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Window Treatment Safety for Southern California Homeowners

October 24, 2016

When choosing new window treatments for your Southern California house, you’re probably thinking about colors, insulation, longevity and more. But another thing to think about is safety.

Child safe plantation shutters in Southern California kitchen.

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) recently found specific window treatments to be among the top five “hidden hazards” in homes across the country, having caused a number of injuries and deaths among infants and small children. To help families find solutions to make their windows and their homes safer, October has been designated National Window Covering Safety Month.

Whether you’re shopping for window coverings for children’s rooms, or redecorating a space in which kids might visit occasionally, Sunburst Shutters Southern CA will help make sure your house is as safe as it can be.

How Can My Windows Be Hazardous?

The number one hazard to children in regards to window treatments in the home is dangling cords. Whether attached to blinds, shades, or another window treatment, these cords have been involved in hundreds of injuries and fatalities to infants and young children over the past decade from asphyxiation.

Window Treatment Cord Safety

If possible, replace any window treatment with cords in your house with non-corded replacements. Cordless shades, cordless blinds, and shutters are all great alternatives to corded window coverings, eliminating the most hazardous aspect of windows for the kids in your home.

Plantation shutters in particular are a great choice for children’s bedrooms, and not only because they’re not offered with cords. Sunburst plantation shutters have been recognized by multiple family and safety organizations, such as Parents for Window Blind Safety, as a safe pick.

Top Safety Pick by Parents for Window Blind Safety in Southern California

Dangerous Window Treatment Finishes

For solid window treatments, specific types of finishes, paints or stains may give off fumes that may negatively affect young children. Polywood® and Ovation® plantation shutters release no fumes at all, and are 100% safe for every area in your home.

Falling Through Windows

Almost every parent knows that children are natural climbers, and the window is the last place you want a kid to climb near. Fabric window coverings do virtually nothing to keep a child from tumbling through a window, but plantation shutters can provide a firm, sturdy barrier that keeps your child from coming into contact with the window.

What You Can Do For Safe Windows

Southern California infant's room with blue shades. 

Picking the best window treatment is the most important decision you’ll make in boosting window safety in your home, but there are some more small things you can do to help:

  • In children’s bedrooms, keep the bed or crib away from the window. The distance helps decrease likelihood of any accidents.

  • Try not to keep any scalable furniture or other objects near windows that may be dangerous.

  • Ensure that all window treatments are firmly attached to the wall or window frame to prevent falling.

  • If cords are unavoidable, have them pulled close to the ceiling and out of reach of any children. Retrofitting your cords is also an option with this easy guide.

Start Designing Safer And Smarter, Southern California

If you have questions about the safety of your window treatments, we’re glad to help. Give us a call at 888-611-2474 or use the form below to schedule a free consultation, during which we can show you all your options to ensure that you have peace of mind in your home.
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