or another window covering, these cords have caused a large number of injuries and fatalities to especially young children over the past decade due to asphyxiation. Window Covering Cord Safety If possible, exchange any window covering with cords in your house with cordless versions. Cordless shades, cordless blinds, and shutters are all great alternatives to corded window treatments, removing the most dangerous part of windows for the children in your house. Plantation shutters–more than any other window treatment–are a perfect choice for children’s bedrooms, and not only because they’re not offered with cord options. Sunburst plantation shutters have been recognized as a safe pick by window safety and family groups including Parents for Window Blind Safety. Hazardous Window Treatment Finishes For solid window treatments, specific kinds of finishes, paints or stains can emit fumes that may negatively affect young children. Polywood® and Ovation® plantation shutters give off no fumes whatsoever, and are completely safe for every space in your home. Falling Through Windows Almost every parent knows that children are natural climbers, and the last place you want a kid climbing is close to a window. Fabric window coverings do practically nothing to protect a child from tumbling out a window, but plantation shutters can be a firm, stout barrier that protects your child from coming into contact with the window. The Little Things You Can Do To Improve Safety Picking the right window treatment is the most important choice you’ll make in improving home window safety, but there are a few additional small things you can do as well: In kids’ rooms, move the bed or crib away from the window. The distance helps decrease likelihood of any accidents. Try not to have any scalable 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 cords are unavoidable, have them 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, Southern California If you’ve got questions about window treatment safety, we’re glad to help. Give us a call at 888-611-2474 or use the form below to set up a free consultation, where we can show you all your options so you can rest easy in your home.