Minneapolis Homeowners & Window Treatment Safety10/24/2016George Christ If you’re shopping for a new window treatment for your Minneapolis house, you’re probably considering color schemes, energy efficiency, durability and more. But another thing to think about is safety. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) recently found specific window treatments to be some of the top potential dangers to kids in homes across the country, having been to blame for a number of injuries and even deaths among young children. To help families find ways to increase safety around the home, October has been designated National Window Covering Safety Month. Whether you’re choosing window treatments for kids’ bedrooms, or refreshing a home in which kids will visit from time to time, Sunburst Shutters Minneapolis can help make sure your house is as safe as it can be. How Can My Windows Be Hazardous? The #1 danger to children when it comes to window treatments in your house is hanging cords. Whether attached to shades, blinds, or another window treatment, hanging cords have been the cause of hundreds of injuries and fatalities to children over the last ten years due to asphyxiation. Window Treatment Cord Safety If you can, exchange any corded window treatments in your house with cordless versions. Cordless shades, cordless blinds, and shutters are all great alternatives to corded window treatments, getting rid of the most dangerous component of windows for the kids in your house. Plantation shutters–more than any other window treatment–are a great choice for kids’ bedrooms, and not just because they aren’t even 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. Hazardous Window Treatment Finishes For solid window treatments, some kinds of stains, finishes, or paints might release fumes that can have adverse effects on young children. Polywood® and Ovation® plantation shutters give off no fumes whatsoever, and are totally safe for every space in your home. Falling Through Windows Ask any parent and they’ll tell you that kids are instinctive climbers, and the last place you want a kid climbing is near a window. Fabric window coverings do practically nothing to keep a child from stumbling out a window, but plantation shutters can be a solid, stalwart barrier that protects your child from coming into contact with the window. What You Can Do To Improve Safety Selecting the right window covering is the most critical choice you’ll make in enhancing home window safety, but there are some more small things you can do to help: In kids’ bedrooms, move the bed or crib away from the window. This decreases the chance of any accidents. Don’t keep any scalable furniture or other objects near windows that may be hazardous. Ensure that all window coverings are firmly secured to the window frame or wall to prevent accidents. If corded window treatments are unavoidable, have them pulled taut so they’re higher up, out of reach of any children. Another option is to retrofit your cords, which you can do with this easy guide. Let’s Make Your Home Safer And Smarter, Minneapolis If you have questions about window treatment safety, we’re more than happy to help. Give us a call at 952-856-8130 or use the form below to set up a free consultation, where we can show you all your options so you can have peace of mind in your home.